How to Keep Your New Flower Shrimps
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You’ll find flower shrimp under several names – including wood
shrimp and Singapore shrimp. For
this reason, we believe they originally came from Singapore.
There’s also a salt water flower shrimp that comes from the
Indian Ocean. They look
similar and tasty. (The cooked
flower shrimp cost less than the live ones.)
Appearance. Flower shrimps blend into the woodwork. Another reason they’re sometimes called wood shrimp. They can “bloom” into different colors very rapidly within the brown/orange/reddish range -- maybe the reason for the flower shrimp name?
Their two to three-inch size makes flower shrimps ideal community tank mates.
They don’t chase fish as large as moons/platies but don’t
belong in a guppy breeding aquarium.
Flower shrimps are not well known as eaters of excess food that
falls to the bottom. But they
will strain out the micro algae that turn your water green and the micro
organisms that turn your water a cloudy grey.
Unlike most shrimps these little guys usually don’t crawfish
backwards in twitchy jumps. They
calmly mosey across the gravel at a leisurely stroll (unless you try to
pick them up).
As mentioned earlier, Flower shrimp eat micro foods.
Commercial micro foods would probably pique their need to breed. Second choice –
grind up flake foods into a powder.
The hermit crab meal looks like a good substitute also. Dissolve it
in water first. Flower shrimp eat the bacteria that eat the excess
food you feed.
The hermit crab meal looks like a good substitute also. Dissolve it in water first. Flower shrimp eat the bacteria that eat the excess food you feed.
Take another look. Those
are not really pincers at the ends of their first four arms.
They’re more like leaf rakes that pull small particles into their
craw. They also resemble flowers when you look at them.
Perhaps this gives them the flower in their name? Consider your flower shrimp
harmless to normal fish.
They also resemble flowers when you look at them. Perhaps this gives them the flower in their name? Consider your flower shrimp harmless to normal fish.
and Lotsa Feet.
Underneath their abdomen, you’ll see three pairs of legs they use to walk on the bottom.
Most shrimps prey on the algae that grows on the various objects in
your aquarium. Not the flower
shrimp. They eat only the tiny
free-floating micro algae.
Exoskeleton. Like other arthropods, flower shrimp have no bones. Their muscles attach to their exoskeleton or hard outer shell. As they grow, they shed their “shell” and go into a “soft shell” phase. Other critters love to eat them at this tasty phase. I’m not sure whether they eat their shed shell or not.
Not Hiders. Flower shrimp prefer to hang out around your filter outlets. The stronger ones get the best spots. Some will pile up in these preferred places.
We have not bred them. However,
if you keep your flower shrimp in a community tank, you will not find the
tiny babies before your fish enjoy a tasty shrimp dinner.
Lots of little critters demand a surface they can crawl on –
cockroaches, for example. Flower
shrimp stress out and may die if kept in bare tanks.
Flower shrimp fare great in community tanks.
Their chances of breeding go up if you keep them in planted tanks
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Calvin, January 22, 2008
I saw your page on flower shrimp. I never heard of anyone calling it a flower shrimp. One reason is because THEY DON'T LOOK LIKE FLOWERS!!!!!!! They are mostly called fan, bamboo, and wood shrimp. In your page you should mention they have fan like claws. They sit near the filter because of the current.
A: Did you read the page? I referred to them as flower shrimp. They're also called Singapore shrimp and don't look much like Singapore. Google "flower shrimp" and you'll get 2,250 hits. (Of course, many of the hits were recipes.) Just because you never heard of the flower shrimp name does not mean no one else has heard of it. LA
Andrew Battler, Fort Worth, TX, August 6, 2011
Hey, great site! Just my two cents: around here the flower shrimp is sometimes called the marble shrimp by chain pet stores because of their striped marble back. The rest of us call it a flower shrimp, because of the way their feeders "bloom" when they feed. Thanks!.
A: Thanks. They have lots of names. I'll add your comment to my flower shrimp page. LA
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