How to make a shrimp aquarium

I’m going to be starting a shrimp tank soon and wanted to know if any of you had some tips or advice to make it go well. I’m open to everything and anything and it will all help it would be nice to learn from others mistakes as I want the best for my shrimp.

Thank you everyone and Happy New Year!!


  • Dec 31, 2016


  • Dec 31, 2016
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I have a ten gallon tank that I plan on planting and putting some Sakura Fire Red Cherry Shrimp in from Aquatic Arts. The ph of my tank is around 7.5 and room temp should be fine for them I believe. Are there specific shrimp calcium and iodine supplements that you use? Thanks for replying

I might get a couple ghost shrimp before I order the other shrimp to make sure it is shrimp safe so I don’t make a expensive mistake hehe


  • Dec 31, 2016


  • Dec 31, 2016
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It’s all good, you gave me more things to research and I can never have too much of that.


  • Dec 31, 2016

I meant that ten gallons is good for a maximum of 10 shrimps not a start but permanently. Also, if your tank is not cycled then start with a few shrimps, say 2 or 3.

Did the tank with plants had fish or anything else that cycled it. Is that tank old?


  • Dec 31, 2016


  • Dec 31, 2016
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No not yet, what do you mean by imported? If I have no other shrimps it should be fine right?


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  • Jan 7, 2017

What water do you use? PH, KH, and GH don’t matter if you have copper piping. Almost almost all tap water also has chloramine in it, which you need to remove with something like seachem prime. Even then, your parameters like GH would be senseless if you have far more magnesium than calcium in your aquarium. This can cause molting issues. Adding a calcium supplement will increase your GH, which can cause further problems if your GH is already high. Shrimp in general are sensitive, not nearly as hardy as people perceive them to be and trying to regulate each water parameter without actually knowing what’s inside your water to begin with, can be difficult.

RO water + Salty Shrimp GH/KH + TDS Pen = The way to go.

I had shrimp dying all the time, from molting issues to poisoning. I played around with a decholorinators and supplements, only to find out it was my copper piping. This is not to say tap water can’t work, just an overall gamble. I played that gamble and lost and the odds of succeeding are low.


  • Jan 7, 2017


  • Jan 7, 2017

That’s arguable. Expensive could be buying more cherry shrimp because they keep dying from unknown reasons, even though you’re within the correct water parameters. Treating your reverse osmosis water is extremely simple, you just add the powder until you reach the correct PPM. The KISS principle which I’ve heard all over the internet is why majority of my shrimp are dead. If you’re going to have a pet, spend some money, rather than killing innocent animals. That’s what it means to have a pet.

It’s advised to have 10 cherry shrimp to establish a healthy colony. If 90% of them die because of a problem, then you’ll be required to buy more. I mean it’s great that some people are blessed with excellent tap water. But you never know what could happen, parameters can change and it can even get contaminated. Also it’s a great way to introduce bacteria, disease, and algae into the aquarium.

How to make a shrimp aquarium

Complete Guide to Start and Maintain a Freshwater Shrimp Tank

By Paulina Ngo
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Why Shrimp?

Let’s learn how to setup a shrimp tank the right way, the first time! Shrimp are fascinating little creatures that are now very common in the aquarium hobby. There are even many hobbyists that are exclusively shrimp keepers! When kept in a species-only aquarium, you can truly see their quirky personalities. They can be seen swimming and grazing throughout the tank all day and night. They’re very curious creatures and if anything goes into the tank, whether it be food, maintenance tools, or your fingers, they’ll likely come closer to check it out!

Shrimp also readily breed in the aquarium, so you’ll be able to see their entire lifecycle from when a female is carrying eggs to when they hatch into adorable shrimplets and mature. As they grow, they will molt, a process where they shed their old shell and grow a new one better suited to their size. You’ll probably see lots of old shells lying around the tank! As you can tell, I’m a bit obsessed with shrimp but how could I not be? There’s never a boring moment with shrimp with lots to see and lots to learn. Raising and caring for shrimp is very fulfilling and hopefully with this guide, you can be a shrimp keeper too!

