Singapore Flower Shrimp

The Singapore Flower Shrimp comes from the fast moving waters of rivers and streams within Asia. They are interesting shrimp that are able to change colors very rapidly. Their coloration will range from tan to dark brown, and at times, even a bright red. The conditions that cause these shrimp to change color are unknown, but it is speculated that either their mood or the need for camouflage are the reasons. They are one of the larger freshwater shrimp attaining a maximum size of 3-1/2 inches. Their front six legs have fan-like appendages in which they use to filter the water for food. They are very interesting shrimp that will add a new dimension to your peaceful freshwater aquarium.
An established freshwater aquarium of at least 20 gallons with plenty of hiding places and mature substrate are the ideal setup for the Singapore Flower Shrimp. It should be housed with peaceful fish that will not pose a threat of eating these shrimp.

Differences between the sexes is easily noticeable with the male being larger than the female. They are extremely difficult to breed going through many planktonic stages before reaching miniature adult stage and need brackish to full strength saltwater.

Singapore Flower Shrimp are omnivores that will consume algae, detritus and left over food from both the water column and the substrate. They will vigorously fan the water column during feeding to filter out any food that they can catch. If insufficient food is present, supplement with a quality flake food or pellet.

Quick Stats:
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons
Temperament: Peaceful
Water Conditions: 68-85° F, pH 6.5-8.0, KH 3-10
Max. Size: 3½"
Color Form: Red, Tan
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Asia
Family: Atyidae

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Bridget Gent August 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

In my experience these shrimp are excellent cleaners and fun to watch. They shed like the other inverts and ours has grown to about 3 1/2 inches.

Jeremy G. August 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I have 1 bamboo shrimp in a 10 gallon tank with a few live bearers, a loach, 2 dwarf frogs, and danios. It is planted well enough and with enough obstructions to relieve the stress of a smaller tank. Anyway, back to Buhhda(my shrimp). Very neutral when it comes to his tank mates. He typically is perched where the filter system pushes water out. Now let it be known- If your shrimp is combing the bottom looking for food, he isnt being fed properly. They are meant to catch their food stationary with their fan arms. I’ve had him for about 2 months and he has molted twice and probably tonight will molt again given his behavior. What I have learned is they like to be about mid to upper part of the tank so provide suitable climbing structures. Mine has only gone to the bottom of the tank to find a spot to hide and molt. Typically fish will not bother these guys. However, when my clown loach(which I just got today to get rid of my awesome colony of snails) gets biger I will have to relocate him. Let it be known, my tank was less than a month old when I put him in it, and out of all my trials and errors(alas poor fish, I knew them well) He get adjusted rather quikly. Also side note before I submit, these guys grow fast. Mine has like I said molted twice and is now the biggest thing in the tank! Best of luck to all you who decide to add them to your tank, you will not be dissapointed.

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