Bee ShrimpBee Shrimp

Information on this black colored variation of the common Crystal Red Shrimp.
Wine Red ShrimpWine Red Shrimp

Information on this Red colored variation of Taiwan Bee Shrimp
Panda ShrimpShadow Panda Shrimp

Information on the Shadow Panda variation of Taiwan Bee Shrimp
Panda ShrimpPanda Shrimp

Information on the Panda variation of Taiwan Bee Shrimp
Bee ShrimpBlack King Kong Shrimp

Information on this black colored variation of Taiwan Bee Shrimp
Bee ShrimpBlue Jelly Shrimp

This is a bright blue Neocaridina shrimp bred from blue rili shrimp.
African Filter ShrimpAfrican Filter Shrimp

Information on this large filter feeding shrimp from Africa.
Amano ShrimpAmano Shrimp

Information on this very popular shrimp. Its name comes from Takashi Amano, the creator of ADA, who used these shrimp for algae eating purposes. It cannot breed in pure freshwater.
Bamboo ShrimpBamboo Shrimp

Information on this wild caught species which is a filter feeder. It is very common to find in most pet stores and online. It is not possible to breed this species in pure freshwater.
Black Tiger ShrimpBlack Tiger Shrimp

Information on this elusive all black color variation of the common Tiger Shrimp. Its all black coloration is from selective breeding to widen the black stripes of the common Tiger Shrimp.
Blue Bee ShrimpBlue Bee Shrimp

Information on this newly introduced species to the hobby. Not much is known and they are caught in the wild. Captive breeding is possible.
Blue Pearl ShrimpBlue Pearl Shrimp

Information on this beautiful blue colored species of the wild N. zhangjiajiensis shrimp.
Blue Tiger ShrimpBlue Tiger Shrimp

Information on this blue coloration variation on the common Tiger Shrimp. It is expensive and sometimes hard to find.
Tangerine TigerTangerine Tiger

Information on the Tangerine Tiger Shrimp.
Super Tiger ShrimpSuper Tiger Shrimp

Information on this variation on the common Tiger Shrimp. Easy to keep and a beautiful shrimp
Cardinal ShrimpCardinal Shrimp

Information on the very popular shrimp from Sulawesi Indonesia. Its colors are awesome.
Crystal Red ShrimpCrystal Red Shrimp

Information on this extremely popular, difficult, expensive, and complex shrimp species. Selectively bred for coloration and other features.
Dark Green ShrimpDark Green Shrimp

Information on this beautiful dark green colored shrimp. Its eggs are a nice lime green which really make this shrimp stand out. Its true scientic name and genus are in question.
Ghost Shrimp ShrimpGhost-Glass-Grass Shrimp

Information on this wild caught and extremely cheap freshwater shrimp. It carries many different names and can be found in most pet stores. It is considered a feeder shrimp for freshwater aquarium fish.
Golden Bee ShrimpGolden Bee Shrimp

Information on this all white relative of the Crystal Red Shrimp, Bee Shrimp, Orange Bee Shrimp and others. It is nicely colored but little is known as to its origin.
Harlequin ShrimpHarlequin Shrimp

Information on this specific species of shrimp found in Sulawesi Indonesia.
Malaya ShrimpMalaya Shrimp

Information on this newly introduced and soon to be common species of shrimp.
Neocaridina Heteropoda ShrimpNeocaridina Heteropoda Shrimp

Information on this wild caught grandfather of the selectively bred species Red Cherry Shrimp and Yellow Shrimp. There may be other selectively bred color variations unknown to the hobby at the moment.
Orange Bee ShrimpOrange Bee Shrimp

Information on this wild species and the grandfather of the Crystal Red Shrimp, Bee Shrimp and others. Can be rare and hard to find.
Orange Sakura ShrimpOrange Sakura Shrimp

This is a color morph of the common Neocaridina species Red Cherry Shrimp
rili ShrimpRili Shrimp

This is a color morph of the common Neocaridina species Red Cherry Shrimp
Purple Zebra ShrimpPurple Zebra Shrimp

Information on this wild caught species. Unfortunately it cannot breed in pure freshwater and has slowly disappeared from the hobby as a result.
Red Cherry ShrimpRed Cherry Shrimp

Information on the most common and most popular shrimp in the hobby. This is the ultimate beginners shrimp and most hobbyists begin with this species before venturing into more difficult/expensive shrimp.
Fire Red ShrimpFire Red Shrimp

This is a variant of the Red Cherry Shrimp, it is bred for a deep red color and has several grades.
Red Tiger ShrimpRed Tiger Shrimp

Information on this red color variation of the common Tiger Shrimp. This color variation is apparently found in the wild and not selectively bred.
Red Tupfel ShrimpRed Tupfel Shrimp

Information on this very rare and almost impossible to find shrimp in the hobby. Hopefully it will someday become more available.
Snowball ShrimpSnowball Shrimp

Information on this beautiful all white selectively bred shrimp. Its name comes from its eggs which are all white resembling snowballs.
Sulawesi ShrimpSulawesi Shrimp

