freshwater shrimp

Freshwater Shrimp

Freshwater shrimp can be a valuable and colorful addition to a freshwater aquarium and are fun to watch.  There are freshwater shrimp that can live in almost any freshwater aquarium. They are very popular for planted tanks and community tanks, and many people use them in large aquariums for waste management and algae control.  Most like to live in tanks with live aquatic plants (java moss, bucephalandra, anubias, stem plants, mosses). This is because freshwater shrimp love to graze on the plants for algae, and the plants help keep the water clean for them.  Almost all freshwater shrimp can be kept with small to medium-sized, non-aggressive fish (such as danios, guppies, etc.)  They can vary widely in size and color and can generally be kept with other species of freshwater shrimp as well as freshwater snails.  Many can be bred and when parameters and water quality are high they can multiply and grow into a colony.   Some such as the popular Amano Shrimp, however, are more difficult to bred.  They will also range in their preferred water parameters and some prefer very soft and even acidic water so pay attention to this before purchasing any freshwater shrimp for your tank.  If you want to know if any fish you have will eat or bother shrimp, “Ghost Shrimp” are very inexpensive and commonly available shrimp available in almost any pet store.  Ghost Shrimp are small common feeder freshwater shrimp and will not eat algae but will help eat uneaten fish food and fish waste.  If the fish in your tank leave Ghost Shrimp undisturbed then some of more colorful and expensive premium freshwater shrimp will most likely also be safe, especially in a planted tank where they have plenty of cover and places to hide.  Many aquarists buy Ghost Shrimp to feed their larger, more aggressive fish such as cichlids or even saltwater fish.  Freshwater shrimp will do much better in tanks with low nitrates so maintaining high water quality is important and denitrification is a good idea.

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Types of Freshwater Shrimp

Ghost Shrimp (Palaemonetes paludosus)
Ghost Shrimp (Palaemonetes paludosus)

Ghost Shrimp (Palaemonetes paludosus)

Ghost Shrimp, also known as Glass Shrimp, are relatively easy freshwater shrimp to keep. Ghost Shrimp are almost always available for sale at local pet stores as well as at the larger chain stores. At the pet shop, they are frequently kept in a small tank with other shrimp of their kind.

Ghost Shrimp are relatively inexpensive and are often purchased as “feeders” for larger more aggressive fish. Some Cichlids can eat them all day long. But Ghost Shrimp are more than a tasty snack. They are great aquarium cleaners and can be a lot of fun to watch. Many new hobbyists don’t give Ghost Shrimp a second look, but they really can be an interesting invertebrate to keep in their own right.

Water Parameters – pH level range: 7.0 – 8.0,  Temperature range: 68° – 85° F

Difficulty – Easy

Carbon Rili Freshwater shrimp- Neocaridina davi
Carbon Rili Freshwater shrimp- Neocaridina davi

Carbon Rili Freshwater shrimp- Neocaridina davi

Carbon Rili freshwater Shrimp should be kept in a well established shrimp only tank with plenty of biofilms for them to graze on. They can also tolerate a wide range of water parameters, as long as your tank is stable and free of ammonia and nitrite. Nitrate should be under 20ppm. Feed only 2-3 times a week, make sure to remove uneaten food after 2 hours.

If you keep them in a community tank, make sure it is heavily planted so the shrimps have enough hiding places. Even small fishes like tetras and guppies will harm the shrimp. Otocinclus is the only compatible fish that will not eat shrimp.

Water Parameters – pH 6.5 – 7.5, gH 8 – 12, kH 0 – 5, TDS 250 – 300, Temperature 68 – 78F
Difficulty – Easy

Crystal Black Freshwater Shrimp
Crystal Black Freshwater Shrimp

Crystal Black Freshwater Shrimp

Scientific Name: Caridina cantonensis sp. “Crystal Black”

Crystal Black Shrimp, prefer clean, soft acidic water. A fully cycled tank is a must for these shrimps with a lot of biofilms for them to gaze on. Ammonia and nitrite should always be zero, nitrate under 25ppm.

