Welcome to one of the most popular Shrimps in the aquarium hobby. For over a decade now Amano Shrimp have captivated hobbyists due to their exceptional ability to consume large amounts of algae. In addition, their peaceful nature and busy-body personality have helped to sky-rocket its popularity over the last 15 years or so.
Maximum size: 8cm
Ideal number kept together: 1+
Hardness: 160-760 ppm
Temperature: 18–28 °C
Ease of care
Amano Shrimp are one of the hardiest and least demanding inverts in the freshwater aquarium hobby. They can be kept both in a single species tank, or you can keep them with ghost or cherry shrimp. Fortunately, because of their hardy nature, they don’t require much specialist care. One of the biggest things you need to pay attention to is cooper. Avoid adding any copper into the tank as this is highly damaging to all invertebrate. They are also surprisingly resilient to ammonia spikes; however if at all possible avoid rapid any pH or temperature drops. You should pay special attention to them when they molt; this is when they are most vulnerable. You should expect them to shed monthly if they are well fed and feel secure.
If you didn’t already know, Amano Shrimp are famous for feeding on algae. They are known as being one of the best cleanup crews in the hobby and will devour plant debris, leftover food, and algae. They have also been known to eat dead fish. Unfortunately due to their reputation, many people believe that they only need algae and leftovers to survive, this is not true. They will always need their diet supplementing. Obviously the more amounts of algae and debris in the tank for them to graze on, the less supplementing they will need. They are actually omnivores, so will eat both meat and plant matter. The core of their diet should consist of a high-quality pellet or algae wafer. However, you can also feed them on sinking pellets, frozen foods, and vegetables.
To start with it’s important to know that the Amano Shrimp is commonly viewed as food, so you should always exercise caution when adding them to a tank. They are an incredibly peaceful species and have no real means to defend themselves. You should be looking to include peaceful, small to mid-sized, community fish with your Shrimp.
Breeding / Sex
As previously discussed sexing them is fairly easy; however, attempting to breed them is anything but easy. They are incredibly difficult to mate and I’ve yet to hear from anyone that has successfully hatched the larvae and raised them into adults.