The appearance of the malaria shrimp is not easy to determine, as these animals can change their body colouring. Visually, this shrimp species usually appears in a beige or brown tone. Sometimes, however, even blue or reddish colours are possible. Very interesting about Malaya shrimp is the pattern that distinguishes this shrimp species from many related animals.
The dorsal stripe is also crossed by another stripe, which is definitely a unique selling point. In most cases these additional horizontal stripes are much lighter than the rest of the body. Further drawings are also possible on the tail of the Malaya shrimp. These can be small dots in different colours, for example. Male and female animals can also differ in their appearance. As a rule, the female animals are a little larger and are also a little flatter than their male conspecifics when viewed from the side.
The correct keeping of Malaya shrimps is particularly important. It is recommended to use an aquarium with a capacity of at least 10 litres. The temperature of the water should be between 23 and 30 degrees. The optimum temperature for keeping the shrimp is 25 degrees. In order to ensure optimal keeping, the pH value should also be between 6.5 and 7.5. At least ten animals should be integrated into the aquarium.
Theoretically, fewer animals can be used, but due to the unrecognizable gender distribution a later breeding may be more difficult. If higher temperatures above 25° are chosen for keeping the shrimp, the Malaya shrimp will be more lively and move faster. On the other hand, if temperatures below 25° are chosen, they are slower and slower. This should always be taken into consideration when it comes to keeping them in a species-appropriate way.
Feed / Nutrition
Optimal nutrition of Malaya shrimps is very simple and can already be ensured without much effort. First and foremost, these animals feed on various algae growths. However, the Malaya shrimp’s diet also includes biofilms which can form on the decoration and plants in the aquarium. Of course there is also shrimp food which has been adapted to the diet of these animals.
Twice a week you should therefore also feed the necessary protein food. This provides an optimal dietary supplement. In general, therefore, vegetable food is the most important nutritional basis. Alternatively, brown autumn leaves from nature can also be fed, which is very popular with Malaya shrimp.
During reproduction, Malaya shrimp first give birth to smaller larvae, which after a short time will develop into young shrimp. If these animals are bred, no special brackish water is required. The reproduction can take place in normal fresh water, which should already be available in the aquarium of the parent shrimp. The development of young Malaya shrimp differs from other shrimp species and is more difficult to observe in practice. Due to their small size the young shrimp are rather inconspicuous. When breeding, it is recommended that this is done in a run-in tank.
This tank should always be supplied with additional suspended particles so that the young animals can be fed optimally. In any case it should be possible to ensure that the offspring are protected from predators and are not exposed to the suction of the filter in the aquarium. The filter in the aquarium should also be aligned in such a way that no current can develop above the bottom. In this way a layer of mulch can form, which can provide optimum protection for the young animals. It is also recommended that a filter with a foam mat is used so that the larvae cannot be caught by the suction. If these important factors can always be maintained during breeding, the population in the aquarium will multiply rapidly. Before starting to breed Malaya shrimp, it is essential to create these important conditions.
A socialisation should in any case be completely risk-free for all animals involved. Only animals that have similar needs in their individual habitat may be socialised. In general it is possible to keep Malaya shrimp with different species of fish in one aquarium. It is also possible to socialise with snails or different types of crabs. Of course, different shrimp species can also live together in one aquarium. The coexistence of several animals can make for a special visual attraction in an aquarium.