Water Parameters – PH: 5.8 – 6.8, KH: 0 – 2, GH: 3 – 6, Water temp: 68- 78F
Difficulty: Medium

Amano Freshwater Shrimp
Amano Freshwater Shrimp

Amano Freshwater Shrimp

Amano Freshwater Shrimp are one of the most useful animals in the aquarium hobby as they will diligently clean algae off of plants in a planted tank.  They are very attractive dwarf shrimp as well! They grow about twice as large as dwarf shrimp, attaining a maximum size of over two inches! Their bodies are translucent with a bluish tint, and are covered in small, dark red dots. Amano freshwater Shrimp are totally peaceful, and are great additions to freshwater Shrimp tanks with other dwarf shrimp species as they will not interbreed with other dwarf shrimp or eat freshwater shrimp fry.

They can be kept with small to medium-sized, non-aggressive fish. They are relatively easy to care for – similar to other dwarf freshwater shrimp species. However, these shrimp are particularly difficult to breed, and very few aquarium breeders have found success breeding them in captivity. Amano freshwater shrimp prefer to live in tanks with live aquatic plants (such as java moss, willow hygro, green cabomba, etc.). This is because amano freshwater shrimp like the cover that plants provide, they love to graze on the plants for algae, and the plants help keep the water clean for them.

Water Parameters – pH level range: 6.0 – 7.6, Temperature range: 60° – 80° F Water type: Slightly hard water

Red Rili Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi)
Red Rili Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi)

Red Rili Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi)

These freshwater shrimp look great, clean your tank, and are a blast to watch! Red Rili Shrimp feature a striking red and white coloration, with the white parts often appearing translucent.  These are shrimp and can live in almost any freshwater aquarium. They are very popular for planted tanks and community tanks, and many people use them in large aquariums for waste management and algae control.

All Red Rili Freshwater shrimp are extremely adaptable creatures that can live in almost any freshwater aquarium. Some of the younger freshwater shrimp have not reached their full potential yet and will become brighter in color as long as they are comfortable in the tank. Lower intensity lighting and dark substrate also helps them achieve the brightest coloration.  They can be kept with small to medium-sized, non-aggressive fish.

Dwarf shrimp prefer to live in tanks with live aquatic plants (such as java moss, baby tears, green cabomba, etc). This is because dwarf shrimp like the cover that plants provide, they love to graze on the plants for algae, and the plants help keep the water clean for them.

Water Parameters – PH level range: 6.0 to 8.0, Temperature range: 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, Water type: Soft to hard

Orange Sakura Freshwater Shrimp
Orange Sakura Freshwater Shrimp

Orange Sakura Freshwater Shrimp

These are freshwater shrimp and can live in almost any freshwater aquarium. They are very popular for planted tanks and community tanks, and many people use them in large aquariums for waste management and algae control.

All Orange Sakura are extremely adaptable creatures that can live in almost any freshwater aquarium. Some of the younger freshwater shrimp have not reached their full potential yet and will grow into a bright orange color as long as they are comfortable in the tank. Lower intensity lighting and dark substrate also helps them achieve the brightest orange.

Dwarf shrimp prefer to live in tanks with live aquatic plants (such as java moss, baby tears, green cabomba, etc). This is because dwarf shrimp like the cover that plants provide, they love to graze on the plants for algae, and the plants help keep the water clean for them.

Water Parameters – PH level range: 6.0 to 8.0, Temperature range: 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, Water type: Soft to hard

Black Diamond Freshwater Shrimp
Black Diamond Freshwater Shrimp

Black Diamond Freshwater Shrimp

Black Diamond freshwater shrimp are a selectively bred variant of Neocaridina davidi – the same species as Sakura Red Cherry shrimp. Care requirements for these freshwater shrimp are close to those for Sakura Red Cherry shrimp. When kept in high quality water that is maintained within the recommended water parameters, these freshwater shrimp may grow into a large, beautiful colony!

Dwarf shrimp prefer to live in tanks with live aquatic plants (such as java moss, baby tears, green cabomba, etc). This is because dwarf shrimp like the cover that plants provide, they love to graze on the plants for algae, and the plants help keep the water clean for them.

