Bamboo Shrimp is a very popular variety of Aquarium shrimps. It has several names like – banana shrimp, forest, Atyopsis, bamboo shrimp, etc.
This representative of shrimp has a calm character and very popular among aquarists, but it costs a lot of money.
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Bamboo Shrimp has a unique shape of front claws in the form of a fan, thanks to which it perfectly filters debris at the bottom of an Aquarium. This is a convenient mechanism that allows them to not spend additional efforts to obtain food from the bottom.
While cleaning one fan claw, the shrimp continues to work with the other claw, like collecting nutrients from the water.
The surface of the Claw is equipped with microscopic bristles that work as indicators to recognize the usefulness and harmfulness of prey.
Bamboo Shrimp is quite large. This is because in nature they have to withstand a large flow of water. Also, the clumsy body makes them clumsy due to the conversion of the front paws into a fan.
The remaining two pairs of legs are designed for movement, which is not too convenient.
The life expectancy of Bamboo Shrimp is from one year to two years. Under good conditions, this period may increase. The adult reaches 6–10 cm in size.
The males have more developed mobile limbs, which they use more as hooks to hold on plants and loosen the soil. Most representatives die when transferred to a new aquarium due to stress, as this species is very sensitive to change.
Bamboo Shrimp Aquarium Conditions
Aquarium with Bamboo Shrimp must have enough space for shrimp and continuous flow in water and elevated places.
The shrimp spends all its time mostly in the bottom, therefore, in the aquarium, external and internal filtration systems that recreate the natural flow of water must be installed.
Also, you can equip the aquarium with a pump for pumping water in the direction where driftwood and hills are installed.
Shrimps do not like sudden changes in the aquarium and prefer the usual hydrochemical composition of the water.
Desired Parameters For Keeping Bamboo Shrimp:
- The temperature should be between 24-26 degrees. In the summer, they can easily tolerate a temperature increase of up to 30 degrees.
- Optimal acid balance and hardness (pH 6.5–7.5, dH 6–15).
- The aquarium should have a good concentration of oxygen.
Bamboo Shrimp Tank Mates
Shrimps do not get along well with the aggressive representatives of other amphibians, as they are not able to fend for themself, therefore aggressive species like large barbs, cichlids should not be kept with them.
Amano shrimps and neocardines are considered good tank mates for them. In small-aquarium, shrimp can be territorial, pushing another representative from a “good” place.
To keep the Bamboo Shrimp, you need a circulating water flow and the location of stones and snags at the bottom of the aquarium in the direction of flow.
Bamboo Shrimps float forward and backward. The territory of their activity is not limited only to the bottom of the tank, they perfectly master all the available space.
It happens that shrimps crawl out onto the surface of the equipment if it rises above the water, or even can leave the aquarium.
It is advised to always close the container to avoid the moment of escape. When the shrimp sits close to the surface of the water – this may mean that it does not have enough food.
Bamboo Shrimp Feeding
Bamboo Shrimp is fed by filters on the front legs. She places a fan in the direction of the flow of water and catches particles of food, microorganisms, and other garbage.
Shrimps love when aquariums are cleaned, plants are transplanted and can move closer to the filter during washing since the rest of the feed spreading through the water falls out.
Suitable for feeding Bamboo Shrimps:
- Small fish food in the form of frozen brine shrimp;
- crushed flakes (soaked and mixed into gruel);
- frozen small bloodworm.
In pet stores, Bamboo Shrimp filter feeders are often not in good standing, so when transferring to a new place, they begin to actively explore the bottom in search of food.
This behavior is considered normal, and at first, they need to be plentifully fed.
In a perfectly clean aquarium, creatures will starve, so it’s good when the water is slightly cloudy. Otherwise, even two meals a day under these conditions will not be enough, and the shrimp will not last long.
It is sometimes useful to add salt to the water, as aquarists advise, to saturate calcium salts.
Reproduction and Growth
This representative can only reproduce in seawater. In a fresh environment, newborns develop poorly and die quickly. Successful home breeding cases are extremely rare.
In the natural environment, the female lays about 200 eggs, which are carried by the current in the sea. About 20−30 days, the larva grows and develops in marine fluid, then independently moves to a freshwater river.
It is difficult to create such conditions at home, which makes it difficult to reproduce the shrimp in the aquarium.
Shell Dropping of Bamboo Shrimps
Shrimps molt during growth and development, and when they drop their shells, they become larger. The procedure occurs approximately every two months.
Shedding is a very difficult and painful moment for shrimps, but if the conditions in the aquarium are optimal, the changes go well. Before molting begins, in a day or two the shrimp begins to hide under stones, driftwood, and plants.
It is important to create conditions where she could take refuge. The main process takes place at night, but another two days after this, the individual hides until a new shell grows stronger.
The shrimp shell consists of chitin, its change allows them to restore damaged or lost parts of the body. Even if the legs or antennae were missing, which often happens when buying at the pet store, these parts are restored when molting.
But for the shell change to go smoothly, it is necessary to maintain optimal conditions for keeping the shrimp.
Although in female shrimps, Eggs can be seen on the paws, it is not so easy to grow them. The adult representative does not tolerate seawater, which makes it difficult to deliver eggs from fresh to salty.
To create such a movement artificially is very difficult, which explains the high cost of this species.
Also, the creature is quite calm and inconspicuous, which will not always decorate the aquarium, and not everyone will like it.
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