- Common Name(s)
- Amano shrimp, Japanese shrimp, Yamato shrimp, algae shrimp
- Scientific Name
- Caridina multidentata
- Japan, Korea, and Taiwan
- Maximum Size
- 2 inches
- Minimum Tank Size
- 5 gallons
- Tank Setup
- Found in still-moving water and swamps in the wild. They can tolerate brackish water and freshwater.
- Tank Region
- Algae, shrimp pellets, anything it can get its hands on.
- Difficult. In the wild the eggs are released, and the larvae drift through stages in brackish and saltwater. In the aquarium it’s been known that they breed in freshwater, but it’s rare. Female shrimp will release a pheromone into the water that signals they are ready to breed.
- They can live with shrimp safe fish.
- Ease of Keeping
- They are hardy once they are established. Some may die soon after introduced to a fish tank because they are usually wild-caught.
- pH: Doesn't matter; Temperature: 68-75 Fahrenheit
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Males are smaller than females.
They used to be known as C. japonica.
A good algae eater, but they need to be fed other food in order for it to survive.