Shrimpkeeping Care

Learn all you need to you here to succeed at keeping a colony of dwarf shrimp!

Shrimpkeeping is a rewarding pastime and great pet for first time aquarists and experienced veterans alike. Provide a good environment and you will be rewarded with swarms of shrimplets, try to mimic water conditions listed with livestock for best results.


  • 5-50 gallon aquarium, a larger body of water is inherently more stable but equipment will be more costly.
  • Air lift sponge filter, or sponge prefilter over intake of canister or hang on back filter.
  • Light, remember you are trying to imitate the sun and show the best colors of livestock so choose something bright with a more warm white, purple, and red shade rather than blue or cold white.
  • Aquasoil like SL Aqua, ADA, or brightwell. Make sure you look up directions for cycling tank as they vary per product.
  • Moss and plants to provide grazing surface area, cover for shrimp to feel safe, and consume waste as they grow.
  • Leaf litter, as botanicals such as Indian Almond leaves or alder cones decompose they have beneficial properties like culturing micro food and releasing tannins.
  • Optional heater matched to size of aquarium .
Orange Eye green tiger white gene breeding tank by Ray Haas
8.75 gallon Aqueon aquarium, Micmol light, Twin sponge filter, UGF box, Sl Aqua soil, Various Microsorum and mini pelia.
5 gallon Red cherry shrimp breeding tank. by Adam Benson.
Crystal Red shrimp breeding tank by David Li

Tank Mates

Dwarf shrimp are very peaceful and do not have means of defense, they thrive in species or invert only planted tank setups. Keeping with fish is situational depending on mouth size as fish are opportunistic feeders and may take baby shrimp as a snack. The most suitable are nano species such as otocinclus, pygmy cory species, dwarf rasbora species, and ember tetra. Larger fish may relentlessly hunt shrimp and can exterminate a colony overnight.


Pick pick pick pick…. The main food the shrimps busy little arms are constantly grazing is biofilm and it occurs on every surface underwater in your aquarium, ways to increase surface area that are beneficial are planted tank substrate and a clump of moss. Another food source that should be provided is leaf litter as this is ever present in their natural environment and contains many vitamins and minerals, use pesticide free indian almond leaf, alder cones, mulberry leafs etc. Also feed a small amount of food daily, try to underfeed to avoid uneaten food polluting water. Some examples are commercial prepared dry foods, blanched fresh green veggies, spirulina, bee pollen, and nettle flower.