Ring hand shrimp


Brent shrimps / Ring hand shrimp and prawns are also known as Macrobrachium assamense known. They belong to the rock shrimp family. Their original home was the Himalayas. If you want to get in touch with these animals, you have to pay attention to a few points in order to have a harmonious life in the tank.

The appearance of these shrimps catches the eye. The basic body colour is different from many other species. While these are often slightly transparent, the ringed hand shrimp has a greyish often up to a brownish basic tone. The body can also be marbled. The animals’ claws are often red or black. The shrimp is also conspicuous by its curled shears. However, this is not the case with all ringed shrimp. This shrimp species is also very large. The animals can grow up to 8 cm in size. This means that the ringed hand shrimp is also a large shrimp and no longer a smaller species.


These shrimps should never be kept alone. They need their own kind. However, due to the size of the ringed shrimp, the tank should be a bit more open. Not only the size of the animals must be considered, but also the fact that they need plants that offer them hiding places. If the aquarium is large enough, the animals will get along much better with each other. Unfortunately these shrimp are not as peaceful as other species. The males can certainly fight each other and this does not always end well.

A female can basically have young every month. Often up to 60 young are born. This is a lot, so the tank simply has to be bigger. The young animals need enough hiding places, you can also put caves into the water.


The ring hand shrimps get fish food. Shrimp food can also be given. Mosquito larvae also love these water dwellers. Frozen food would also be a possibility. Basically the animals are not very choosy when it comes to food. Protein food would be recommended so that the animals can develop splendidly and lack for nothing.


Breeding is not difficult. The pelvis only needs enough female and male inhabitants. However, the young animals should always be offered a good hiding place. The females are usually quite peaceful. But the males like to assert themselves and where could they do this better than with the young? If you notice that it does not work at all, you should have a second tank for the kittens. The kittens hatch already after 4-6 weeks, they are already mature, but of course they are not protected from becoming a victim of the existing males.


The socialization is okay as long as you keep a few points in mind. The ring hand shrimp is not the most peaceful shrimp species. The shrimp may well attack other tank inhabitants and try to prey on them. Especially small animals do not have it easy with the ring hand shrimp. Therefore, it is best not to let them get into the tank in the first place. Larger fish are okay so far, if they do not like to attack themselves. Unfortunately other shrimp species are not such a good idea either. The smallest of them are definitely hunted. Even small crabs and mussels, as well as snails can be attacked and eaten by the shrimp. This does not exactly make socialisation easy, but it is a problem that can be solved.