Water Parameters – pH level range: 6.5 to 8.0, Temperature range: 64 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, Water type: Soft or hard, as long as it remains stable

Freshwater Bamboo aka Singapore Flower Freshwater Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)
Freshwater Bamboo aka Singapore Flower Freshwater Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)

Freshwater Bamboo aka Singapore Flower Freshwater Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)

Singapore Flower Freshwater shrimp are a truly fascinating species due to their lively personalities and their ability to quickly change color based on their mood and/or environment. Colors we see most often are an earthy tan and cerulean blue. These are one of the largest freshwater shrimp, ranging in size from 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches.

Singapore Flower Freshwater shrimp are peaceful and will get along great with any other critters in your aquarium, as long as the others aren’t aggressive towards them. Like dwarf shrimp, they eat algae and leftover fish food (as well as invertebrate food pellets.)

They can  be kept with small to medium-sized, non-aggressive fish.  Care is similar to dwarf shrimp. Freshwater shrimp prefer to live in tanks with live aquatic plants (such as java moss, willow hygro, green cabomba, etc.). This is because the freshwater shrimp like the cover that plants provide, they love to graze on the plants for algae, and the plants help keep the water clean for them.

Water Parameters – pH level range: 6.5 – 8.0, Temperature range: 68° – 85° F

Crystal Red/Black Dwarf Freshwater Shrimp
Crystal Red/Black Dwarf Freshwater Shrimp

Crystal Red/Black Dwarf Freshwater Shrimp

Their beautiful red/white and black/white coloration makes these two of the most popular and sought after freshwater shrimp! These will interbreed to create both red/white and black/white offspring – it’s a roll of the dice each time they breed!

They can be kept with other types of dwarf freshwater shrimp (such as Blue Velvet shrimp, Sakura Fire Red Cherry Shrimp, Neon Yellow Shrimp, etc.), various types of snails (such as Nerite Snails, Sulawesi Snails, etc.). They can also be kept with small to medium-sized, non-aggressive fish.

These are a bit more difficult to care for than other dwarf shrimp types and prefer very soft water with specific parameters.  Dwarf shrimp prefer to live in tanks with live aquatic plants (such as java moss, willow hygro, green cabomba, etc.). This is because dwarf shrimp like the cover that plants provide, they love to graze on the plants for algae, and the plants help keep the water clean for them.

Water Parameters – pH level range: 6.2 – 6.8, Temperature range: 70° – 78° F, Water type: Soft

Neon Yellow Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi)
Neon Yellow Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi)

Neon Yellow Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi)

Their brilliant yellow coloration draws the eye directly to these dynamic little freshwater shrimp and adds charm and cheer to any aquarium set-up. Neon yellow freshwater shrimp look great, clean your tank, and are a blast to watch! They are very active and breed quickly.

Neon yellow freshwater shrimp are fairly adaptable creatures that can live in almost any freshwater aquarium with the right water parameters. Younger freshwater shrimp may have not reached their full potential yet and will grow into a bright yellow color as long as they are comfortable in the tank. Lower intensity lighting and dark substrate also helps them achieve the most vibrant yellow.

Water Parameters – PH level range: 6.0 to 8.0, Temperature range: 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, Water type: Soft to hard

Blue Velvet Freshwater Shrimp
Blue Velvet Freshwater Shrimp

Blue Velvet Freshwater Shrimp – Neocaridina davidi

Blue Velvet freshwater shrimp should be kept in a well established freshwater shrimp only tank with plenty of biofilms for them to graze on. They can also tolerate a wide range of water parameters, as long as your tank is stable and free of ammonia and nitrite. Nitrate should be under 20ppm.

If you keep them in a community tank, make sure it is heavily planted so the shrimps have enough hiding places. Even small fishes like tetras and guppies will harm this shrimp if there is no plant cover. Otocinclus is the only compatible fish that will not eat shrimp.

Water Parameters – pH 6.5 – 7.5, gH 8 – 12, kH 0 – 5, TDS 250 – 300, Temperature 68 – 78F
Difficulty: Easy

Freshwater Shrimp for Sale

5 Carbon Rili Freshwater shrimp- Neocaridina davidi
5 Carbon Rili Freshwater shrimp- Neocaridina davidi

5 Carbon Rili Freshwater shrimp- Neocaridina davidi Live Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp – 1/4 to 1 inch long by SoShrimp

  • 5 Carbon Rili Freshwater Shrimp for your freshwater aquarium.
  • Freshwater Shrimp size: 1/4 to 1 inch, juvenile shrimp to young adult.
  • Distinctive rili pattern with clear center, black on the head and tail.
  • Free moss will be included for the shrimps to hold on to during the ride.
  • Live Arrival Guaranteed!

