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.
|Other Names||Indian Whisker Shrimp|
|Scientific Name||Macrobrachium sp.|
|Tank Size||10 gallons (minimum)|
|Size||1 – 2 inches|
|Optimal Temperature||70°F – 88°F|
|Optimal PH||6.5 – 7.5 (6.0 – 8.0)|
|Optimal GH||6 – 8 (<15)|
|Optimal KH||2 – 6 (<11)|
|Optimal TDS||150 – 200 (100-300)|
|Nitrate||Less than 20 ppm|
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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.
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 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.
- What Are Whisker Shrimp? – https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/what-are-whisker-shrimp.273838/
- Pregnant Indian Whisker Shrimp Carrying Eggs (Berried) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz0LtYtnl48
- Is this a ghost shrimp or a whisker shrimp? – https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/is-this-a-ghost-shrimp-or-a-whisker-shrimp.223303/
- Indian Whisker Shrimp Eats a Pea – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Molp13j28Vc
- Anyone ever heard of Whisker Shrimp? : shrimptank – Reddit – https://www.reddit.com/r/shrimptank/comments/2bxaph/anyone_ever_heard_of_whisker_shrimp/