A GROWING TREND in the aquarium hobby is the keeping of ornamental shrimp, and with good cause. Freshwater and saltwater shrimp setups provide a unique and fascinating alternative to traditional fish-only or reef aquariums, and offer aquarists from beginner to expert an exciting challenge. In response to this trend, manufacturers are putting out new, innovative products to meet the growing demand for shrimp care.
Fluval Ebi Nano Shrimp Habitat Care Tips
The minimum tank size for a shrimp aquarium is approximately 19 liters (5 US gallons). The Fluval Ebi Nano Shrimp Habitat features a volume of approximately 30 liters (7.9 US gallons) and dimensions that permit the choice of a large number of shrimp species options. A cover is recommended for an aquarium containing shrimp as they can climb, and the Fluval Nano Shrimp Habitat includes one.
The Fluval Ebi features a small internal filter designed for maximum water clarity and biological capacity. The filter features an integrated spray bar for maximum oxygenation and diffused current.
The Fluval Ebi features a 13-watt daylight compact fluorescent light, which is shielded by the plastic cover on the top of the aquarium. The light will support ample live plant growth of low to mid-light plants.
The Fluval Shrimp Stratum is an essential addition to the nano shrimp habitat and ideal for growing live plants in the aquarium. Derived from naturally occurring sources, the dimensions of this natural substrate will allow newborn shrimp to hide while also providing an ideal rooting medium for plants. Additionally, the dark colored Stratum contrasts beautifully against the vibrant colors of the plants and brightly colored dwarf shrimp species.
Care and Maintenance Tips
Check all shrimp for normal behavior
Check temperature and make sure filter and lighting system are running smoothly
Remove uneaten food
Perform partial water changes every two weeks using Fluval Shrimp Safe
Clean fluorescent tubes and fixtures if necessary
Clean inner and outer glass surfaces
Top off aquarium with water that has been pre-conditioned with Fluval Shrimp Safe
Dose with Nutrafin Cycle
Maintain filter and check the impeller
Change filter media every 3-6 months
Boost new media with Nutrafin Cycle as needed
Check your supplies of food, water conditioners, media and other regularly used items
The Fluval Shrimp Ebi Aquarium Kit
For aquarists interested in housing and breeding freshwater ornamental shrimp, there's no better setup than the Fluval Shrimp Ebi. From the Japanese word for shrimp, the Ebi provides an ideal habitat for freshwater shrimp and crayfish. The Ebi offers a compact, panoramic 7.9 gal nano glass aquarium and comes equipped with a host of tools to make your crustacean biotope a success. Specialized Shrimp Stratum provides the ideal substrate due to its light, non-compacting porous structure, which allows beneficial nitrifying bacteria to populate and rapidly colonize for optimal water quality. The setup also features accessories such as Shrimp Safe Conditioner, Shrimp Granules, a Shrimp-safe Net, and more.
Shrimp Max Breed and Max Growth
Shrimp have a fragile nature and can be a bit pesky when it comes to breeding in the home aquarium. The Shrimp Max Breed and Max Growth formula foods are specifically developed to enhance breeding and growth. The Max Breed formula promotes the gonadal development in shrimp to increase the rate of egg laying, while Max Growth boosts immunity and stimulates shedding to enhance growth.
Other "shrimp-friendly" products include:
Fluval Shrimp Mineral Supplement
Azoo Vita Plus and Mineral Plus
Hikari Shrimp Cuisine