Shrimp Tank Size

Shrimp are very small creatures, but their proper tank size is largely debated. Each shrimp keeper tends to have their own opinion based on experience. This is mainly because the number one thing shrimp need is stability . If there is one thing you should takeaway from this article, it is that shrimp need stability . Fluctuating water parameters is detrimental to shrimp and will cause them to die. Sometimes it will be immediate (within days), or they’ll be chronically stressed and die over time.

This is where the tank size debate comes in. The larger the tank, the more stable the water parameters tend to be. In smaller tanks, even the slightest provocation can spike any one of your water parameters very quickly. Because of this, the general consensus is that bigger is better. Larger tanks will be easier to maintain and keep stable. Smaller tanks will limit the number of shrimp you’ll be able to keep and if the tank is overpopulated, the shrimp will likely stop breeding.

It is also important to keep in mind the species of shrimp you intend to keep, as some are more sensitive to changes than others.

My personal opinion is that you can go as low as 3 gallons for a shrimp tank, just bearing in mind everything I’ve mentioned previously on stability and limitations on number of shrimp. For more sensitive species, such as crystal red/black shrimp and Taiwan bees ( caridina species), I would recommend having a larger tank (closer to 10 gallons or larger) unless you are experienced, very strict with tank maintenance and check water parameters religiously.

Tools to Setup a Shrimp Tank

Once you’ve decided on your tank, it’s time to set it up! Here are some general things you will need:

Dwarf shrimp have become almost indispensable in aquascaping and nano-aquaristics. Most species, such as the popular bee shrimp or red-fire shrimp, are capable of reproduction in freshwater, so that under good conditions, youngsters are soon going to be on their way. Dwarf shrimp offspring are only a few milimeters small, so there is a risk of them getting sucked into the filter. Special precautions need to be taken to prevent this.

External filter

Suitable filter guards for all common Lily Pipe filter inflows are available. This means a special intake protection, usually made of fine-mesh stainless steel.

How to make a shrimp aquarium

The mesh is so fine, that even the tiniest shrimp or nano fish can not be sucked in by the filter. The filter guards are available for all common Lily Pipe diameters, 13 and 15mm. In addition, you should pay attention to the height of the intake slots of the filter tube and choose an intake protector of appropriate length.

Internal filter

Internal filters can be protected in a similar manner. For example: the manufacturer Dennerle offers the Nano BabyProtect for their internal corner filter – a special grid equipped with an extra fine filter sponge, which is just clamped over the intake slits of the filter.

How to make a shrimp aquarium

If there is no practical off-the-peg solution available, it is always possible to craft something on your own using e.g. some replacement Nano BabyProtect foam or other filter foam which is tied to the internal filter with nylon string, covering the intake slits.

Rucksack/hang-on filter

Some hang-on filters, e.g. the AZOO HangOn Filter MIGNON 150 already include a matching filter guard made of foam.

How to make a shrimp aquarium

Hang-on filters can be equipped with do-it-yourself filter guards as well, by crafting a pre-filter from foam and tying it to the inflow with nylon string. Depending on model and maker, filter guards initially designed for Lily Pipes may fit the intake pipe.


Skimmers such as the Azoo Skim 250 can be easily modified to make them save for smaller creatures. For that you just need a moss planting grid from e.g. a cultivation pad. This is cut to size, so it fits the length of the intake pipe.

How to make a shrimp aquarium

Now it is bent into a round shape and adapted to the diameter of the intake pipe. Finally, the mesh guard can be installed in the upper part of the skimmer. This reduces the danger of smaller creatures getting sucked into the skimmer. The grid does minimally restrict the effect of the skimmer and it will stick out of the water a little less due to the additional weight, so there might be barely noticeable losses in performance.

How to make a shrimp aquarium

An Azoo Skim 250 equipped with a homemade intake protector.

The bottom intake of skimmers made of glass or stainless steel can be protected with filter guards, which we offer tailor-made for Aqua Rebell and Aquasabi skimmers.

How to make a shrimp aquarium

Freshwater shrimp have turned out to be very popular as algae eaters, and interesting additions to planted nano tanks. Let me give you some tips for keeping shrimp in your tank.

