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Shrimps 101

Darwin Algae Eating Shrimp

by Alexcel Lorin John Collaborator 04 Aug 2020 0 Comments

Scientific Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Crustacea
  • Class: Malacostraca
  • Order: Decapoda
  • Infraorder: Caridea
  • Family:  Atyidae
  • Genus:  Caridina
  • Species: Caridina Longirostris closely related to C. sp. NTnilotica
  • Behavior: Non-aggressive
  • Length: Grows up to 5 cm
  • Tank Temperature: between 15-21 degrees celsius
  • Water chemistry: pH: 6.5-8
  • Hardness: soft to hard
  • Diet: Algae-film, any fish food, other detritus, unwanted fish food leftovers

This type of shrimp is a native of Australia which is not yet for export due to strict policies.

This shrimp is one of the best options when the fish tank owner wants to get rid of algae inside the fish tank as these shrimps love to consume algae. When in a group, the shrimps can easily snack-on the algae films inside the fish tank.

Breeding: There is nothing fancy or different requirement when breeding this kind of shrimp and per usual, the females carry large green eggs which are normally developed in the shrimp’s natural habitat or in the fish tank.


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