Bamboo Shrimp Care Guide

Bamboo Shrimp, scientifically known as Atyopsis moluccensis, are an easy to care for and unique freshwater pet. In this comprehensive Bamboo Shrimp care guide, we will go over care requirements, breeding tips and more. 

Quick Reference Table:

Scientific NameAtyopsis moluccensis
Size2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm)
Lifespan5-6 years
Natural HabitatStreams with strong current
Tank SizeMinimum 20 gallons
Temperature68°F – 77°F (20°C – 25°C)
pH Level6.5 – 7.5
Dietary HabitsFilter feeder
Bamboo Shrimp Quick Reference Table

Bamboo Shrimp size, color and lifespan

Bamboo shrimp are freshwater shrimp with a distinctive appearance. Unlike the colorful Neocaridina family, Bamboo Shrimp have translucent bodies.

They use their fan-like apendages to filter particles from the water column. Bamboo Shrimp size tops out at about 2 to 3 inches, making them larger than other dwarf shrimp. Their average lifespan , under optimal conditions, is around 2 to 3 years.

Bamboo Shrimp

Recommended water parameters

Above all stability with the water parameters is most important. Shrimp are very sensitive to ammonia and don’t do well with fluctuating conditions. The recommended water temperature range is between 72°F to 82°F (22°C to 28°C). pH levels should be between 6.5 to 7.5 and water hardness from 3 to 10 dKH. Proper filtration and weekly water changes will help to keep harmful nitrate levels low. Adding a Weco Wonder Shell to the tank is recommended. 

Bamboo Shrimp tank size and setup

Bamboo Shrimp do best in a tank thats at least 20 gallons. Being filter feeders, they need the added space and water flow.

A Sand or smooth gravel substrate is best, as it allows Bamboo Shrimp to forage for food particles. Adding driftwood, rocks, and live plants to the aquarium provides hiding places and surfaces for algae growth. 

Bamboo Shrimp Diet and Feeding

Bamboo Shrimp are filter feeders. They get their nutrients by capturing particles from the water column. They feed on plankton, algae, and detritus floating in the water. Supplementing their diet with commercial powdered or liquid foods is recommended.

Bamboo Shrimp should be fed during the evening or night when they are most active. Use a gentle current to disperse the food throughout the tank. Only feed once or twice a week. Avoid over feeding to maintain water quality.

Breeding Bamboo Shrimp

Breeding Bamboo Shrimp in captivity can be difficult. They require brackish to fresh water and back to brackish conditions to breed. This makes its nearly impossible for your average hobbyist to breed Bamboo Shrimp. 

You are better off looking for Bamboo Shrimp for sale. You can expect to pay an average price of $9.99 per shrmp. Making them a rather expensive choice.

Common Health Issues and Solutions

Despite their ease of care, Bamboo Shrimp are prone to certain health issues. Stress, injuries, and bacterial infections are the most common. Maintain good water quality and provide enough hiding places to help reduce stress levels.

Treat injuries and infections with an aquarium safe medication. Isolated injured or sick shrimp to protect the rest of your pets and allow ample time to recover. 

Compatibility with Other Aquarium Inhabitants

Bamboo Shrimp are peaceful. They do well with a variety of freshwater aquarium fish and other shrimp. Tetras, rasboras, and gouramis. are all great choices. When keeping them with larger, more aggressive fish, you should keep an eye out for any problems. 


Bamboo Shrimp are great additions to any aquarium. They contribute to the well being of any tank and are fun to watch! By Following these recommended guidelines and providing a suitable habitat, You are sure to enjoy them for many years. 

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Chad Latta
Chad Latta

I have over 20 years in the aquarium hobby! My love for writing and passion for helping people have led me to bring you the most effective and up to date information possible, in a way that is easy to understand. Enjoy!