Freshwater Invertebrates for Aquariums: Singapore Flower Shrimp
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Singapore Flower Shrimp
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Singapore Flower Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Water Conditions 68-85° F, KH 3-10, pH 6.5-8.0
Max. Size 3½"
Color Form Red, Tan
Diet Omnivore
Compatibility View Chart
Origin Asia
Family Atyidae
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Overview

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.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 3"

Customer Testimonials

Lisa Smith Kansas City , MO
I have two of these fun shrimp. When initially purchased they were a dull beige color and hid for several days. Then one evening, under my small moon glow LED I finally found them... one had been hiding in silk plants and the other in a cave. They had turned very red and came out to eat. One loves to sit on my fake coral and fan and the other is incredibly smart... she sits on the filter intake valve and waits for food to just come flying by! How hilarious! They do need a bit of aquarium salt and are very peaceful... they let the little ghost shrimp crawl all over them. No special food is needed and I have them in a soft, acidic tank with top dweller predators with no problems. They won't even bother the smallest fry.
Priscilla Paso Robles , CA
We got one of these shrimp to start out to see how he would fare. He is a lot of fun to watch and a novelty for people to look at. He is very peaceful and loves to be out in the open and stays in one place a lot. Yesterday we noticed he/she had shed. Wow, the skin he shed is an EXACT clear copy of himself, the antennae and all. Pretty cool. Nice addition to any freshwater aquarium. This one lives with spotted cory's and platy's. The cory's run all over the shrimp and he/she doesn't seem to mind.
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