What's the difference between an Amano shrimp Vs a flower shrimp?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by cheesepuff, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. cheesepuffWell Known MemberMember

    What are the physical differences between an amano shrimp vs a flower shrimp? They both look kind of similar to me. I would love to have them in my tank, but I'd rather have one or the other at the moment.
  2. DanB80TTSWell Known MemberMember

    Could you be more specific with the the flower shrimp? Is it a bamboo shrimp? Because they are also called flower shrimp.
    scientific name would clear it up.
  3. DanB80TTSWell Known MemberMember

    Assuming the flower shrimp and bamboo shrimp are the same thing which I think they are, check out these profiles.

    Bamboo shrimp

    Amano shrimp

    I believe bamboo shrimp are filter feeders and unlike Amano shrimp they feed by catching food in the water column using their fans. I'm not sure how you would feed them in an aquarium.

    Amano shrimp just scavenge for food and are praised for their apatite for algae.
  4. cheesepuffWell Known MemberMember

    From what I'm reading it sounds like the bamboo shrimp would be easier to take care of. How do they compare in size when they are adults? I did not see this information in the links provided.

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  5. cheesepuffWell Known MemberMember

    If i get a bamboo shrimp I might get a water curcurlater since they like current and filter feed

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  6. DanB80TTSWell Known MemberMember

    I think both shrimp grow to around 2-3 inches, I'd say the amano would be easier to take care of personally. I have no experience with filter feeding shrimp though.
  7. cheesepuffWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah, all I remember about filter feeding was from a sponge Bob episode many years ago.

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  8. Kyle 2048Valued MemberMember

    I personally love the fan shrimp. They are fun to watch because they stick their fans in the water than suck them back in when they get food. They are fairly easy i recommend them.


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