The top 7 freshwater aquarium shrimp for beginners. Because when you are new to the hobby of shrimps it can get confusing. Especially if you see all those beautiful colored shrimps and you have no idea which one is suited for you.
Therefore, before you buy new shrimp friends you need to consider a few things and in this article, I will share 7 freshwater aquarium shrimp for beginners.
1. Red Cherry Shrimp
The Neocaridina Heteropoda, also known as the Red Cherry Shrimp is one of the most popular shrimp among beginners and advanced shrimp keepers. Not only because Red Cherry shrimps are so easy to take care of. But these shrimps are also popular because of their shade of red, it is so vibrant of color. Keep in mind that the shade can vary from a light pink to a deep red.
Red Cherry Shrimps are real survivors and very easy to take care of which makes them perfect for beginners. These cute little red cherry shrimps are known to endure a wide range of temperatures, pH, and water hardness. Your red cherry shrimp friends also like a wide range of food and are not hard to breed. Your red cherry shrimp friends are sociable and will do well with other fish as long they are not predatory. Make sure you provide enough hiding spaces for your shrimps when you are going for a community aquarium
When you are going for a shrimp-only aquarium make sure your shrimp aquarium is at least 5 Gallons (19 Liters) and fully cycled but a 10 gallons (38 Liter) shrimp aquarium is the most common size used for shrimp aquariums.
2. Amano Shrimp
The Caridina Multidenteta or simply put the Amano Shrimp is named after Takashi Amano. A famous world-known aquascaper who introduced these species of shrimp into the aquarium hobby. Unlike the red cherry shrimp, Amano shrimps are not that colorful because they have a grayish transparent color.
Amano shrimps are, however, very hardy creatures because they can endure almost any kind of freshwater but their appetite for algae is what makes these creatures famous. No other shrimp can compare with the large amounts of algae Amano shrimps eat.
Your aquarium will be perfectly clean and when there are enough algae in your aquarium you do not need to feed your Amano shrimp very often but make sure you have shrimp food around though. Breeding Amano shrimps is not suited for beginners because you would need specific conditions of water and Amano shrimp larvae require a specific amount of salt. Because your baby shrimps need to be returned to freshwater at the correct timing.
Amano shrimps are great for peaceful community aquariums
and can live side by side with other fish as long they are not predatory. You want to keep Amano shrimp in a 10 Gallons (38 Liter) aquarium at least because they are bigger than other shrimp species a 5 Gallons (19 Liter) would be too small and make sure your aquarium has finished the cycle process.
Worrying that your other fish friends will eat your Amano shrimp is not needed as they are too large for most fish. A full-grown Amano shrimp can grow 1,5-2 inches (4-6 cm) big. You do, however, want to create hiding places for your shrimp friends.
3. Ghost Shrimp
Number 3, Palaemonetes Paludosus or easier said the ghost shrimp. Ghost shrimps can be recognized by their semi-translucent body and are known because they have very nice cleaning skills and are easy to take care of.
Your new ghost shrimp friends can endure hardy water values pretty well, are peaceful creatures, and can be used as live food for bigger fish. Because ghost shrimps are peaceful creatures they will do well in a community aquarium that is non-aggressive. Just keep in mind that if you want to breed ghost shrimp it is best to keep your ghost shrimp in a shrimp only aquarium.
When you are going to buy ghost shrimps keep in mind that the name “ghost shrimp” is a combined name of species. Some of those ghost shrimps are aggressive and should not be put in an aquarium with other species like snails, small fish, or other shrimps.
4. Blue Tiger Shrimp
The Caridina cf. Cantonensis Var. Blue. A very beautiful insane stunning shrimp, known as. The Orange Eyed Blue Tiger Shrimp. These stunning creatures have amazing orange eyes and a blue with a black striped body. Which makes them perfect if you are looking for a shrimp to color up your aquarium.
Heavily planted community aquariums are great for blue tiger shrimps because blue tiger shrimps love to eat feces and are extremely easy to take care of.
When you have enough experience with shrimp keeping you can think of getting a 5 Gallons (19 Liter) aquarium but blue shrimps thrive better in a larger aquarium of 10 Gallons (38 Liter) minimum. When it comes to breeding blue tiger shrimps it will be easy. Once your new blue tiger shrimp friends have adjusted to their new surroundings you will see in time that your female shrimps will be carrying eggs.
The only downside however is, blue tiger shrimps are very sensitive to nitrate and ammonia so try not to overfeed your blue tiger shrimps.
5. Snowball Shrimp
The Neocaridina cf. Zhangjiajiensis var. White or also known as the Snowball Shrimp, White Pearl Shrimp and, Snow Shrimp is famous for its amazing pure white color. Snowball Shrimp are very easy to breed and to take care of. Which makes them perfect for beginners.
Snowball Shrimps are similar to Red Cherry Shrimps and therefore, have the same requirements. You just need to keep an eye out for the water values and keep the water values as stable as possible. Breeding snowball shrimps takes no effort, keep your water and temperature levels stable, and the waste levels down. Your snowball shrimp will make baby shrimps without any influences.
Just like Red Cherry Shrimp, you can keep them in a peaceful community aquarium as long as you do not have any predatory fish in your aquarium.
6. Bamboo Shrimp
The Atyopsis Moluccensis or also known as the Bamboo Shrimp, Flower Shrimp and, Wood Shrimp. You can recognize this little creature by the color reddish-brown and yellow stripes. Bamboo shrimps are perfect for beginners because these shrimp take care of themselves most of the time.
When you think of breeding bamboo shrimp then I would suggest taking a different shrimp. Because it is impossible to successfully breed bamboo shrimp. Adult bamboo shrimp cannot survive in saltwater but the larvae need saltwater to evolve. You can see why this is a problem. Keeping bamboo shrimp in a peaceful community tank is no problem at all because bamboo shrimp are very peaceful creatures. Do provide enough hiding spaces for your bamboo shrimp friends though, and try not to mix your bamboo shrimps with predatory fish.
7. Blue Dream Shrimp
The last one on the list is the Neocaridina Heteropoda var. Blue, and are also known as the Blue Dream Shrimp. These shrimp have a beautiful blue colored body and are very easy to take care of.
Blue Dream Shrimps are the same as Red Cherry Shrimps, excellent cleaners as well. The only difference is their color. They require the same water values, temperatures, and the same needs. Just like the Red Cherry Shrimp, you can place them in a peaceful community aquarium. For breeding blue dream shrimps it is better if you keep your shrimp in a shrimp only aquarium. This will increase your blue dream shrimps breeding chances.
Thank you everybody for reading my article, about 7 freshwater aquarium shrimp for beginners.
Starting out with beginner shrimps will give you the time you need to learn and gain experience before buying more advanced shrimps. This will pay off in the long term because you will be able to take action when needed.
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