Carbon Rili shrimp, Neocaridina davidi var.

10 S+ Grade CBS Crystal Black Freshwater Shrimp - 1/4 to 1/2 inch long
10 S+ Grade CBS Crystal Black Freshwater Shrimp – 1/4 to 1/2 inch long

10 S+ Grade CBS Crystal Black Freshwater Shrimp – 1/4 to 1/2 inch long by SoShrimp

  • 10 S+ Grade Crystal Black Freshwater Shrimp
  • Shrimp size: 1/4″ – 1/2″ long, unsexed juvenile.
  • Very vibrant black and white color.
  • Free moss will be included.
  • 100% live arrival guaranteed.

Scientific Name: Caridina cantonensis sp. “Crystal Black”

Crystal Red Shrimp, or CRS prefer clean, soft acidic water. A fully cycled tank is a must for these shrimps with a lot of biofilms for them to gaze on. Ammonia and nitrite should always be zero, nitrate under 25ppm.

10 Live Amano Freshwater Shrimp (Caridina multidentata, aka Yamato shrimp) - 1/2 to 1 1/2 Inch Young Adults!
10 Live Amano Freshwater Shrimp (Caridina multidentata, aka Yamato shrimp) – 1/2 to 1 1/2 Inch Young Adults!

10 Live Amano Freshwater Shrimp (Caridina multidentata, aka Yamato shrimp) – 1/2 to 1 1/2 Inch Young Adults! Better than Ghost Shrimp! BEST Algae Eating Shrimp in the World! by Aquatic Arts

  • These freshwater Shrimp feature translucent bodies with a bluish tint, covered in small, dark red dots.
  • Amano freshwater Shrimp are widely known as the single best algae eating shrimp in the world. They even eat hair algae, thread algae, and beard algae!
  • Dwarf freshwater Shrimp are very small and are not ideal for aquariums with medium to large-sized fish. Please research dwarf freshwater Shrimp before purchasing to ensure compatibility with your tank’s inhabitants.
  • Grows larger than any other dwarf freshwater Shrimp in the hobby. The amano freshwater Shrimp we ship out range from 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches in length.
  • All Aquatic Arts brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support directly from the owners!

Amano freshwater Shrimp are one of the most useful animals in the aquarium hobby, and they are very attractive dwarf shrimp as well! They grow about twice as large as dwarf shrimp, attaining a maximum size of over two inches! Their bodies are translucent with a bluish tint, and are covered in small, dark red dots. Amano freshwater Shrimp are totally peaceful, and are great additions to freshwater Shrimp tanks with other dwarf shrimp species as they will not interbreed with other dwarf shrimp or eat freshwater shrimp fry.

5 Live Red Rili Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) - Breeding Age Young Adults at 1/2 to 1 Inch
5 Live Red Rili Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) – Breeding Age Young Adults at 1/2 to 1 Inch

5 Live Red Rili Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) – Breeding Age Young Adults at 1/2 to 1 Inch Long by Aquatic Arts

  • All Aquatic Arts™ (formerly InvertObsession™) brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support directly from the owners!
  • These ship out as breeding age young adults that range from 1/2 to 1 inch in length.
  • Dwarf freshwater shrimp are very small and are not ideal for aquariums with medium to large-sized fish. Please research dwarf freshwater shrimp before purchasing to ensure compatibility with your tank’s inhabitants.
  • These freshwater shrimp feature a striking red and white coloration, with the white parts often appearing translucent.
  • A colony of freshwater shrimp works as a very effective cleaning crew for your tanks, cleaning up algae and waste!

Add some color and excitement to your aquarium with Red Rili Shrimp! These freshwater shrimp look great, clean your tank, and are a blast to watch! Red Rili Shrimp feature a striking red and white coloration, with the white parts often appearing translucent. We ship young adult freshwater shrimp that are already of breeding age.

