Aquarium shrimp care

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Who discover aquarium prawns they are fascinated by their unique physical characteristics, the ease of maintenance and the many advantages that they represent within the aquarium together with other fish. ¿Did you know that they are able to clean the bottom of the fish tank of scales and dirt? These small invertebrates are gaining more and more popularity thanks to the little space they require and the little care they require, however, that does not mean that we should not pay attention to their diet or the prevention of diseases.

If you are considering starting a shrimp aquarium (or shrimp) or you already have some and want to learn how to take better care of them, know what they are prawns for community aquarium Recommended for beginners, their basic care or the type of water they require will be essential. Find out below in AnimalWised what they are caring for aquarium prawns and discover how this little inhabitant of an aquarium can surprise you if you dedicate enough time to him. ¡You can not lose this!

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  1. What do I need to have a shrimp?
  2. Can I add fish to my shrimp?
  3. Prawn recommended for beginners: the red cherry
  4. Aquarium prawn feeding
  5. Aquarium shrimp diseases

What do I need to have a shrimp?

We define a gambarian as a aquarium where only prawns live or the reproduction of aquarium prawns is encouraged. Fish are excluded from the shrimp although many fans admit the presence of snails or other invertebrates. Likewise, there are those who use prawns as animals that clean the aquarium and thus promote greater biodiversity.

¿Why build a shrimp and not an aquarium?

There are many advantages that make having a shrimp more economical, hygienic or cheaper than a fish tank. Prawns inhabit fresh and cold water environments.

To begin with, we must know that you do not need a large aquarium, on the contrary, a shrimp of "nano size "is enough and will not harm your well-being or quality of life, although you can always choose a medium or large size. You will be able to enjoy a very special and different aquatic environment in your home without having to dedicate hardly any time or effort. prawns are the ones in charge of cleaning the bottom of dirt.

¿What do I need to ride a shrimp?

Next we will show you the basic elements you need to assemble your shrimp:

  • Gravel or substrate: As in fish tanks, many people try to beautify the bottom with a "grit " which we call gravel. There are many sizes, but at AnimalWised we recommend that you use a very fine one and be careful that it does not influence the properties of the water, such as acidity. If we do not want to put gravel there is no problem, although perhaps the bottom will be somewhat impoverished and the prawns will not have an adequate enrichment for their lifestyle.
  • Floors: there are many shrimp plants that we can use, but we recommend java moss since the same leaves are home to microorganisms that our shrimp will feed on. Riccia, java fern, or cladophoras are also good options. We can also use logs and stones to create a unique environment.
  • Temperature: prawns are invertebrates that live in very cold waters, for that reason you will not need any type of heater. Even so, if you have one from a previous fish tank, we recommend setting the temperature between 18ºC and 20ºC.
  • Filter: if we provide them with a sponge filter, we will also be offering them an extra food, since the microorganisms will reproduce in it. If we do not want to use a filter we will only need to remove 10% of the water a week and fill it with new water. That will be all the cleaning they require.
  • Water: we will try to avoid ammonia or nitrite concentrations and offer an average pH of 6.8.
  • Prawns: when you have already created the fish tank, we recommend adding 5 specimens to start. Each of them will have 1/2 liter of water.

Can I add fish to my shrimp?

If your idea is to combine fish and prawns, you should know that, in some cases, prawns can easily become food. These are some compatible fish with the prawns:

  • Corydoras Pygmaeus
  • Dwarf Cyclids
  • Neons
  • Barbels
  • Molly 's
  • discus fish

You should never add the Elephant fish or Platys fish. Finally, and as a recommendation from AnimalWised, we observe that it is preferable not to add fish and prawns in the same environment since the presence of the fish generates stress to the prawns and therefore they remain hidden most of the time between the plants.

Prawn recommended for beginners: the red cherry

It is the aquarium prawn more common and easier to care for. Virtually most people who have or have had a shrimp have practiced with it.

It usually maintains the red color in the females and a more transparent tone for the males, although many times they can present very interesting mutations. Their size is around 2 centimeters (the males being somewhat smaller) and they come from Taiwan and China.. They can live with other prawns such as Caridina Maculata and others of similar size such as Caridina Multidentata.

They accept a wide range of pH (5, 6 and 7) as well as water (6 - 16) and the ideal temperature for this specific species is around 23ºC approximately. They do not tolerate the presence of copper, ammonia or nitrite in their waters.

We can create small populations of 6 or 7 individuals to begin with, and we will always respect your minimum space of 1/2 liter of water per shrimp, which must be proportional to the total volume of the population. If we do not have the presence of fish we can see it swimming and feeding openly throughout the shrimp.

Aquarium prawn feeding

Aquarium prawns are omnivorous animals, for that reason they will feed on all kinds of food. They include scales, plecos food, brine shrimp, red mosquito larvae, and even well-boiled spinach or carrots.

Aquarium shrimp diseases

Prawns have a enviable immune systemThey can eat carrion or fish carcasses without getting sick. In any case, we will pay attention to the appearance of parasites, especially worms such as Scutariella japonica. We will be able to observe small white filaments that adhere to it in the body of the shrimp. You can solve it with the purchase of a antiparasitic at any specialty store or pet supply store.

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