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Amano Shrimp

Picture of Amano Shrimp
Photo © Sean Evans

Common name:Amano Shrimp, Japonica Shrimp, Algae Shrimp
Scientific name:Caridina multidentata
Synonyms:Caridina japonica
Size:Approx 2" (5cm).
Tank setup:Ideal for planted community tanks and nano tanks.
Compatibility:Should be kept in groups of their own kind. Can be kept with most small and peaceful community fish.
Temperature:Tolerate cooler temperatures, but 22-25oC (72-77oF) ideal.
Water chemistry:Soft to medium hard and pH around neutral to slightly alkaline is ideal, but not critical as a wide range is tolerated.
Feeding:Omnivores, will eat algae and scavenge most other foods. Use good quality flake, granular and pellet foods. Specialist shrimp foods are also available.
Sexing:Females can be clearly identified when carrying eggs.
Breeding:Very difficult, and rare in aquaria. Brackish water is required to raise the tiny larvae. They do not hatch as miniature shrimp like other common shrimp such as Red Cherry Shrimp.
Comments: These shrimp are ideal algae eaters for planted tanks and were popularised in the hobby by Takashi Amano, who used them extensively in his planted aquarium setups.



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