Amano Shrimp (Caridina multidentata) Shrimp Species Profile
The Amano shrimp will be ok with any range of temperatures and can be kept outside in garden ponds in frost-free areas.
They can be kept in either a species only or a community tank. The tank should be heavily planted and contain lots of hiding places for them.
They are a hardy shrimp that makes it ideal for beginners looking to experiment with invertebrates for the first time. Amano Shrimp are good algae eaters and aquarium cleaners.
This species has an elongated body, is glasslike, covered with a broken line of reddish-brown on its sides, and the back surface has a white stripe that runs from the head to the tail, and the eyes are black.
Amano shrimp have a calm temperament.
Supply them with plenty of places to hide, using decorations and plants; this will improve their confidence. Amano shrimp can be somewhat cheeky too, stealing food right out of the mouths of their tankmates.
|Scientific Name||Caridina multidentata|
|Other Names||Algae Eating Shrimp, Yamato Shrimp, Japonica,Japanese shrimp|
|Origins||Japan and Taiwan|
|Aquarium Level||Bottom - Middle|
|Lifespan||2 - 3 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 6 cm|
|Temperature||70 - 80 ℉ (21.1 - 26.7 ℃)|
|PH||6 .5 - 8.0|
|GH||5 - 15|
|KH||1 - 10|
|TDS||100 - 450|
Distribution & Origins
The original species of Amano shrimp came from the Ogasawara Islands, and people believe that Amano shrimp only came from Japan and its immediate vicinity, this is far from true.
In reality, Amano shrimp have also come from Taiwan, the Ryukyu Islands (between the Philippine and East China seas), Fiji and maybe even Madagascar.
These shrimp come from the streams and rivers flowing from mountains into seas and oceans.
They can also live in marshes and swamps.
Then Amano shrimps eating efficiency and digestive capacity is second to none, they will graze on almost all forms of algae, pick up on virtually any waste such as fish faeces or decaying plants.
They require a balanced diet of dried pellets and algae wafers.
Amano Shrimp also enjoy picking at moss balls or sponge filters because the fine food particles will end up on them and the shrimp can enjoy an easy meal.
Sexing the Amano Shrimp
The way to Determine the different sex's between these shrimp isn't too tricky, The female Amano's tend to have rounder abdomens and are bigger, and the males do not have a curved core, they are more triangular or straight and are slightly smaller.
Breeding the Amano Shrimp
Amano Shrimp are rather challenging to breed in your home aquarium, raising the young past larvae stage of development is quite tricky. Still, with a determined attitude and patience, it is possible and rewarding.
The Shrimp require brackish water for breeding with the temperature slightly higher than usual. The Amano Shrimp will naturally mate as long as the water parameters are stable, and they are in a safe environment.
The female Amano Shrimp will lay from 1000-3000 eggs onto her swimmerets below the stomach, The eggs are very obvious going from a green colour to a yellowy-brown colour and will take up to 5 weeks to hatch.