Dear colleagues! In today’s article, I would like to talk about an indispensable assistant in the fight against algae in the aquarium, which Takashi Amano himself used in his works of art.
As you already understood, the hero of our article today is Amano Shrimp.
In 2006, it was revealed that Caridina multidentata and japonica shrimps are the same species, and it was decided to officially call Amano shrimp on Caridina Multidentata. Master Takashi, in his herbal aquariums, noticed that these shrimps eat algae with terrible force and he bought a couple of thousand orderlies from a local breeder.
A shrimp received the nickname “Amano” in the 80s of the last century.
In the aquatic trade, this shrimp has another name – Algae Eating Shrimp, or Algae Shrimp. But I, in order not to hammer your head in principle with unnecessary information, I will use the usual name “Amano Shrimp”.
Homeland habitat shrimp are the southern and central regions of China and Japan. Not so long ago, it was already discovered on the territory of the island of Taiwan.
Shrimp prefers to dwell in clean streams and rivers, which originate high in the mountains and flow into the ocean. The fact is that sea water plays a key role in the life of Amano.
As it turned out, fresh water is needed only for adults, and the Amano larvae develop in the sea and feed on plankton. When the larvae grow, they will return back to the freshwater reservoir.
It is this feature that caused numerous unsuccessful attempts to propagate shrimp in captivity. Yes, the female perfectly bears eggs, but when they swim, they will soon die.
The content of “Amano Shrimp” is considered simple. The maximum size of shrimp reaches 6-7 centimeters.
The optimum water temperature in the aquarium should be between 20 and 28 degrees, but there have been cases when Amanki could withstand lower temperatures without any problems. The main condition is to avoid sudden jumps.
Also, pay attention to the chemical parameters of the water in the aquarium. They must be within the following limits:
- The active reaction medium (pH) – 6.2-7.5;
- KN – 6-8;
- GH – 6-8.
From these parameters, we can conclude that Amano is not difficult to maintain, but like other types of shrimp, they do not like sharp changes in the chemical parameters of aquarium water. In addition, a high concentration of nitrates / nitrites, ammonia, a low concentration of dissolved oxygen, the presence of various drugs in the water and an excessive concentration of CO2 can be fatal for shrimp. As a result of exposure to the above points, the shrimps become extremely lethargic, cease to swarm in mosses and soil, and also stop to eat fully.
Very important – do not allow copper to enter the aquarium, as this is death. The maximum lifespan of Amanok is 5-6 years.
For the content of shrimp “Amano” need 5 liters of volume per individual. If there is a thread in your tank, then you need to get about 50 pieces of shrimp per 100 liters of volume to overcome this attack.
At least, this is how the great master Takashi Amano advised. An aquarium with shrimps should have a cover glass and a lid, as orderlies can leave their homes with the help of various tubes from compressors, filters, and so on.
And if the water parameters in the aquarium have changed dramatically, then they can completely run away from the aquarium. The color of the body in shrimp can vary depending on what you feed them, and can vary from transparent reddish to greenish.
From the sides there is a scattering of dark points and dashes.
Feed your pets need a variety of feed, as with a lack of algae, it can begin to cut your Javanese moss or ambulia. Shrimps are great for eating bloodworms, pelleted feed for bottom inhabitants of the aquarium, lettuce and spinach leaves and special food for shrimp.
The highest activity in “Amanok” is observed at night.