A gallery of photos of many different kinds of Sulawesi Shrimp from Indonesia. Newly introduced to the hobby in late 2007.
Tiger ShrimpTiger Shrimp

Information on this somewhat common shrimp. It is the less rare variation than its cousins: Blue Tiger, Red Tiger, Golden Eye and others.
White Bee Shrimp White Bee Shrimp

Information on this elusive and very rare species of Bee Shrimp. It is definitely a cool looking shrimp.
Yellow ShrimpYellow Shrimp

Information on this selectively bred shrimp from the wild N. Heteropoda species. It breeds very well.
Cambarellus montezumae Crayfish"Cambarellus montezumae" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Cambarellus patzcuarensis Crayfish"Cambarellus patzcuarensis" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus acanthophorus Crayfish"Procambarus acanthophorus" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus allenii Crayfish"Procambarus allenii" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this commonly blue colored crayfish species.
Procambarus clarkii Crayfish"Procambarus clarkii" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this popular crayfish species which comes in several different colors.
Procambarus cubensis Crayfish"Procambarus cubensis" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus enoplosternum Crayfish"Procambarus enoplosternum" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus sp. marble Crayfish"Procambarus sp. marble" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus pubescens Crayfish"Procambarus pubescens" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus spiculifer Crayfish"Procambarus spiculifer" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus toltecae Crayfish"Procambarus toltecae" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus vasquezae Crayfish"Procambarus vasquezae" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus versutus Crayfish"Procambarus versutus" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this very cool colored species of crayfish.
Apple SnailApple Snail

Information of the most common snail found in pet stores, the Apple Snail. Are they good or bad for a shrimp tank?
Malaysian Trumpet Snail SnailMalaysian Trumpet Snail

Information on the common Malaysian Trumpet Snail. They are great for all aquariums given several reasons.
Zebra Nerite SnailZebra Nerite Snail

Information on the beautiful Zebra Nerite Snail.
Pond SnailPond Snail

Information on the common pond snail. They are not bad snails and are in fact good for any kind of tank especially shrimp-only tanks.
Ramshorn SnailRamshorn Snail

Information on the Ramshorn Snail including the different color variations and population control.
Sulawesi SnailSulawesi Snails

Photos of the various species of Sulawesi Snails. There are more species than are pictured as well.
AeglaAegla sp. argentina

Species Info on care and breeding of this non-crab, non-shrimp creature.
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Setting up a Shrimp Tank



Two Articles both by Wood & Kenshin



Article by Wood:

Setting up a new shrimp tank can be very easy as long as you do it properly the first time. You don’t want to rush into things! Haste makes waste when it comes to mimicking nature, so please don’t attempt rush nature.

A very important rule is that you do not keep your shrimp in a tank with fish that will eat them. If a fish can fit it in its mouth, it will most likely eat it, or stress the shrimp out so much that it will go into hiding and you will never see them. When it comes to breeding, the baby shrimp are so small that they will undoubtedly get eaten by fish. You have to remember that shrimp are a natural food source for most fish in the wild. Most of the shrimp that hobbyists keep are genetic breeds which bring specific color strains. Wild varieties are more of a camouflaged coloration in order to hide. Having a colorful shrimp removes the shrimps natural camouflage defense and makes it easy for fish to find and eat it. In other words, if you want a successful shrimp tank, make it a shrimp-only tank, just a suggestion.

First thing you need to decide of course is what size tank you are going to get. Shrimp tanks are typically small, 10 gallon being very common. The reason for such a small tank is so you can manage them better, meaning you can easily remove them if need be and you can count them easily as well as well as many other reasons. This does not mean that having a large tank for shrimp is a bad thing, especially if you plan on having a massive colony. Keeping more than 100 shrimp in a 10 gallon tank is not recommended so keep that in mind. If you want to have a large colony, start with a larger tank.

OK, so you have decided on the size tank you want, now it is time to get to the equipment. Sponge Filters are highly recommended for many reasons: baby shrimp won’t get sucked up into the intakes, great bio-load with the sponges, and they are inexpensive. You do not need to go out and purchase an expensive canister filter for a small shrimp tank. Sponge filters are best for smaller tanks. You can always use a canister/HOB filter for a larger tank and slip a sponge over the intake to prevent the shrimps from getting sucked into the filter. Most have reported though that after switching to a sponge filter they have seen a dramatic increase in the number of baby shrimp, suggesting that other filter types are killing them via the intake. I cannot confirm this because I use a sponge slip over the intake of my HOB AquaClear-50 filter on my 10 gallon tank. The Red Cherry Shrimp still breed like crazy but I would have to install a sponge filter to test this hypothesis and see if even more shrimp appear. Also, sponge filters are also best for bare tanks. If you have a lot of plants you will need good circulation, which a sponge filter may not provide enough of. You make the decision, either way you will still be able to breed shrimp, just cover the intake to protect the shrimp.

