Amano Shrimp

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The females of the Amano shrimps release up to 2,000 (!) larvae in freshwater, which need marine to brackish water to grow up. The tiny, free-floating larvae will survive for only three days in freshwater, then they die off, or they are sucked into the filter. Breeding Amano shrimp takes a lot of time and dedication, but it is really rewarding.

Amano shrimp do not have any special requirements regarding the aquarium decoration. Due to their size of up to a good 6 cm Amano shrimp should not be kept in tanks under 40/50 litres. If they do not have enough room to move and the tank has no lid they might try to escape. Some structure in the form of driftwood, rocks or plants is all Amano shrimps need. Keeping Amano shrimps together with fish that do not predate on them is entirely unproblematic.


Amano Shrimp

Origin Japan, Taiwan
Size Males up to 4 cm, Females up to 6 cm
Age up to 8 years and more
Behaviour agile, peaceful
Reproduction larvae in saltwater, not quite easy
Temperature 16 – 26 °C
pH 6.3 – 8.0
Total hardness
5 to 18° dGh
Carbonate hardness
2 to 10° dKh
Aquarium size from 50 l (we recommend from 60 l)
Difficulty Beginners suitable
Keeping uncomplicated
Food absolute omnivores


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