10 Live Orange Sakura Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) - Breeding Age Young Adults at 1/2 to 1 Inch
10 Live Orange Sakura Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) – Breeding Age Young Adults at 1/2 to 1 Inch

10 Live Orange Sakura Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) – Breeding Age Young Adults at 1/2 to 1 Inch Long by Aquatic Arts

  • These freshwater shrimp feature a cheerful and sunny orange coloration!
  • These ship out as breeding age young adults that range from 1/2 to 1 inch in length.
  • Dwarf freshwater shrimp are very small and are not ideal for aquariums with medium to large-sized fish. Please research dwarf freshwater shrimp before purchasing to ensure compatibility with your tank’s inhabitants.
  • All Aquatic ArtsTM (formerly InvertObsessionTM) brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support directly from the owners!
  • A colony of freshwater shrimp works as a very effective cleaning crew for your tanks, cleaning up algae and waste!

Add some color and excitement to your aquarium with Orange Sakura Shrimp! These freshwater shrimp look great, clean your tank, and are a blast to watch! Orange Sakura Shrimp are a bright yellow-orange color and are sure to add some cheer to any aquarium! We ship young adult freshwater shrimp that are already of breeding age.

5 Live Black Diamond Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi - 1/2 to 1 inch Breeding Age Adults!)
5 Live Black Diamond Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi – 1/2 to 1 inch Breeding Age Adults!)

5 Live Black Diamond Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi – 1/2 to 1 inch Breeding Age Adults!) by Aquatic Arts

  • All InvertObsession™ brand plants and animals (sold by Aquatic Arts™) come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support directly from the owners!
  • These freshwater shrimp have a stunning dark color that must be seen to be believed!
  • Dwarf freshwater shrimp are very small and are not ideal for aquariums with medium to large-sized fish. Please research dwarf freshwater shrimp before purchasing to ensure compatibility with your tank’s inhabitants.
  • Black Diamond freshwater shrimp are a selectively bred variant of Neocaridina davidi – the same species as Sakura Red Cherry shrimp. Care requirements for these freshwater shrimp are close to those for Sakura Red Cherry shrimp.
  • These freshwater shrimp are about as hardy and easy to care for as Sakura Red Cherry shrimp!

Black Diamond Freshwater shrimp feature a stunning dark color that must be seen to be believed! Known to some as Black Tiger Shrimp, these stunning animals are a deep black-brown color, which immediately draws all eyes to them in any aquarium set-up!

Each bag contains at least 5 Black Diamond shrimp, but we usually ship extras. We ship young adult freshwater shrimp that are already of breeding age, ranging from 1/2 to 1 inch long

5 Red Mixed Pattern Red Wine Freshwater Shrimp Caridina
5 Red Mixed Pattern Red Wine Freshwater Shrimp Caridina

5 Red Mixed Pattern Red Wine Freshwater Shrimp Caridina Live – by Aquarium Creation

  • 5 Healthy Red King Kong Freshwater Shrimp ranging from juvies to adults with mixed patterns
  • Excellent addition to an aquarium for an added touch of color.
  • Not picky with food. They thrive off of algae, veggies, quality shrimp food and much more.
  • 100% DOA Live Arrival Guaranteed
10 Crystal Red Freshwater Shrimp Caridina
10 Crystal Red Freshwater Shrimp Caridina

10 Crystal Red Freshwater Shrimp Caridina Live – by Aquarium Creation

  • 10 Healthy Crystal Red Freshwater Shrimp ranging from juvies to adults.
  • Excellent addition to an aquarium for an added touch of color.
  • Not picky with food. They thrive off of algae, veggies, quality shrimp food and much more.
  • 100% DOA Live Arrival Guaranteed

These are our home bred freshwater shrimp with solid looking colors and healthy.  Crystal Red Freshwater shrimp are some of the most popular freshwater shrimp due to their wonderful red color and overall ease of care within the Caridina family.  100% live arrival guaranteed.

