Bamboo Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)

Bamboo Shrimp

The Bamboo Shrimp is one of the most amazing of its kind. It has many names, including the Asian Filter Shrimp, Fan Shrimp, Wood Shrimp, etc. The Bamboo Shrimp can display a wide range of hues, including red, tan, brown, and diverse shades of each. Some hobbyists say that the hue symbolizes the genuine well-being of the species, however, some people oppose this idea. Bamboo Shrimp changes its hue to mix in with its environment. Since the species must sit out in the wild it would bode well that disguise is required, since they are like sitting ducks for the predators while nourishing in streams. Additionally, the females may change hues to show that they are ready for mating.

The Bamboo Shrimp is an enjoyable species that invests the majority of its energy out in the open fanning which presents it unquestionably an incredible “centerpiece” for an aquarium that you might need to have guests take a look at. Its fans and fascinating appearance will dependably interest visitors. It is amazingly tranquil and can be bashful if awkward or unhealthy.

Water Parameters

Temperature: 25-28°C
pH: 6,5 – 7,5
Hardness: 3-10 dGH

They can be kept well in neutral pH and a hardness value around 5-8. The comfortable temperature is 26°C with good aeration and sufficient water flow to carry them floating small food particles and organisms.



The “fans” of the Bamboo Shrimp, channel the water current for filtering microorganisms and small food particles. Since it filters the water, you will mostly find this species sitting gently in the current areas with its fans spread out. If you watch them carefully while they are feeding, you will see that it shuts the fan, puts the shut fan beside the mouth, and swipes it over the mouth to a kind of “lick” it.


There is one drawback for the Bamboo Shrimp: it doesn’t breed in freshwater. Like the Amano Shrimp, this species requires brackish water during the larval stage to grow adult from the hatching. Another drawback for those who intend to keep this species is that all varieties sold on the web and pet stores are wild-caught and not captive-bred. Expelling this shrimp from the wild habitat and setting it in freshwater aquariums may most probably cause this species to decay in the natural habitat.

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