Shrimp - Amano Shrimp (Caridina Multidentata, Japonica, Yamato shrimp)
Alternative Name(s): Amano, Japonica or Algae Shrimp
Scientific Name(s): Caridina multidentata (was Cardina japonica)
Category: Freshwater Invertebrate
Maximum Size: 5cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 30 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 18" x 10" x 10"
Water Temperature Range: 22-28°C
Water pH Range: 6.0-7.6
Water Hardness Range: 3-10 dGH
General Information: Semi-transparent base colour with have rows of black spots down their sides and a distinctive brown stripe down their back.
Tank Requirements: See Minimum Tank Volume and Minimum Tank Size above
Diet Requirements: To some degree they will eat algae, but they're omnivorous scavengers and will eat anything they can find. A mixed diet with occasional extra veg is good,but they love a good algae wafer.
Compatibility: Very peaceful addition to any community, but avoid invertebrate predators.
Recommendations: A well planted mature tank without aggressive bottom feeders.
Common Problems: Without a well planted tank they could starve. They need excellent quality water and as with other invertebrates various medications can kill them (avoid copper and check all medication carefully).
Sexing: The second row of dots are dashed on the female and the male is generally smaller. Only in salt water
Breeding: Difficult as the adult shrimp cannot tolerate saltwater and the larval stage cannot tolerate freshwater. Research and spare breeding tank required.
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