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The Bamboo Shrimp, also known as the Wood Shrimp or Singapore Flower Shrimp, is a unique and fascinating freshwater shrimp species popular in the aquarium hobby. Scientifically known as Atyopsis moluccensis, these shrimp are native to Southeast Asia, including regions like Indonesia and Thailand. Here are some key characteristics and care tips for Bamboo Shrimp:

  1. Appearance:

    • Bamboo Shrimp have a distinctive appearance, with long, feathery fan-like appendages that they use to filter particles from the water. These appendages resemble bamboo, which gives them their common name.
    • The body coloration can vary but is typically translucent or light brown. The fan-like appendages can range from white to brown.
  2. Size:

    • Adult Bamboo Shrimp can reach a size of 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 centimeters), with males generally being smaller than females.
  3. Behavior:

    • Bamboo Shrimp are filter feeders, meaning they actively sift through the water to collect microorganisms and organic particles. They use their specialized feeding appendages to do this.
    • They are generally peaceful and non-aggressive, making them suitable for community aquariums.
  4. Tank Requirements:

    • A well-established aquarium with stable water conditions is essential for Bamboo Shrimp. They are sensitive to changes in water parameters.
    • Provide a tank with a gentle water flow, as these shrimp prefer slow to moderate currents. Sponge filters or other devices that reduce water flow are recommended.
    • The aquarium should have hiding places, such as rocks, driftwood, or plants, where Bamboo Shrimp can perch and feed comfortably.
  5. Water Parameters:

    • Temperature: 75-80°F (24-27°C)
    • pH: 6.5-7.5
    • Hardness: 5-15 dGH
  6. Diet:

    • Bamboo Shrimp are filter feeders and primarily feed on microorganisms, organic particles, and debris in the water.
    • Provide a well-established tank with natural algae growth and microorganisms to ensure a continuous food source.
    • Supplement their diet with powdered or liquid invertebrate foods if the tank lacks sufficient natural particles.
  7. Compatibility:

    • Bamboo Shrimp are generally peaceful and can coexist with other non-aggressive tank mates.
    • Avoid keeping them with overly aggressive or predatory species that may harm or outcompete them for food.
  8. Molting:

    • Like other shrimp, Bamboo Shrimp molt to grow. Providing a calcium source, such as crushed coral or a piece of cuttlebone, can aid in the molting process.

Observing the filter-feeding behavior of Bamboo Shrimp can be quite captivating, making them an interesting addition to a well-maintained and appropriately stocked aquarium. Regular monitoring of water parameters and ensuring a stable environment are crucial for their health and well-being.