Invertebrates
 
There are many types of shrimps and snails species available to the aquarium industry. Some are purely ornamental, while others (namely neocardina and cardinia species for shrimps and Neritina species for snails) are kept primarily as detritus and/or algae consumers. Of the many species found to be useful to the aquaria hobby, the Japanese Marsh Shrimp - better known as the Yamato / Amano Shrimp is by far the most popular algae eater in the hobby. Neritina snails on the other hand, are not far behind, they will rid your rocks, driftwood and equipment of algae as if they were brand new... even Black Beard Algae (BBA) doesn't stand a chance. Most freshwater shrimp and snail species are tolerant of salinity and pH ranges but are very sensitive to ammonia/ammonium and heavy metal concentrations.

For the majority of shrimps a neutral and medium hardness water is generally suitable. Some species of shrimp do have preferences for slightly acidic or moderately alkaline waters though a range of 5.6 to 7.5 pH and hardness levels around 5-10 gH. Temperature, likewise has to be kept below 30C. When changing water, ensure that chlorine, chloramine and heavy metals are removed with dechlorinators prior to adding to the tank. It is highly recommended not to use any hot tap water when performing water changes. It should be noted that if keeping these shrimps and/or snails, copper based water additives or medicines should never be used.
 
Super Red Cherry Shrimp
(WK)
Neocaridina heteropoda "fire red"
 
 
 
Orange Shrimp ()
Caridina propinqua
 
 
Red Cherry Shrimp (罼)
Neocaridina heteropoda var. red
 
 
Yamato / Amano Shrimp (jMh)
Caridina multidentata
 
 
 
Bumble Bee Shrimp
Caridina cf. breviata
 
 
Brown Shrimp (I)
Caridina sp. 'Brown'
 
 
Tiger Shrimp (꯾)
Caridina cf. cantonensis "Tiger"
 
 
Red Nose Shrimp (u)
Caridina gracilirostris
 
 
 
Wood / Fan Shrimp (jצ)
Atyopsis moluccensis
 
 
Blue Shrimp (Ž)
Caridina ssp. 'blue'
 
 
Crystal Red Shrimp "S" (SŤ)
Caridina cf. cantonensis "crystal red"
 
 
Crystal Red Shrimp "SS" (餧Y)
Caridina cf. cantonensis "crystal red"
 
 
 
Zebra Snail "Thick Stripe" ()
Neritina natalensis sp. "Zebra"
 
 
Zebra Snail "Thin Stripe" ()
Neritina natalensis sp. "Zebra"
 
 
Spiky Snail / Horned Snail ()
Clithon corona
 
 
Ruby Nerite Snail (v)
Neritina natalensis sp. "Ruby"
 
 
 
Star Snail (yPH)
Brotia pagodula
 
 
Abalone Snail sp. (Hj)
Septaria porcellana sp.
 
 
Abalone Snail (j)
Septaria porcellana
 
 
Pond Snail
Lymnaea peregra
 
 
 
Blue Mystery Snail (_)
Pomacea bridgesii sp. "Blue"
 
 
Ivory Mystery Snail (H)
Pomacea bridgesii sp. "Ivory"
 
 
Zebra Mystery Snail (īG)
Pomacea bridgesii sp. "Zebra"
 
 
Malaysian Trumpet Snail (Ӧ)
Melanoides tuberculata
 
 
 
 
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