In April I posted on freshwater fish keepers finding inspiration by trying an aquarium setup that seems simple, but they haven’t tried before. That post was specifically about setting up a Fluval Ebi Shrimp Kit and how nice of a little tank it was to set up for freshwater shrimp. Today I want to write an update to that post now that a few months have passed, and write a bit more about keeping freshwater shrimp as pets.
I ended up decorating that Fluval Ebi using a piece of Malaysian driftwood along with a couple of live plants including potted Micro Sword, and one Anubias. The shrimp I ended up choosing were Cherry shrimp, and I started out with 15 assorted males and females. I decided I wanted to keep my setup as simple as possible, so I chose to use tap water to fill the aquarium rather than reverse osmosis water. The only additive I’ve been using in the aquarium is Fluval Shrimp Mineral Supplement which comes with the kit, and of course some dechlorinator is on hand for topping off the aquarium or doing water changes when needed. The shrimp have been picking whatever algae they can find on the leaves of the plants, driftwood, and substrate of the aquarium and I’ve been feeding the Fluval Shrimp Granules which also came with the kit. The shrimp really seem to like the shrimp food from the kit, and when one of them finds a piece of it the shrimp seems to get excited and sits with that piece of food spinning it around until it is eventually completely eaten. So, with regards to care, these shrimp have been incredibly easy to care for and I have had no fatalities at all.
Congratulations! It’s a…boy…girl…boy…boy…girl…holy mackerel how many of these things are there? Take a bunch of cherry red shrimp of mixed genders, throw in plenty of food, comfortable surroundings, suitable water quality, some Barry White music and voilà I have baby shrimp all over my aquarium. When a female is pregnant, initially she will show some greenish tint to her midsection and then ultimately it will look like she has a white saddle on her back. That is a sure sign of a pregnant shrimp. When the baby shrimp are born, they look like tiny versions of their parents only they are clear instead of being red. After about a week and a half, some of the new babies are starting to show just a bit of color and I’ve noticed some tiny shed shrimp exoskeletons so they are clearly growing. While there are babies in the aquarium, it is a good idea to slow the flow down on the filter in your Fluval Ebi, or cover the intake with a filter bag so that the babies are not sucked into the filter. The baby shrimp, just like the more mature shrimp, spend their day cruising around the aquarium moving up and down plant leaves and looking for food.
If you are looking for something really fun to watch, simple to keep, and very different from the standard fish aquarium then try out some freshwater shrimp for yourself and spend time watching their antics.