Glass shrimp

Appearance

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Glass shrimps belong to the Macrobrachium shrimp family. They are therefore a form of large shrimp. The males usually grow up to 5 cm, while the females can even reach 8 cm. These water dwellers get their name from the fact that their body is largely transparent. The animals also have a very interesting colouring, which is why they are so popular. This form of shrimp is easy to recognise, as the claws and arms are quite large.

Attitude

The glass shrimp are peaceful animals. They do not attack other water dwellers. If you want to keep them with other animals, you should of course make sure that they also leave the shrimp in peace. The shrimp species is sensitive to water. The water must neither be too soft nor too acidic. If it is exposed to it, it can make it more susceptible to disease.

The glass shrimp should be kept in a group. The aquarium should not be too small, a tank of 80 cm or more is recommended. If enough males and females are kept, there is not much in the way of offspring. The glass shrimp not only need enough space in the tank, but also plants to hide themselves. Aquarists should therefore offer sufficient shelter. Especially the edge area should be well equipped. Suitable are plants, stones and also caves. Mangrove roots are also highly recommended. Very interesting is the fact that this shrimp species likes climbing. The owners should definitely offer a possibility for this, but then remember that the tank has a cover. Without it, the shrimp could actually fall out of the tank.

Chuck

As far as food is concerned, glass shrimp are somewhat more demanding than other conspecifics. They should be offered red midge larvae, as well as water snails of the small species. You can feed Tubifex and also food for ornamental fish or shrimp. The food can be given to the animals in dry form. Frozen food can also be used. Some aquarists also offer the large shrimp growth algae. These are eagerly eaten by the shrimp.

Breeding

Breeding glass shrimp is not quite so easy. There is a lot to consider. The larvae alone have to go through several stages, whereas with other shrimp the young can live independently immediately. With the juveniles of the glass shrimp, on the other hand, the owner must make sure that the animals get enough food. The young shrimp also need permanent lighting to develop and live.

Association

The socialization with other aquarium animals must be taken very seriously with the glass shrimp. Glass shrimp have large claws, even though they are quite peaceful, they can still be dangerous for some inhabitants. Especially smaller animals than themselves must suffer from them and should be kept out of the tank. But the shrimp might also want to assert themselves against larger aquatic inhabitants sometimes. If you look for the right tank inhabitants, however, the shrimp will always be peaceful. For example, ornamental fish that are almost the same size as the glass shrimp bring harmony. Crayfish would also be very useful. But you should always think about the shrimp’s hiding places; the animals need these to feel at ease, even when other inhabitants are present.