Amano Shrimp (Caridina multidentata) Yamato Shrimp

Amano Shrimp (Caridina multidentata) Yamato Shrimp

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Amano Shrimp are named for the aquarist Takashi Amano, who first introduced them to the aquarium hobby after discovering their ability to obliterate algae in aquariums. Also known as Yamato Shrimp, this species is found in the wild in Japan, as well as parts of Korea and Taiwan. They are extremely difficult to breed, so most Amano shrimp are caught in the wild and then sold to stores and individual hobbyists.

Their reputation as excellent algae eaters makes these shrimp ideal candidates for planted tanks. Amano Shrimp are totally peaceful, and are great additions to shrimp tanks with other dwarf shrimp species because they will not interbreed with other dwarf shrimp or eat shrimp fry. Though their translucent coloration does not make them stand out as much as the other, brighter-colored varieties of dwarf shrimp that we offer, they are beautiful in their own subtle yet elegant way. Their clear, light blue bodies are speckled with small, dark red or brown dots that form interesting patterns, and they often feature an opaque blue or brown stripe along their backs. 

 These shrimp grow larger than any other dwarf shrimp in the hobby, attaining a maximum size of 2 inches in length or more.

Recommended Tank Parameters

  • pH level range: 6.0 - 7.6
  • Temperature range: 60° - 80° F (15.5° - 27° C)
  • Water type: kH 0 - 10; gH 4 - 14; TDS 80 - 400