Now you need to get substrate for your new tank. This can be a tricky choice and many people prefer different types. I pick the type of substrate based on the water parameter requirements of the shrimp I wish to keep. Remember that some shrimp need hard water, and some need soft water. Some shrimps need high-ph, and others low-ph. ADA Aquasoil is a substrate chosen by many hobbyists who wish to have soft, acidic water. Aquasoil also helps buffer the low ph. This substrate is best suited for shrimp that fit the soft, acidic requirements. If you notice, most Crystal Red Shrimp (CRS) breeders keep their CRS in tanks with Aquasoil substrate. You can also use an inert substrate along with peat to lower ph and hardness, although buffering the ph is more difficult this way and I don’t recommend it.
For a hard-water, high-ph tank, you can use an inert substrate instead of Aquasoil. Use a smaller amount of peat as well in a tank with inert substrate to keep the ph from becoming too alkaline, but not enough to drop the hardness of the water. This all depends on your tap water of course. If your tap is coming out at the ph and hardness you want when using an inert substrate then it is best not to touch a thing. My ph comes out at over 8.0, so I need to use peat in my hard water tank just to bring the ph down a bit and soften the water as well. It may sound difficult to get the ph and hardness you want, but trust me it really isn’t as long as you have the right setup.

Next on the list is vegetation in your shrimp tank. It is HIGHLY recommended that you have some form of vegetation in your tank. Whether it is moss, stem plants, rhizome plants, etc., as vegetation provides cover, removes ammonia and nitrates from the water, and provide a good food surface for the shrimp, especially the baby shrimp. Moss is commonly used because it acts as a fine comb and holds a lot of microorganisms which the baby shrimp eat. You can use stem plants, which are also a good choice because they grow fast, remove harmful nutrients in the water faster, provide cover, and are also good food surfaces. Remember though that you may need to have CO2 in your tank in order to grow most stem plants, so use moss/anubias/ferns if you do not plan to inject CO2.
Fertilizers can be tricky when used in a shrimp tank. I have a heavily planted 10 gallon tank with plenty of high maintenance stem plants, moss, and anubias. The tank is injected with CO2 (DIY) and I dose plenty of fertilizers. I DO NOT dose nitrate however, I only dose Kent Pro-Plant, Seachem Iron, and K2PO4 (phosphate). I also do not dose anything with copper (Seachem Flourish, etc.). Excessive copper is sure to kill your shrimp as you may have read elsewhere. I have been dosing a lot of the abovementioned fertilizers for a long time and have not had problems with my Red Cherry Shrimp at all. They still breed like crazy. However, unless you are experienced with high maintenance planted tank and using fertilizers, I don’t recommend attempting to grow shrimp in a similar tank. You can very easily kill your shrimp because fertilizers and plant uptakes are not easy chemistry.

Lighting and heating are pretty self-explanatory. Use a heater to keep your tank at the recommended temperature, and only use a small amount of light for the mosses/ferns/anubias.

Good luck. Use the forum to ask any questions you may have.



Article by Kenshin:

If you are just setting up a brand new tank (new substrate, new filter, and etc.), than just plant only fast growing stem plants in the beginning. These plants will take in the extra ammonia in your water from the tank. You can also put in some rooted/stem plants (but I still do not recommend Anubias or Crypt.) such as chain swords, Ludwigia sp., Rotala sp., Vallisneria sp., and etc. Depending on the substrate you are using, you will need to change your tank's water accordingly. You can add a couple of guppies or cheap/small goldfish from your LFS in the beginning to speed up the cycling process. At the same time you can dose your tank with fertilizer for the first couple of weeks as well to make sure your plants develop their roots and adjust to your water parameters. This will probably take a couple of weeks. During this couple of weeks, please be sure to carry out water changes once or twice a week (again depending on the substrate you are using).  Then at the end of the time period, change around 80% of your water, and remove all of the fishes. Test your ammonia and nitrate level after a day changing the water. If the readings are safe, then you can add in your shrimps.

If you are planning on using a bare bottom tank for shrimps, you can still follow the directions listed above.  However, you will need to use some plant weights to tie down the plants so they will sink to the bottom instead of just letting them float on the water.  This will lead to uniform growth of your plants (instead of just growing curves because of the light source), and will lead to faster growth which means less time to cycle your tank. 

If you are not planning on a lot of plants in your shrimp tank, moss species is always the best way to go.  In that case, you can just use plain play sand and barely cover the bottom of your aquarium.  If you are planning on heavily planted tank, then I would recommend Seachem Flourite, Red Sea Florabase, or ADA soil.  Just plan on taking a longer time to cycle the tank if these kinds of substrate are used.

Using a sponge filter is also another way to speed up the cycling process.  Just from my experiences and from what I have learned in my past “disaster” experiences, never rinse your sponge filter in tap water for you will kill and eliminate most of the good bacteria of your aquarium.  These “good” bacteria will help to keep your tank’s ammonia level to a minimum and if you rinse out your sponge filter really well, then you will see sudden elevated levels of ammonia and this can result in sudden “mass” deaths in your shrimp population.  If you are using a power filter, please make sure to cover the intake of the filter with a sponge or a nylon/silk stocking so the shrimps will not be sucked into your filter. 

Happy shrimp keeping!


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