Bamboo Shrimp Species Profile

The scientific name for the Bamboo shrimp is Atyopsis moluccensis, and other common names are fan, wood, flower, marble and Singapore. They come from the family Atyidae and are “distributed throughout South East Asia”. *

The approximate tank temperature should be in the range of 72-82 degrees F and water quality is key. It is not recommended that they be placed in newly set up tank but in more mature tank of at least 20 gallons. Your PH levels should be stable with ammonia, nitrite reading zero and nitrates under 20 parts per million.

The Bamboo shrimp is fairly easy to care for and will perch on driftwood or plants near the areas of highest flow in order to filter feed off the micro organisms. Foods may include ground flake food (pre dissolved), Daphnia fry, brine shrimp fry, and ground up algae wafers via syringe or pipette is suggested (targeted feeding). Specialized foods may include Shirakura Chi Ebi or Borneo Wild Bebi **Others TBA**

Physical Description: Typically these shrimp have a white or cream colour base with stripes down running lengthwise over the body. There is usually one longer white strip running from the head of the shrimp to the tail along the back. When kept in groups they may turn a bright pink-red colour.

Sexual Differences: Males typically will have thicker and larger forelegs while the legs on females willhave a fairly uniform thickness throughout.

Breeding: **no information available as of yet about breeding in captivity** See comment below by RTR

General Comments: Fan shrimp are filter feeders. As they have no claws, their appendages end in fine feather like fronds. They use these fronds to collect micro organisms from the water column. Typically they prefer to feed near the filter outlets and in takes where the flow is stronger. It is suggested that driftwood and taller plants be placed near these area in order for the Fan Shrimp to perch and feed. It is also noted that if Fan Shrimp are foraging the substrate for food then they are being inadequately fed. It is advised that, should this be the case, it is possible that they will damage the fronds used to skim the water of the microorganisms. Most, if not all specimens found in the aquarium trade have been wild caught in South East Asia.

Comment by Robert T. Ricketts, a.k.a. RTR:**

“[So far as I know],the entire group develops as planktonic larvae in SW, so are expected to be difficult to breed in captivity. But as Amano shrimp can be captive bred, so should the filter-feeder shrimp respond to quite similar handling. All these critters (along with certain snails) are a major challenge for the interested breeder, but not at all impossible. It is impractical rather than impossible. Commercially it completely impractical. All of the long-arm shrimp (other than the red-claw Macrobrium species) are in the same breeding pattern – they havean obligate planktonic phase with multiple stages.”

References:

http://www.shrimpnow.com/content.php/181-Atyopsis-moluccensis- (Fan Shrimp)*

http://www.thepufferforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=25310#p272831 (Fan Shrimp)**