Most ornamental shrimp are extremely small and should be kept in a shrimp-only aquarium. However, there are a few freshwater shrimp that are large enough to be kept in a peaceful community aquarium, as the shrimp grow large enough not to be eaten by other fish.
Introducing the Flower Shrimp, Atyopsis moluccensis. They are also known as the Bamboo Shrimp or Waterfall Shrimp. This freshwater invertebrate can grow up to 3.5 inches long!
While the Flower Shrimp is very pretty in color, it is unlike typical ornamental shrimp in more ways than just size. More ornamental shrimp are omnivores that will eat anything they can find, as well as any algae that is growing on bark or plants. Flower Shrimp, on the other hand, are filter feeders with four small feather-duster like appendages. Flower Shrimp use these appendages to catch tiny food that floats by. Instead of eating algae, Flower Shrimp prefer crushed flake food or baby fish fry feeding food. Most ornamental freshwater shrimp can find enough food in the tank to survive, but Flower Shrimp may need additional food supplementation via a Sea Squirt. A Sea Squirt is usually used to feed saltwater corals, but it can also be used to make sure Flower Shrimp receive a targeted source of food.
If you can’t tell, Flower Shrimp require a moderate amount of care. They should be kept in aquarium set-ups that are 20 gallons or larger, and they need a strong water flow. While they can be kept in peaceful community aquariums, you may occasionally notice your Flower Shrimp acting in an aggressive manner or posturing towards other fish. Flower Shrimp do not have claws that can harm other fish, but they can act mean if they feel threatened. However, this posturing or aggressiveness is just an act.
Flower Shrimp can vary in color from speciment to specimen at first. However, a pinkish-pale red color is the standard coloration for this freshwater shrimp, once they are settled in their aquarium and have an established food supply.
At PetSolutions, a Flower Shrimp has taken residence in our 265-gallon freshwater aquarium. He is currently living peacefully with clown loaches, some tetras, otocinclus catfish, corycats, and angelfish. He is a great addition to our community tank!