Top 7 Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp For Beginners

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.Red Cherry Shrimp 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.Amano Shrimp 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.Ghost Shrimp 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.Top 7 Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp For Beginners - Blue Tiger Shrimp 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.Top 7 Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp For Beginners - Snowball Shrimp 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.Top 7 Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp For Beginners - 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 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.How To Set Up A Shrimp Aquarium - Blue Dream 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.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment box below and I will do my best to answer them all.


  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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