Shrimp for the Shrimp tank
What are your options for Shrimp in Australia?
Dwarf freshwater shrimp are becoming very popular in Australia. They eat algae, scavage, and breed like crazy if you let them. We stock many types of shrimp, we also have brine shrimp eggs for sale! Brine shrimp make excellent pet fish food, and if you are looking for ready to go premium food, decapsulated fish eggs, click here. However, freshwater shrimp tend to be pets and we will now explore what pet shrimp is available from our store.
Amano (aka Typus): well known but hard to source algae-eating (Caridina typus)
Colourful Red cherry shrimp (Neocaridina davidi),
Crystal red shrimp (Caridina cantonensis),
Small nano-aquariums are ideal for growing shrimp, particularly the Aquael shrimp set range.
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Freshwater Shrimp Factsheet
Water requirements do change depending on the species,
Test kit: Ammonia and nitrites should always be 0, nitrates should be below 10 ppm.
PH: extremes are to be avoided so keep the water neutral.
When using plant supplements or medications, purchase the shrimp safe versions as these have 0 copper, and copper is toxic to freshwater shrimp.
Do a 20% water exchange every week using the drip method or a Siphon Vacuum Gravel Cleaner.
Treat tap water with water conditioner before adding it to the aquarium, shrimp enjoy dechlorinated water.
Tips for the Shrimp Aquarium
Always use a sponge pre-filter over the intake to prevent any shrimp from being sucked into the filter.
Breeders use air-driven sponge filters like this.
A planted aquarium filled with Live plants such as Java moss is highly recommended. These planted tanks give a feeling of safety for your small denizens.
The substrate should be pH neutral otherwise it will disturb the pH of the water.
Mature aquariums are preferred as they have a biological filter and tends to have algae built up. Make sure you cycle the aquarium for a couple of months before adding shrimp.
Aquarium Shrimp Compatibility
Generally within the same tank you may keep a different genus of freshwater shrimp however cross-mixing species is usually seen as undesirable, so keep the same species apart in different tanks if you want to breed in this fashion.
Most species are fairly small, so are vulnerable to predation due to sheer tinyness.
Having a pure shrimp tank is a popular option as it allows the shrimp to be on display and not always seeking cover within the tank.
If you want a mix up with some freshwater fish however there are some aquarium fish you can keep with shrimp – however they must be small & non-aggressive.
- Pygmy corydoras
- Neon tetras
- Boraras rasboras
- Blue-eyed rainbowfish
- Snails (warning: your shrimp may use these snails for locomotion!)
Bororas Merah (false brigittae aka False Chilli Rasbora)$8.95 – $12.00 ea.
Freshwater Shrimp Diet
Dwarf freshwater shrimp eat algae mostly, although they will scavenge for many food types.
Having a “starve day” every week encourages shrimp to do more aquarium cleaning & gives the digestive system a rest.
Freshwater Shrimp Breeding Difficulty
Red cherry shrimp can quickly develop into large colonies with no assistance from the aquarist.
Crystal shrimp are a bit more complicated
Amano shrimp are nearly impossible, and is why they are so rare/expensive.