5 Live Sakura Fire Red Cherry Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) - Breeding Age Young Adults at 1/2 to 1 Inch Long
5 Live Sakura Fire Red Cherry Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) – Breeding Age Young Adults at 1/2 to 1 Inch Long

5 Live Sakura Fire Red Cherry Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) – Breeding Age Young Adults at 1/2 to 1 Inch Long – by Aquatic Arts

  • These freshwater shrimp ship as breeding age young adults and range from 1/2 to 1 inch in length. They are the highest grade of red cherry shrimp, meaning their coloration is among the most intense red you’ll ever find!
  • Dwarf shrimp are very small and are not ideal for aquariums with medium to large-sized fish. Please research dwarf shrimp before purchasing to ensure compatibility with your tank’s inhabitants.
  • The bulk of shrimps’ diet is biofilm, algae, and decaying plant matter so it will work diligently to clean up the waste in any aquarium.
  • A colony of freshwater shrimp works as a very effective cleaning crew for your tanks, cleaning up algae and waste!
  • All Aquatic Arts brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support directly from the owners!

Add some color and excitement to your aquarium with red cherry shrimp! These freshwater shrimp look great, clean your tank, and are a blast to watch! They are very active and breed very quickly.

5 Live Freshwater Neon Yellow Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi - 1/2 to 1 Inch Long)
5 Live Freshwater Neon Yellow Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi – 1/2 to 1 Inch Long)

5 Live Freshwater Neon Yellow Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi – 1/2 to 1 Inch Long) by Aquatic Arts

  • In aquariums without much algae or biofilm, these freshwater shrimp should be fed high quality flake and mini pellet dry foods with high algae/spirulina/plant content.
  • These are breeding age young adults that will breed in a home freshwater aquarium! They range from 1/2 to 1 inch in length.
  • Extremely bright and striking yellow color!
  • Dwarf freshwater shrimp are very small and are not ideal for aquariums with medium to large-sized fish. Please research dwarf shrimp before purchasing to ensure compatibility with your tank’s inhabitants.

Their brilliant yellow coloration draws the eye directly to these dynamic little freshwater shrimp and adds charm and cheer to any aquarium set-up. Neon yellow freshwater shrimp look great, clean your tank, and are a blast to watch! They are very active and breed quickly.

10 Blue Velvet Freshwater Shrimp - Neocaridina davidi Live Shrimp - 1/4 to 1 inch long
10 Blue Velvet Freshwater Shrimp – Neocaridina davidi Live Shrimp – 1/4 to 1 inch long

10 Blue Velvet Freshwater Shrimp – Neocaridina davidi Live Shrimp – 1/4 to 1 inch long by SoShrimp

  • 10 Blue Velvet freshwater shrimp
  • Shrimp size: 1/4 to 1 inch, juvenile freshwater shrimp to young adult.
  • Beautiful light blue color.
  • Free moss will be included for the shrimps to hold on to during shipping.
  • Live Arrival Guaranteed!

Blue Velvet freshwater shrimp should be kept in a well established freshwater shrimp only tank with plenty of biofilms for them to graze on. They can also tolerate a wide range of water parameters, as long as your tank is stable and free of ammonia and nitrite. Nitrate should be under 20ppm. Feed only 2-3 times a week, make sure to remove uneaten food after 2 hours.

2 LARGE Freshwater Bamboo Shrimp/Singapore Flower Freshwater Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)
2 LARGE Freshwater Bamboo Shrimp/Singapore Flower Freshwater Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)

2 LARGE Freshwater Bamboo Shrimp/Singapore Flower Freshwater Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis) – 2+ inch Young Adults by Aquatic Arts

  • All Aquatic Arts™ (formerly InvertObsession™) brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support directly from the owners!
  • These freshwater shrimp are able to change colors, and they will range from tan to dark brown, and once they become comfortable in their surroundings, they turn into a vibrant red or blue!
  • These are larger than dwarf shrimp, growing to a maximum size of 3 1/2 inches.
  • Easy to keep in a home freshwater aquarium – no special equipment is needed for these exotic animals.

Singapore Flower Freshwater shrimp are a truly fascinating species due to their lively personalities and their ability to quickly change color based on their mood and/or environment. Colors we see most often are an earthy tan and cerulean blue. These are one of the largest freshwater shrimp, ranging in size from 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches.

