Whisker Shrimp Care Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Whisker Shrimp are freshwater shrimp that have semi-transparent bodies. They look like Ghost Shrimp, but they are thicker and have longer bodies. Whisker Shrimp are a bit aggressive and can bully other aquarium shrimp. Here’s everything you need to know about Whisker Shrimp’s care.

NameWhisker Shrimp
Other NamesIndian Whisker Shrimp
Scientific NameMacrobrachium sp.
Tank Size10 gallons (minimum)
Size1 – 2 inches
Optimal Temperature70°F – 88°F
Optimal PH6.5 – 7.5 (6.0 – 8.0)
Optimal GH6 – 8 (<15)
Optimal KH2 – 6 (<11)
Optimal TDS150 – 200 (100-300)
NitrateLess than 20 ppm
Lifespan1-2 years
Whisker Shrimp Overview

Whisker Shrimp Size & Lifespan

Whisper Shrimp usually grow to a size of 2 inches in length. The average lifespan of Whisper Shrimp in captivity is 1-2 years.

Tank Size

Whisker Shrimp can live in different aquarium sizes. Small tanks between 5-10 gallons are suitable for keeping a small colony. But, a 20-gallon tank allows for more shrimp, more activity, and easier management.

Water Parameters

  • Water Temperature: 72 – 82 Degrees Fahrenheit is ideal.
  • Aquarium pH: Varies/Adaptable.
  • Aquarium Lighting:  Normal fish tank lighting.

Diet & Feeding

Whisker Shrimp spend most of their time scavenging for food on the aquarium bottom. But, they also enjoy eating Marino Moss Balls, shrimp food, and blanched vegetables. Aim for food that does not break apart easily.

Things To Consider


Whisper shrimp are aggressive and attack and eat other shrimp, small fish, or sick fish. Some suggest that the best tank mates for Whisker Shrimp are aquarium snails. Others recommend keeping the Whisker Shrimp well-fed, and it won’t attack smaller tank mates. Always monitor the tank to see what’s happening and make adjustments accordingly.