The Amano Shrimp (Japanese Algae Eating Shrimp) is known for its algae-eating abilities, and is one of the few species in the hobby that will eat filamentous algae.
- Scientific Name: Caridina japonica
- Common Name: Japanese Algae eating Shrimp, Amano Shrimp
- Geographic Origin: Southern Japan and Korea
- Habitat: These shrimp love to live in planted tanks but will also thrive in a bare bottom tank. Clean water is the most important aspect of keeping these or any shrimp.
- Gender Difference: Monomorphic – The females are larger and will carry eggs. These differences are visible when full grown.
- Breeding: Babies have a free swimming larval stage that requires brackish water
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Maximum Size: 2″
- Temperature: < 81 degrees Fahrenheit
- pH: 6.0-8.2
- Water Hardness: Soft to Medium
- Water Region: Bottom and anywhere it can climb
- How many?: They do well in colonies and they will be much more visible this way. They can be kept individually or in small groups as well.
- Diet: Scavenger – We suggest sinking wafer foods such as NLS H20 Stable Wafers.