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  1. Default The Real Algae Eaters: Freshwater Shrimp (Amano Shrimp)


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    Over the next coming days I will post one a day about freshwater algae eating shrimp and kinda do a series. They will be seperate articles for seperate shrimp. They will include Amano Shrimp, Red Cherry Shrimp, Malaysian Rainbows, Brazilian Yellow-Bellow Grass Shrimp, Rudolph Red-Nosed Shrimp, Dwarf Blackberry Shrimp, Dwarf Emerald Green Deora, Orange Halos, and Black Forest Shrimp. If anyone would like to see anymore just post it up and I will get to it when I am through the initial list of shrimp I have now..Enjoy guys..


    The Real Algae Eaters:

    A Series on Freshwater Algae Eating Shrimp

    Amano Algae Eating Shrimp


    Probably the most common algae eating shrimp other than the common Red Cherry Shrimp, is the Amano Algae Eating Shrimp. The Amano Algae Eating Shrimp got its name from the man that introduced it to the hobby years and years ago. The man is Takashi Amano, world-renown aquascaper and aquarist. Once introduced into the hobby by Amano these little shrimp became a sought after species because of their relatively small size and high algae eating capacity. These shrimp are also very docile and do little to no harm to aquatic plants, making them a great addition to a planted aquarium. The scientific name that is assigned to this species of shrimp is caridina japonica. Their common names include Amano Algae Eating Shrimp, Yamato Shrimp (named after the region in Japan they are found in), Yamato numa-ebi, and Japanese Marsh Shrimp. The shrimp normally stay at a length of 2 inches or less and have a relatively long life span for freshwater shrimp if kept properly.

    This shrimp can be identified by its mostly brown or opaque looking color. Down the back of the shrimp there are small tan spots that form a stripe pattern that run from head to tail. Down the shrimpís side are usually a series of broken red dots that span the side of the body. It is also common for Amano Algae Eating Shrimp to have a few black or white dots throughout their body coloration pattern. These colors allow them to blend in fairly easily with their natural habitat of marshes and swamps in their native Japan.

    In the aquarium the Amano Algae Eating Shrimp is very tolerant to tank levels and the overall ph of the tank is not overly important. Like most other things we keep in our aquariums the shrimp will adapt to a ph change. The ph does need to be stable though. However they are very susceptible to ammonia changes and even the smallest levels of ammonia can harm the shrimp. These shrimp should only be kept in very stable planted tanks that have no ammonia change at all. Due to their size they should not be kept with larger fish like cichlids. They will be viewed as a meal and be eaten at first chance. These shrimp are temperamental to temperature also. Since they are from colder water swamps in the Yamato region they are best kept under 80 degrees with the target range of 68-76 degrees. The shrimp prefer a slightly brackish setup but will adapt to freshwater. As far as other water perimeters they donít need to be strict but ideal ph is ranging at 6.7 to 7.7 and slightly hard water is preferred. However again they will adapt to almost all water conditions provided the correct water temperature and no ammonia levels.

    In conclusion the Amano Algae Eating Shrimp is probably the best small algae eating shrimp that you can keep in your tank. It will eat almost any algae including brown, and hair algae. It has been known not to tolerate black beard algae but when hungry may eat any type of algae in the tank.
    Last edited by jbeining75; 04-13-2008 at 02:26 PM.
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    Very enlightening. Great post Jamie!

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    Thanks for the very informative article J
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    Great article Can I add that they breed in freshwater but the eggs only come out in brackish water... as soon as they babies are born they can be placed into freshwater again after 2-3 days.
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    Thanks for the addition Jess... Guys feel free to add on anything else...
    75 Gallon South Cichlid: Tiger Oscar and Jack Dempsey

    55 Gallon GT Tank: 1 Male GT and 8 Giant Danio

    20 Gallon Long: Waiting for eco-complete planted red substrate that has been delayed 2 weeks due to weather.

    "Don't buy fish at Wal-Mart then go to your local fish store for help when they die. Goto your local fish store first and get educated. It will save you money and many many fishes lives."

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    nice write up, jbeining
    my amano shrimp are slightly blue in color, and i am pretty sure they can be dark blue as well.
    also i would mention not to ever let them eat fish food or their algae eating days are over.
    oh and they love to colonize driftwood.
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    check this web page out, i think this is more selective breeding. but you may find it interesting none the less.
    http://www.tetra-fish.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7348
    Last edited by karbomb; 04-13-2008 at 06:40 PM.
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    lots o malayn needle point snails
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    Thanks for the article Jbeing.
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    I like it, and it's very informative. Since I will be going pressurized within the next couple months, and not dosing excel, I am going to need these articles close by for my shrimp decision making! Can't wait for the rest, keep up the good work!
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    Thanks Guys... Xoo I will release one a day through next week some time. I will probably continue with other shrimp also as there are little articles about shrimp up.
    75 Gallon South Cichlid: Tiger Oscar and Jack Dempsey

    55 Gallon GT Tank: 1 Male GT and 8 Giant Danio

    20 Gallon Long: Waiting for eco-complete planted red substrate that has been delayed 2 weeks due to weather.

    "Don't buy fish at Wal-Mart then go to your local fish store for help when they die. Goto your local fish store first and get educated. It will save you money and many many fishes lives."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbeining75
    the common Red Cherry Shrimp
    You have got to be kidding me.
    haha.

    Good write up, i learnt some, cant wait for the next!!

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