Crystal Red/Crystal Black Dwarf Freshwater Shrimp COMBO Pack - 3 of Each!
Crystal Red/Crystal Black Dwarf Freshwater Shrimp COMBO Pack – 3 of Each!

Crystal Red/Crystal Black Dwarf Freshwater Shrimp COMBO Pack – 3 of Each! by Aquatic Arts

  • Comes with 3 Crystal Red Freshwater shrimp and 3 Crystal Black Shrimp.
  • Dwarf shrimp are very small and are not ideal for aquariums with medium to large-sized fish. Please research dwarf shrimp before purchasing to ensure compatibility with your tank’s inhabitants.
  • Fantastic coloration is sure to stand out in your aquariums, especially on green plants!
  • Needs water with 7.2 ph or lower, and they do not do well in hard water.
  • All Aquatic Arts™ (formerly InvertObsession™) brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support directly from the owners!

These freshwater shrimp are A-S grade, meaning the intense coloration covers most to all of the body. Higher grades of Crystal Red and Crystal Black Shrimp actually have more white coverage and less black coverage, and can be very difficult to keep as they are much more sensitive than these. A-S grade CRS and CBS are the best starting point for anyone that wants to keep these varieties of shrimp, and I personally think the A-S grade freshwater shrimp are the most beautiful because they have equal amounts of red/white and black/white.

Recommended Tank Parameters:
– pH level range: 6.2 – 6.8
– Temperature range: 70° – 78° F
– Water type: Soft

Additional Notes:
A bit more difficult to care for than other dwarf shrimp types – we recommend sticking VERY closely to the recommended tank parameters.

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Freshwater Shrimp Anatomy

The following information can generally be applied to all shrimp, including freshwater shrimp.  The term shrimp is used to refer to some decapod crustaceans, although the exact animals covered can vary. Used broadly, it may cover any of the groups with elongated bodies and a primarily swimming mode of locomotion. Shrimp may be synonymous with prawn, covering stalk-eyed swimming crustaceans with long narrow muscular tails (abdomens), long whiskers (antennae), and slender legs. Any small crustacean which resembles a shrimp tends to be called one. They swim forward by paddling with swimmerets on the underside of their abdomens, although their escape response is typically repeated flicks with the tail driving them backwards very quickly. Crabs and lobsters have strong walking legs, whereas shrimp have thin fragile legs which they use primarily for perching.

Shrimp are widespread and abundant. There are thousands of species adapted to a wide range of habitats.  There are many different species of both marine as well as freshwater shrimp. They can be found feeding near the seafloor on most coasts and estuaries, as well as in rivers and lakes. To escape predators, some species flip off the seafloor and dive into the sediment. They usually live from one to seven years. Shrimp are often solitary, though they can form large schools during the spawning season.

A School of Shrimp
A School of Shrimp

They play important roles in the food chain and are an important food source for larger animals ranging from fish to whales. The muscular tails of many shrimp are edible to humans, and they are widely caught and farmed for human consumption. Commercial shrimp species support an industry worth 50 billion dollars a year, and in 2010 the total commercial production of shrimp was nearly 7 million tons. Shrimp farming became more prevalent during the 1980s, particularly in China, and by 2007 the harvest from shrimp farms exceeded the capture of wild shrimp.  Many shrimp species are small as the term shrimp suggests, about 2 cm (0.79 in) long, but some shrimp exceed 25 cm (9.8 in). Larger shrimp are more likely to be targeted commercially, and are often referred to as prawns, particularly in Britain.

A Freshwater Shrimp with Eggsac
A Female Freshwater Shrimp with Egg sack

The body of the shrimp is divided into two main parts: the head and thorax which are fused together to form the cephalothorax, and a long narrow abdomen. The shell which protects the cephalothorax is harder and thicker than the shell elsewhere on the shrimp and is called the carapace. The carapace typically surrounds the gills, through which water is pumped by the action of the mouthparts. The rostrum, eyes, whiskers and legs also issue from the carapace. The rostrum, from the Latin rōstrum meaning beak, looks like a beak or pointed nose at the front of the shrimp’s head. It is a rigid forward extension of the carapace and can be used for attack or defense. It may also stabilize the shrimp when it swims backward. Two bulbous eyes on stalks sit either side of the rostrum. These are compound eyes which have panoramic vision and are very good at detecting movement. Two pairs of whiskers (antennae) also issue from the head. One of these pairs is very long and can be twice the length of the shrimp, while the other pair is quite short. The antennae have sensors on them which allow the shrimp to feel where they touch, and also allow them to “smell” or “taste” things by sampling the chemicals in the water. The long antennae help the shrimp orient itself with regard to its immediate surroundings, while the short antennae help assess the suitability of prey.

