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All-Water Boards => Other Aquatic Pets => Topic started by: RAHT on April 19, 2016, 09:02:00 PM

Title: amano shrimp?
Post by: RAHT on April 19, 2016, 09:02:00 PM
Hello everyone,
About 3/3.5 years ago I bought 6 cherry shrimp and 6 "algae eating shrimp".  There were lots of baby shrimp for a while, which must have been the cherry shrimp, but eventually they died (eaten?) off.  I hardly ever see my algae eating shrimp because my tank is well planted.  I have listed in my notebook over the years that I could see 5-6 occasionally which sounded about right.  2 are quite big now, close to 2 inches.  A few days ago my daughter counted 12-14 and today I was about to see 9-10.   I know that Amano or algae eating shrimp are not able to reproduce in fresh water…   Is there another type of shrimp that looks very simiar that I could have that are able to breed in fresh water?
I tried to attach a picture but it is not working.


Title: Re: amano shrimp?
Post by: RAHT on April 19, 2016, 09:07:20 PM
I see that my picture actually did work…I'll try posting a better one.

Title: Re: amano shrimp?
Post by: TwoTankAmin on April 20, 2016, 10:14:06 AM
I keep amanos, those look similar if not the same. They will spawn in fw and the initial stage is a larva which must make its way to a saltier environment. There is undergoes changes and it then will return to fresh water. However, I have heard some talk of successful reproduction in hard water tanks. I cannot say these are true.

This link may help (

Title: Re: amano shrimp?
Post by: RAHT on April 20, 2016, 08:17:36 PM
Thanks, for the link.  I thought there were two possibilities, either they aren't amano shrimp or at some point I bought more and just dont remember!