Introducing the Caridina Japonica shrimp
The Caridina Japonica , also called Caridina Multidentata or Amano Shrimp , is a pretty 3-7cm gray shrimp, native to Asia. This freshwater shrimp is robust and very popular in the aquarium hobby, an aquarium of 60 liters and 6 individuals is the recommended minimum. The Amano shrimp is reputed to be discreet, this caridina will tend to hide in the different plants of the aquarium, ignoring the other inhabitants of the tank.
How to feed the Amano shrimp? Algae-eating shrimp
The Japonica shrimp is alguivorous, but also detritivorous like most aquarium shrimp .
It appreciates dried leaves (oak leaf, etc.), dry food (granules, flakes, etc.) but also live food (bloodworm, brine shrimp, etc.). It is the earthworm of the aquarium!
Reproduction of the Caridina Japonica
The reproduction of the Amano shrimp is a little more complex than other shrimp, as it requires passage of the larvae in brackish water.
A female carrying eggs must be selected and isolated in a tank. The female does not lay her eggs, but expels small larvae which float (a clutch contains at least 500 larvae). Its larvae can stay 5-6 days in fresh water before being transferred to water with a salinity of 33 to 34 g/l. Once the larvae are transformed, they can be gradually transferred to fresh water. Attention, this passage is delicate, it is especially not necessary to make pass a larva which did not finish its transformation in fresh water.
Japonica Water Parameters
Just like the classic red cherry , Japonica shrimp adapt to a wide range of parameters. However, prefer the settings below:
T°16 - 28°C
pH 6.5 - 8.5
GH 5 - 20