The muscular abdomen has six segments and has a thinner shell than the carapace. Each segment has a separate overlapping shell, which can be transparent. The first five segments each have a pair of appendages on the underside, which are shaped like paddles and is used for swimming forward. The appendices are called pleopods or swimmerets, and can be used for more purposes than just swimming. Some shrimp species use them for brooding eggs, others have gills on them for breathing, and the males in some species use the first pair or two for insemination. The sixth segment terminates in the telson flanked by two pairs of appendages called the uropods. The uropods allow the shrimp to swim backward, and function like rudders, steering the shrimp when it swims forward. Together, the telson and uropods form a splayed tail fan. If a shrimp is alarmed, it can flex its tail fan in a rapid movement. This results in a backward dart called the caridoid escape reaction (aka lobstering).

Most shrimp are omnivorous, but some are specialized for particular modes of feeding. Some are filter feeders, using their setose (bristly) legs as a sieve; some scrape algae from rocks. Cleaner shrimp feed on the parasites and necrotic tissue of the reef fish they groom. In turn, shrimp are eaten by various animals, particularly fish and birds, and can also host parasites.

A Pair of Freshwater Shrimp Mating. The Smaller Male is on top.
A Pair of Freshwater Shrimp Mating. The Smaller Male is on top.

As an example of mating, females of the freshwater shrimp Caridina ensifera are capable of storing sperm from multiple partners, and thus can produce progeny with different paternities. Reproductive success of sires was found to correlate inversely with their genetic relatedness to the mother. This finding suggests that sperm competition and/or pre- and post-copulatory female choice occurs. Female choice may increase the fitness of progeny by reducing inbreeding depression that ordinarily results from the expression of homozygous deleterious recessive mutations.

Freshwater Shrimp Photo Gallery

Ghost Shrimp (Palaemonetes paludosus)
Ghost Shrimp (Palaemonetes paludosus)

 

 

 

 

A Carbon Rili Freshwater Shrimp riding on top of a Bamboo Shrimp
A Carbon Rili Freshwater Shrimp riding on top of a Bamboo Shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Wine Freshwater Shrimp
Red Wine Freshwater Shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Red Dwarf Freshwater Shrimp
Crystal Red Dwarf Freshwater Shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

Red Rili Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi)
Red Rili Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Sakura Freshwater Shrimp
Orange Sakura Freshwater Shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Velvet Freshwater Shrimp
Blue Velvet Freshwater Shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Black Freshwater Shrimp
Crystal Black Freshwater Shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

Black Diamond Freshwater Shrimp
Black Diamond Freshwater Shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

Carbon Rili Freshwater shrimp- Neocaridina davi
Carbon Rili Freshwater shrimp- Neocaridina davi

 

 

 

 

 

Amano Freshwater Shrimp
Amano Freshwater Shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

Freshwater Bamboo aka Singapore Flower Freshwater Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)
Freshwater Bamboo aka Singapore Flower Freshwater Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Red/Black Dwarf Freshwater Shrimp
Crystal Red Dwarf Freshwater Shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

Sakura Fire Red Cherry Freshwater Shrimp
Sakura Fire Red Cherry Freshwater Shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

Neon Yellow Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi)
Neon Yellow Freshwater Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A School of Shrimp
A School of Shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

A Female Freshwater Shrimp with Egg sack
A Female Freshwater Shrimp with Egg sack

 

 

 

 

 

A Pair of Freshwater Shrimp Mating. The Smaller Male is on top.
A Pair of Freshwater Shrimp Mating. The Smaller Male is on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freshwater Shrimp Anatomy
Freshwater Shrimp Anatomy

 

 

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