Saturday, May 14, 2016

Amano Shrimps: The Great Scavenger

Amano Shrimp
Amano Shrimps- Caridina multidentata (or some LFS calls it Yamato Shrimp) were one of the first kind I introduced to my "Passionately Curious" planted tank. That was due to their extreme ability to clear out algae in planted tank. So introduced them at the initial stage, after tank was fully recycled would be beneficial to prevent algae bloom in the tank at that stage. Other than clear out algae, rotten leaves and even dead fish or snails have also been cleaned up. How great they are!

This is the video I recorded when an Amano Shrimp tried to pick out the dead snail body from the shell.

However, with their big appetite, they would look for soft leaves plants or disturb the smaller fish if they were hungry. I used to see they damage the star grass leaves and even climbed on Oto catfish and tried to grab them away!

That was how they munched on my delicate star grass leaves. :(

That being said, they would remain calm and peaceful should the tank has enough algae and food supply. So, if you see your Amano Shrimps keep running around and damage the plants or disturb other fishes, that means mostly they are hungry and looking for food. Just give them a slice of blanched zucchini or some smashed green pea, they will be alright. Hungry shrimps is angry shrimps! :)


  1. I have read that Amano shrimp can be aggressive but I guess that was because they were hungry. Good to know. I don't have any Amano shrimp but would like some of them or cherry shrimp.

    1. Cherry shrimps are beautiful, hardworking and very hardy, too. One of my favourite shrimps!