Top 7 freshwater aquarium shrimp for beginners.
Because when being new to the hobby of shrimps it can get confusing to figure out which shrimp to pick.
Especially when looking at all those beautiful colored shrimps.
Therefore, in this article, I will share my top 7 freshwater aquarium shrimp for beginners that require not much and are easy to take care of.
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 though that the shade can vary from a light pink to a deep red.
These cute little red cherry shrimps can also handle a wide range of temperatures, pH, and water hardness. And they like a wide range of food and are not hard to breed
Red cherry shrimps are sociable and will do well with other fish as long they are not predatory.
Make sure to provide enough hiding spaces when going for a community aquarium. That way the red cherry shrimps can hide.
Red Cherry Shrimps are real survivors and very easy to take care of which makes them perfect for beginners.
When the choice is a shrimp-only aquarium make sure that the 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. And is named after Takashi Amano.
Takashi Amano is a famous world-known aquascaper who introduced these species of shrimp into the aquarium hobby.
And 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. And this is because no other shrimp can compare with the large amounts of algae that Amano shrimps can eat.
The aquarium will be perfectly clean. And when there are enough algae in the aquarium there is no need to feed Amano shrimp very often.
But make sure to have shrimp food around though.
Breeding Amano shrimps is something that I do not recommend for beginners.
Because you would need specific conditions of water and Amano shrimp larvae require a specific amount of salt.
But also because the baby shrimps need to get back in the freshwater at the correct timing.
Amano shrimps are great for peaceful community aquariums. They can live side by side with other fish as long they are not predatory.
Keep Amano shrimp in a 10 Gallons (38 Liter) aquarium at least. Because they are bigger than other shrimp species.
A 5 Gallon (19 Liter) would be too small and make sure the aquarium has finished the cycle process.
Worrying that the other fish will eat 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 the Amano shrimp. Because shrimps like to hide.
3. Ghost Shrimp
Number 3, Palaemonetes Paludosus or easier said ghost shrimps and they are recognizable by their semi-translucent body.
They are also very easy for beginners. Because they have very nice cleaning skills and are easy to take care of.
But ghost shrimps are also food. Some people within the hobby use ghost shrimps as live food for bigger fish.
Ghost shrimps can also endure hardy water values pretty well and are peaceful creatures.
Because ghost shrimps are peaceful creatures they will do well in a community aquarium that is non-aggressive.
Just keep in mind that if the choice is made to breed ghost shrimps. It is best to keep ghost shrimps in a shrimp-only aquarium.
When you are going to buy ghost shrimp. 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 is also known as the Orange Eyed Blue Tiger Shrimp.
And in my humble opinion, this is a very beautiful insane stunning shrimp. And they are extremely easy to take care of which makes them really great for beginners.
These stunning creatures have amazing orange eyes and a blue body with black stripes. Which makes them an awesome choice for some extra color inside the aquarium.
One thing blue tiger shrimps like is a heavily planted community aquarium. Because blue tiger shrimps love to eat feces and much more.
For aquarium size, blue tiger shrimps should be in a 5 Gallons (19 Liter) aquarium. But blue tiger 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 the blue tiger shrimps have adjusted to their new surroundings. In time you will see that the female shrimps will be carrying eggs.
The only downside however is. Blue tiger shrimps are very sensitive to nitrate and ammonia. Therefore, try not to overfeed the blue tiger shrimps.
5. Snowball Shrimp
The Neocaridina cf. Zhangjiajiensis var. White. Also known by the name Snowball Shrimp, White Pearl Shrimp and, Snow Shrimp.
But in this article, I will call it a snowball shrimp. And one thing snowball shrimps are famous for is their amazing pure white-colored body
Snowball Shrimps are similar to Red Cherry Shrimps and therefore, have the same requirements.
The only thing that is important is keeping an eye out for the water values. As the water values need to stay as stable as possible.
This makes them perfect for beginners as they are very easy to take care off
Breeding snowball shrimps takes no effort as well, keep the water and temperature levels stable, and the waste levels down.
The snowball shrimp will make baby shrimp without any influences.
Just like Red Cherry Shrimp. It is possible to keep snowball shrimp in a peaceful community aquarium as long as there are no aggressive fish in the aquarium.
6. Bamboo Shrimp
The Atyopsis Moluccensis or also known as the Bamboo Shrimp, Flower Shrimp or, Wood Shrimp.
And a way to recognize this little creature is by the color. They are reddish-brown with yellow stripes.
Bamboo shrimps are perfect for beginners because these shrimps take care of themselves most of the time.
But when it comes to 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 the bamboo shrimps though. And try not to mix the bamboo shrimps with predatory fish.
7. Blue Dream Shrimp
The last one on the list is the Neocaridina Heteropoda var. Blue, and 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, they can live in a peaceful community aquarium.
For breeding blue dream shrimps it is better to keep the shrimps in a shrimp-only aquarium.
This will increase the blue dream shrimps breeding chances.
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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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