Top 10 aquarium shrimps

Top 10 aquarium shrimps

Shrimps are a favorite of aquarists around the world


Freshwater shrimp acquired the status of aquarium inhabitants quite recently, but even in such a short time have won the hearts of almost all aquarists. They not only helped to add variety to cozy underwater world but also proved to be incredibly useful, many species actively eat organic debris and filamentous algae. Thanks to the work of breeders, a huge number of shrimp color forms can be found on sale: red, yellow, blue, striped, etc.

Most shrimp species are unpretentious to care for and breed easily at home. And watching these fidgets gives a lot of pleasure. We bring to your attention the top 10 aquarium shrimps that can become full-fledged inhabitants of your underwater corners.

Cherry Shrimp

Cherry shrimp in aquarium

Cherry shrimp  is the most popular and recognizable aquarium shrimp. The size of adults is 2.5-4 cm. A distinctive feature is the red color of the body of varying intensity. To keep Cherries you need an aquarium of 5 liters or more. Crustaceans are unpretentious to water parameters. They are best kept with small species of fish, but even then you will need a lot of hiding places because young Cherries always have a chance to be eaten.

The Shrimp feed on leftover fish food, algae, and specialized dry shrimp food. The process of breeding Cherry Shrimp is very simple and usually does not require the intervention of the aquarist. With a sufficient number of individuals, crustaceans will quickly reproduce on their own. Breeding in a separate aquarium may be necessary to maintain vibrant body coloration in future generations.

Amano shrimp

Amano shrimp

The Amano shrimp is named after the famous aquarium designer who began to actively use it in his magnificent works to combat filamentous algae that inevitably appear in forced herbalists. Amano Shrimp grows quite large – up to 7 cm in length. The appearance does not differ in brightness, the body is usually translucent with dark spots. A golden stripe runs along the upper body.

Amano Shrimp are not fussy about keeping. It is better to settle them in groups, while it is desirable that one shrimp has at least 5 liters of water. You can keep Amano Shrimp with the most peaceful aquarium fish.  Algae, detritus, dry food for crustaceans form the basis of food for Amano Shrimp.

Unfortunately, breeding Amano shrimp is not the easiest process. This is due to the fact that the larvae develop in saltwater, and then are transferred back to freshwater.

Macrobrachium Shrimp

Macrobrachium shrimp

The name of the genus to which these crustaceans belong is translated as “big-armed”. This reflects their main feature – strongly developed pincers on the first pair of legs, which are used by shrimps to grab food or hold on to a sexual partner. Macrobrachiums are an incredibly diverse group of shrimp.

To keep one such shrimp, you will need at least 15 liters of water. But it is difficult to call livable macrobrachiums. It is better not to add other shrimps to macrobrachiums;  With fish the situation is better, but their “long-armed” shrimp can try to grab. Reproduction is possible, but it only takes place without problems in species whose larvae do not trumpet saltwater.Keeping them in a group may not be a good option as they are quite aggressive and tend to fight and injure each other.

Shrimp Filter

Shrimp filter

Filtering Shrimp has an interesting way of getting food. The first two pairs of legs are fan-shaped with numerous small hooks that catch and hold the prey as if filtering it out of the water. In nature, shrimp catch microorganisms, small pieces of food. Filters can grow up to 10 in length. The color is extremely diverse, it can be sandy, brown, green, yellowish.

For the maintenance of a group of filter feeders, an aquarium of 60 liters or more is best suited. It is recommended to install bumps of stones on the line of the water flow from the filter, sitting on which the shrimps love to catch food. It is most convenient to use finely chopped dry flakes or specialty food for fry.

Filters get along well with peaceful species of fish, other shrimp and do not spoil live plants. Reproduction at home is difficult due to the fact that the larvae develop in saltwater.

Shrimp Crystal

Shrimp "Red Crystal"

One of the popular breeding forms of Shrimp, a distinctive feature of which is the alternation in the color of white and red/black stripes. Initially, the name “crystal” referred only to the red form but later extended to black relatives. Crystals are small – about 3 cm. Females are larger than males.

To keep Shrimp Crystal, you need an aquarium of 10 liters or more. These crustaceans are more whimsical than other types of shrimp: do not forget to monitor the water parameters and make regular changes. Breeding at home is possible.

Yellow shrimp

Yellow shrimp

The yellow shrimp is a close relative of the well-known cherry shrimp. A distinctive feature of the breed is rich yellow body color. These Shrimps are also known as Yellow Pearl, Yellow Fire, Neon Yellow. Crustaceans grow up to 4 cm in length.

To keep a group of 10-15 individuals, an aquarium of 10 liters or more will be enough. Presence of living plants is desirable, especially mosses, riccia, cladophora, etc. are fond of. Keeping with peaceful fish species is possible, but it is necessary to have shelters. Yellow Shrimps are vulnerable at a young age and after molting until the shell has hardened. It is advisable not to settle them in very soft water. They eat well shrimp feed, as well as algae and detritus. Reproduction is not difficult and takes place without the intervention of the aquarist.

Babaulti Shrimp

Babaulti shrimp
They are small Shrimps (up to 4 cm in length) that are true disguise geniuses. The coloration of these arthropods is unusually varied, most often you can find green or brown individuals, but there are blue, red, and orange forms. There are often stripes. However, they are able to change body color depending on the conditions of detention, feeding, or mood. Aquarists note that it is extremely difficult to see the hidden shrimp.

It is desirable to use live plants and natural driftwood. Any peaceful species will make great shrimp neighbors. Babaulti shrimp reproduce easily and independently.

Shrimp Cardinals

Cardinal shrimp

The cardinal shrimp is found exclusively in Lake Matano (Sulawesi island, Indonesia). This is one of the most difficult aquarium shrimp to keep. Also,due to the fact that the water in the specified natural lake has a special chemical composition that needs to be recreated almost identically.Special sets of salts are used in combination with osmotic water.

The Cardinal Shrimp itself is very beautiful.  Body size – 2 cm, life expectancy is about a year. Keeping shrimp is best in species aquariums. The crustaceans are fed with specialized feed for shrimp. Reproduction at home is possible by creating comfortable conditions in the aquarium.

Blue Dream Shrimp

Blue Dream Shrimp

Blue Dream Shrimp is a breeding form of the well-known Neocaridina Heteropoda Shrimp. A distinctive feature of the breed is a rich blue or blue body color. The size of adults is about 3 cm. Fishes can be kept in an aquarium of 10 litres.Shrimps are unpretentious in keeping, get along well with peaceful fish species and reproduce independently in an aquarium. Blue Dream shrimp eat special food, as well as algae and organic residues at the bottom.

Riley shrimp

Riley shrimp

The Riley Shrimp was obtained from the popular cherry shrimp through careful selection work to select individuals with color from alternating brightly colored and transparent body parts. The size of adults is 2.5-4 cm. The most common forms are red, yellow, and orange, less often blue and black. The content is completely similar to shrimp and cherries. You will need an aquarium of 10 liters or more, preferably with live plants. You can settle them with peaceful fish species. It is best to feed it with specialized food for crustaceans. Riley shrimp breed independently and at a fast pace.

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