The Amano Shrimp is a popular shrimp with aquarium hobbyists. It’s a peaceful shrimp that is great at controlling algae and food left on the bottom of the tanks. It only grows up to about two inches and is perfect for a community tank. They’re also easy to find in most fish stores and are low maintenance. They do have the ability to consume large amounts of algae, therefore they will either need to be introduced into an established tank or they will need to be fed algae wafers until the fish tank is established.
Male or Female
Unlike many fish, it’s easy to tell the difference between the female and male Amano shrimp. Females are quite a bit larger than males, and the spots on a female’s exoskeletons will look like long dashes, whereas the males will have evenly spaced specks. Females will also have saddles beneath their stomachs where they store their eggs.
Amano Shrimp Facts
Scientific Name: Caridina multidentata
Origin: Japan and Taiwan
Care level: Easy
Diet: Omnivore, loves Algae
Breeding: egg laying but needs brackish water for eggs to hatch
Water Temperature: 64°- 82° F or 18°- 28°C
Water pH: 6.5-7.5 pH