Top 7 Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp For Beginners

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 Shrimp
Red Cherry Shrimp

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.

Amano Shrimp
Amano Shrimp

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 Shrimp
Ghost Shrimp

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.

Top 7 Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp For Beginners - Blue Tiger Shrimp
Blue Tiger Shrimp

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

Top 7 Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp For Beginners - Snowball Shrimp
Snowball Shrimp

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.

Top 7 Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp For Beginners - Bamboo Shrimp
Bamboo Shrimp

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.

How To Set Up A Shrimp Aquarium - Blue Dream
Blue Dream Shrimp

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.


Thank you for reading my article about the top 7 freshwater aquarium shrimp for beginners. If there are any questions about the top 7 freshwater aquarium shrimp for beginners.

Please leave them in the comment box below and I will do my best to answer them all.

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.

Looking for more articles about shrimps? Look no further and click here to gain more knowledge.

  1. Great blog- I wasn’t sure at first what you meant about the “hobby of shrimp” but I read on and I have to say. I WANT a Blue Dream shrimp! That creature is beautiful. I had no idea I would be interested in this blog- but I found it informative and thorough. At first I wasn’t sure- but reading on was fruitful. Thanks for the great information and new awareness!

  2. Great article, I learned a lot about Shrimp. If you keep Ghost Shrimp in an aquarium, will they keep the aquarium clean?

    I love the colors and design of the Blue Tiger Shrimp, looks very pretty, and those eyes, and would make a great pet to display around the house. 

    I had no idea there were so many species of Shrimp. This article was very informative and easy to read. 

    • Thanks for reading my article and yes the Ghost Shrimp is great for keeping your algae levels down and it will clear any uneaten food as well 🙂

      These are just a few examples there are many more shrimp variations around ^^

  3. I am amazed looking at all these options. I want to have my first aquarium and shrimps are one of the species I want to have. I liked the Snowball Shrimp and the Red Cherry Shrimp because they are so easy and suit me as a newbie. But above all I fell in love with the Blue Tiger Shrimp. Thanks a lot for this post.

  4. I was already thinking of adding freshwater shrimps to the aquarium because it would be nice to have them too but I have not gotten any knowledge of the shrimps myself. As a beginner, I had to do my research and now I’m here. All the information you have is really good and I’m happy to learn this too. Thank you very much

  5. Thank you for sharing these 7 fresh water shrimps. I have to say that I saw some at the doctor’s office the other day and they are just so adorable that I want some for my aquarium. However, my concern is that are they gonna survive in my aquarium or not because I never take care of them before. I am going to try with the ghost shrimp first and take it from there. Blue tiger shrimp is also super adorable and I will definitely try to take care of them after the ghost shrimp. 

    • Thank you for reading my article glad you liked it 🙂 The shrimps I listed here are very easy to take care off, you will not regret it for sure 🙂 

  6. Had a couple of aquariums in the past, never crossed my mind getting some shrimps in there aswell, heh 😀

    Those things are absolutely gorgeous The Dream Blue shrimp is one of the most beautiful aquarium animals I’ve seen, and knowing they are excellent cleaners is one more reason ill totally get them in the future.

    Thank you for sharing information regarding this animals, great blog!

    • Thanks for reading my article I am glad you liked it 🙂 and yes shrimps are overlooked a lot but they can sure be agreat addition 🙂 

  7. Hi Nicole, Thanks for sharing these fresh water aquarium shrimps. Right from when I was a kid, I had always loved aquariums and I admire all of them I had saw. I always had it in mind that I will get one for myself. I am very glad I came across this because this has given me the lead on trying to getting an aquarium. Among all 7, I love the ghost shrimp the most.

  8. I was looking for some nice aquariums to visit and I am also a beginner with this and I am starting off with shrimp too! thank you so much for all the detail you put into your explanation. I have not been able to find an article that actually has this in-depth info on each of the shrimp laid out like this so this made it easier for me

  9. Hello there! Wow, I wish I ran into your page sooner! During COVID-19, my brother and I purchased an aquarium and just wanted to have a variety of creatures in it. We have a beta fish, freshwater snail, and some ghost shrimps. The ghost shrimps are hard to see since they blend in (too well) but I did not know about the other types of shrimps you mentioned. They would be a nice addition to the tank! Would the blue dream ship coexist with the beta fish around? The ghost shrimp were okay in the tank so far.

    • Heya, Thank you for reading my article, glad you liked it 🙂 Yes, betta fish and the blue dream shrimp can coexist together just make sure that your aquarium is suited for both of them because betta fish can be temperamental. You can do that by providing enough hiding spaces for your shrimp friends


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