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Armoured shrimp Atya gabonensis
Category: Freshwater Invertebrates - Fan Shrimps
Price: £23.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 6 in stock
Harmless to fish as they are purely a filter feeder. This are fantastic shrimps and the ideal introduction into invertebrates.
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 0 and Neutral|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Atya gabonensis (Armoured shrimp)
The deceptively fierce-loooking armoured shrimp, Atya gabonensis, is a gentle giant from West Africa. A true tropical species, it is fairly hardy and adaptable, and will do well in both acidic and alkaline water conditions. It is a large animal though, getting to around 15 cm in length, and so does need a spacious, well-filtered aquarium to do well. As with other fan shrimps, it poses no threat to small fish, despite its size. Armoured shrimps are greyish-blue in colour, and get their common name from their sturdy shell and robust, spiny legs.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Fan shrimps tend to be more territorial than the smaller shrimps mentioned so far, but in large tanks with plenty of hiding places it is possible to keep multiple specimens. They are robust animals, typically growing to around 8-10 cm in length, and able to take care of themselves in most community tanks.
The most distinctive feature of this group are their fan-like appendages which they use for filter feeding. In the wild, they eat plankton, but in aquaria they seem to have no problems supporting themselves as opportunistic omnivores. They happily take things like vegetarian flake and algae wafers as well as frozen bloodworms and daphnia. Nonetheless, it is great fun to watch these shrimp using their filter feeding appendages, and often they will position themselves in the aquarium close to the strongest water current, presumably their normal behaviour in the wild. A pipette (of the type supplied with many aquarium medications, for example) can be used to squirt small amounts of suitable foods into the stream of water, from which the shrimps will happily feed. Baby fish food, lobster eggs, and marine invertebrate food can all be pressed into service for this type of feeding.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|