Caridina Multidentata (Amano shrimp)
Origin: Japan, Madagascar, Taiwan and Indonesia
Appearance: A shrimp with a transparent or light-green colour body and dark dots of approximately 0.3mm on their body.
Sexing: Females will grow up to 5cm and males will be a little smaller. The dots on the body of the female are longer than those of the males. The dots of the females look more like interrupted lines than round dots.
Life span: Up to 6 years.
Size: 3.5 to 5cm.
Sexually mature: From 3 month onwards.
Gestation: About 6 weeks.
Character: Very active shrimp. They can be kept with larger fish as long as they are not very aggressive. Can be kept with discus and scalare as well.
Tank setup: From 20 liter. Normal tank setup for shrimp. They like to hide in plants.
Waterconditions: Temperature 18-30ºC with an acidity of pH5.8 to pH8.0 and a water hardness of 2-20dGH.
Feeding: Will eat algae, excessive food, cooked vegetable, detritus and larvae of insects. This is the best algae-eating shrimp and is constantly eating. They need a reasonable amount of food and although they accept different kinds of food it is advised to mainly provide food based on plants.
Breeding: Young need brackish water to survive. Breeding season is from late spring until early summer. Females can carry up to 2000 eggs. It takes about a month before a larvae has become a shrimp.
Tank mates: Fan shrimp, non-aggressive fish. Larger fish like Discus and Scalare can be kept in the same tank providing the shrimp are large enough.
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