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Amano Shrimp

Amano Shrimp

Menagerie Shrimps & Crustations
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Tank Level:


Minimum Tank Size:

10 Gallons




6.0 - 7.0

General water hardness:

6 - 8 dH


70 F to 80 F (21 C to 26 C)




In general, Amano Shrimp are very peaceful; however, this all changes when food is found.  They will frantically race after the food and generally speaking the largest Shrimp has priority; you will definitely see a ‘pecking order’ here.  Outside of this, you will see them spend most of their time foraging amongst the substrate and plants for leftover shrimp food and debris to eat.  Like other shrimp, Amano Shrimp Molt at once a month (usually), are can be a bit delicate while going through the molting process, this is why a heavily planted tank is recommended.

Amano Shrimp are great algae eating shrimp, as they have many little pincers that pick algae off of plants, rocks and decorations.  It's also a lot easier to differentiate between males and females, as the females are bigger, and have dashes along their body, while the males have evenly spaced dots (although breeding them is quite difficult).

These shrimp can reach up to 2 inches, and because of this size, they do fairly well with fish species that can pick on smaller shrimp like Cherry Shrimp.


Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.

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