How To Care For Amano Shrimp

A Complete Amano Shrimp Care and Breeding Guide 2019
A Complete Amano Shrimp Care and Breeding Guide 2019 from

How to Care for Amano Shrimp

What are Amano Shrimp?

Amano shrimp, also known as Caridina multidentata, are a species of freshwater shrimp native to Japan. These tiny shrimp are popular with aquarists due to their unique coloration and hardy nature. They are also known as algae eating shrimp, as they graze on many types of algae in the aquarium.

Tank Requirements

Amano shrimp are very hardy and can survive in a variety of water conditions. However, for optimal health and to ensure the shrimp live a long and healthy life, it is important to provide them with the correct water parameters. The ideal pH level for Amano shrimp is between 6.0 and 8.0, and the water temperature should be anywhere from 68 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Ammonia and nitrite levels should be zero, and nitrate levels should be kept as low as possible.


Amano shrimp do best in aquariums with plenty of hiding places. This can be achieved by adding live plants, driftwood, rocks, or other decorations. Amano shrimp are also quite active, so having plenty of open space for them to swim around is also important. It is important to note that Amano shrimp are quite small and can easily be sucked into the filter intake, so it is important to have a filter guard in place.


Amano shrimp are omnivores and will happily eat a variety of food. They primarily feed on algae and biofilm, but can also be fed with algae wafers, shrimp pellets, blanched vegetables, and other prepared foods. It is important to provide them with a varied diet to ensure they receive all the nutrients they need.


Amano shrimp are relatively easy to breed in the aquarium. They are a live bearing species, meaning they give birth to fully formed young. The female will carry the eggs until they hatch, which can take up to two weeks. Once the young shrimp are born, they are completely independent and can find food on their own. They do not require any special care from the aquarist.

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