Scientific Name: Atyopsis moluccensis
Ease of Care: Moderate
Approximate Arrival Size: 1 to 2 inches
Approximate Full Size: 3.5 inches
Native Region: Asia
Recommended Aquarium Size: 20+ Gallons
Diet: Filter feeder
Water Flow: Strong
The Flower Shrimp is a freshwater shrimp known by many common names, including Flower Shrimp, Bamboo Shrimp, and Waterfall Shrimp. It is very important to understand that this shrimp is a filter feeder, meaning that it has four small feather-duster like appendages it uses to catch tiny food which floats past. Crushed flake food and baby fish fry feeding food would be appropriate to feed this shrimp. A helpful tool for making sure your shrimp gets food is a tool called a Sea Squirt which is often used for feeding corals in a saltwater aquarium. A turkey baster may be used as well, but it is shorter and gives less control of the feeding.
This shrimp is large enough to be kept in a peaceful community aquarium, as it is too large for most fish to eat. There is one of these shrimp living in the PetSolutions office aquarium with clown loaches, various tetras, otocinclus catfish, cory catfish and angelfish. The Flower shrimp doesn't have claws for scavenging food or harming fish, but it will do some posturing and occasionally move in an aggressive manner toward a fish if the shrimp feels it is being threatened. Rest assured this is just a show.
These shrimp vary in color from specimen to specimen, but once they have settled into an aquarium and have become established with food and comfort they will generally begin to show a pinkish to pale red color but that is not always the case