Facts about Bamboo Shrimp

If you want to learn some information about bamboo shrimp then this article is just for you. Let’s discuss everything concerning to bamboo shrimp such as their appearance, diet, requirements, breeding, tankmates and many more.

General description

Bamboo shrimp are a very common species of freshwater aquarium shrimp that are mostly found in Southeastern parts of Asia and are also called Asian Filter Feeding Shrimp, Singapore Shrimp, Singapore Wood Shrimp, Wood Shrimp, Singapore Flower Shrimp, Flower Shrimp and Atyopsis moluccensis which is their scientific name. This type of freshwater shrimps can be found in aquarium stores, even though these are not as common as dwarf shrimp. When buying these shrimp pay attention to their activeness and choose the ones that are well behaved and very active. Preferably choose shrimps that have all their limbs, but if one or a few limbs are missing then it is not a serious problem. You can buy shrimp even with some missing limbs because these limbs will grow back after some time.

Appearance of Bamboo Shrimp

Bamboo Shrimp

Bamboo shrimp grow up to a size of 2-5 inches and live about 2-3 years. They are very colorful, and their color goes from red to brown with a white line on its back. Fun fact about this white line is that it is only visible when the shrimp are happy, so this way you can understand the mood of the shrimp. These shrimps have 3 feathery fans and a couple of long sensory antennas, also they have compound eyes like many other shrimp species.

Diet of the Bamboo shrimp

Bamboo shrimp do not feed from bottom left food and normally these are shrimps that feed on filter and they usually stand in the current without moving for many hours so the small particles can stick to their fans. You can feed them by putting powdered food in the stream that can flow straight to their fans, these food can be baby shrimp food, crushed fish flakes and algae powder. If you notice that your shrimp get dirty too fast and there are too many powdered food floating around then it is better to get some “cleaner” tankmates. Or if you notice that bamboo shrimps start digging the substrate in order to find food then it is time to feed them more.

Bamboo shrimp requirements

These shrimp do not require much as they are very easy to keep, but still, they require some effort. The aquarium for this should be of 76 L or more and should be very similar to their natural habitat with a strong filter and a wood or a wood like stick so the shrimp can stand under the flow. The water pH level should be about 6.5-7.4 and the nitrites and ammonia should be 0ppm. The temperature in the aquarium should be at least 73 F and maximum 82 F. Also the aquarium should have many hiding spaces as Bamboo shrimp molt and change their exoskeleton with a new one and when the new one appears they need hiding spaces where they can hide for few days until the new exoskeleton will become more firm.   Overall these shrimp are very easy to take care of as they adapt to any aquariums.

Another important factor about Bamboo shrimp requirements that you should pay attention to is copper. Just like for most of the freshwater aquarium shrimps copper can be very dangerous for Bamboo shrimp, thus you have to avoid using copper in your tank. Also, pay attention to plant fertilizer pellets and once you plant them in the substrate they can dissolve slowly so you should be careful.  When the substrate moves dissolved pellets stir up and releases everything that is in them into the water column. This can lead to filter feeding shrimps to consume a large amount of concentration which is very dangerous for them.

Another important thing about Bamboo shrimp that you need to pay attention to is when they hide for a long time. They can be hiding under plant leaves, behind the rocks or anywhere that they can hide. During preparation for molting, this is pretty much a normal behavior. But be careful as this may also mean that something is wrong. If this continues for a longer period then you need to check the water parameters as something may be wrong.


Breeding Bamboo shrimp can be a little difficult. Baby Bamboo shrimp are born as larva and need to live in a very salty water to survive, you need to transfer them into salty water immediately where they can grow and look like adult shrimps and after that, you need to transfer them back to fresh water. Seems challenging but it is something that every shrimp keepers can do.

What tankmates should Bamboo shrimps have?

First of all, you should keep your Bamboo shrimp in groups, where they feel safe. Bamboo shrimp need tankmates that will not be dangerous for them as they are very week and peaceful shrimps. For example out of shrimp species dwarf shrimp can make them good tank mates and all types of snails can be good too.

Bamboo shrimp color changes

Usually, Bamboo shrimps are red and brown, sometimes they can be redder and sometimes more brown. Sometimes these shrimp can turn into the color of green, orange or yellow. After molting they have a light brownish color. Do not worry when you notice that your Bamboo shrimp is changing its color as these changes in color are pretty normal and make these shrimps more interesting.

Overall Bamboo shrimp will be good for those who like to see changes in their aquarium, as these fish are prone to color changing. Also, it is very interesting to watch the behavior of these shrimps, the way they breed, molt, eat and much other fun stuff. They are also perfect for those who do not want to take much responsibility as Bamboo shrimps are very easy to take care of. Hope this article was informative for you and now you will have a better idea about Bamboo shrimp.

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