Have you decided to bring home freshwater shrimp? Great choice! These invertebrates are some of the most enjoyable and entertaining creatures you can raise in your aquarium. Many people shy away from keeping them because they assume that they will be difficult to care for.
That is simply not the case! Despite their small, innocent, and yes, delicate appearance, these creatures are quite easy to take care of.
However, it is of utmost important that you set up and maintain your freshwater shrimp tank appropriately to ensure the health of your young shrimp.
There’s a lot you need to know in order to get started, but we are here to help you out with our ultimate guide of how to design and maintain a freshwater shrimp tank.
Let’s get started!
- Choose Your Shrimp
- Purchase Your Equipment
- Design Your Shrimp Tank
- Buy Your Shrimp
- Decide On Any Potential Tank Mates
- Purchase And Prepare Your Shrimp Food
- Keep Your Shrimp Tank Well Maintained
- Troubleshooting Common Issues
- Are Freshwater Shrimp Right For You?
Choose Your Shrimp
Before you can decide on the best potential tank setup for your shrimp, we need to know what you are dealing with here! Don’t go out and purchase your shrimp quite yet – you need to allow some time for you to set up your tank and to allow it to cycle appropriately. This can take a few weeks, so don’t run off to the pet store yet!
However, you should begin by deciding what species you’d like to put in your tank. There are many genera of shrimp with dozens of species each – choosing the right one might be a bit difficult, especially if you don’t already know a lot about the wonderful world of raising shrimp.
There wouldn’t be time or space in this article to discuss all the potential shrimp in the world that you could raise, but we’ll give you a quick overview.
1 Neocaridina Shrimp
First time raising shrimp? If you’re a beginner to the hobby, you might want to pick a shrimp that falls in the Neocaridina dwarf shrimp category. One potential choice is the Red Cherry Shrimp. This shrimp is an excellent choice for newcomers, as it’s easy to keep and can be bred easily and quickly. These shrimp can also be purchased in a wide array of colors!
2 Caridina cf. cantonensis
If you have a bit more experience raising shrimp, you might want to consider shrimp in the Caridina cf. cantonensis family. These creatures have been selectively bred so that they are now available in a vast array of patterns, colors, and sizes – the popular Crystal Red Shrimp is one to consider, as it will really add some color to your tank. It is, however, significantly more difficult to care for – so that’s something you will want to keep in mind for sure.
3 Sulawesi Shrimp
Here’s another option for you. The Sulawesi shrimp family is one that is native to the Sulawesi lakes in Indonesia. One common option is the cardinal shrimp, which will surely grab everybody’s attention. This is not a good shrimp for beginners, so you should stay away from it unless you have plenty of experience.
4 Amano Shrimp
Amano shrimp are slightly larger than dwarf shrimp, but they’re still a great option to consider, especially if you want to get rid of some algae in your tank. This shrimp does not breed in a freshwater aquarium environment, so if you’re looking for a creature that you will be able to breed, this unfortunately is not the right choice for you. However, it is, for the most part, relatively easy to care for.
5 Caridina cf. babaulti
This shrimp group is also one that can be found with a vast array of colors. A great option for beginners, you should look for one of these shrimps if you have minimal experience. They aren’t always easy to find at the local pet store, so keep that in mind as you begin your search.
6 Ghost Shrimp
Last but not least on our list is the ghost shrimp. A popular species for beginners and experienced fish keepers alike, this creature grows quite large and is a fun pet to keep, as it can be quite energetic. Just know that there are some species of ghost shrimp who prefer waters that are slightly brackish – you need to make sure you select the ones that have evolved to live in freshwater.
This list is far from exhaustive – make sure you do your own research on the best shrimp for your setup and preferences before you get started After all, it’s a wide world of shrimp – why settle for just one type of shrimp when you could add many others, like the giant bamboo shrimp or the unusual Paracaridina shrimp?