How do I take care of a shrimp tank?

Do your research

Before you buy any new shrimp, is crucial that you do your research, and find out all the things that you need to know about this species.

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This is important because you need to know what kind of environment the shrimp you’re desiring to get it needs to live it. This is important because you also need to know the diet of your shrimp and the water parameters which it lives in.

It’s important that you do a thorough background check on any species before you buy it in the aquarium hobby.

One type of shrimp per aquarium

Keep one type of shrimp per aquarium. Different species of shrimp, require different types of water parameters. For example, cherry shrimp lives in a much different environment to the crystal red shrimp or the ghost shrimp.

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This means so if you keep both together, one species will thrive and the other one will probably perish.

It is also almost certain that if you keep the same species of shrimp but in different colors in the same aquarium, that the shrimp will breed together and stuff up the colors of future generations of shrimp.

So for these reasons and your enjoyment of the hobby, it is important that you only keep one species of shrimp per aquarium.

How to make a shrimp aquarium

Red Cherry Shrimp

Steady water parameters

Keep steady water parameters in your aquarium. This is crucial for keeping any kind of shrimp because shrimp are very fragile and gentle species in the aquarium hobby.

Shrimp require a steady environment, with little to no fluctuations in the water temperature and pH. Shrimp can become easily distressed and because of this, they can die.

So because of these factors, it is important that before you buy any shrimp, that your tank is well cycled and has a steady balance of pH and temperature.

Acclimate before you add shrimp to a new tank

We have to drip-acclimate before you add any shrimp to a new aquarium. I can’t tell you how many times I made this mistake and killed a bunch of shrimp because of doing it.

Because shrimp is so fragile and could become easily distressed, moving them from an environment to a different environment in a really short period of time, can actually stress them out and kill them all.

So it’s really important that you drip-acclimate them for a couple of hours, before adding them to a new aquarium.
This will ensure that their tiny bodies become used to the new aquarium water parameters before they’re introduced.

pH level should be low

Keep the aquarium pH at a very low level. Different kinds of shrimp can handle a neutral pH of around 7-8, but different kinds of crystal red cherry shrimp will not survive at this pH level.

It is important that you keep the pH level of your aquarium below 8 for any kind of shrimp. A pH level range of 6-7 is generally the sweet spot for any kind of shrimp.

Add hiding place to the tank

Keep plenty of hiding spaces available for shrimp in your aquarium. This is important as it will give a little shrimp place to hide when they are newborns. And it’ll also give adults places for refuge and relaxation.

Hide spaces will make shrimp feel secure and safe in your aquarium, and thus bring down the rate of stress in the aquarium.

Shrimp like Java moss

Add java moss to your shrimp aquariums. Java moss is great because it gives shrimp plenty of spaces to hide, and also forms a little micro bacteria, which the shrimp can eat when there’s no food available in the aquarium.

Java Moss

Java moss is a cheap and affordable plant, which is available at most local fish stores and will grow rapidly. Java moss is one of the keys to a successful shrimp aquarium where the shrimp feels safe and secure and can breed with ease.

I would highly recommend this plant to anyone who keeps in breed shrimp in the aquarium hobby.

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How to make a shrimp aquarium

Money making schemes can be extremely successful if properly executed, this does not have to be a large scale opperation, even those with small tanks will be able to turn over large sums of money. Wouldnt it be great to enjoy the hobby and bring in a small bonus?

You may be asking HOW?? Well CRS shrimp are rare and exotic creatures, they command medium to extremely high prices depending on their grade. Breeding the shrimp is not a long nor difficult process, they will readily spawn around once a month, if you have multiple females this can mean a lot of young baby shrimp!.

Before attempting this money-guide make sure you have a composite knowledge of CRS, check out A GUIDE TO CRS for more information on Crystal Red Shrimp. This will supply you with the basic knowledge and understanding to send you on your way.

To make money with the crs, it is necessary to successfully breed them. Do not be afraid of the high price tags they command, because they will sell for the same price. In this way it is very hard to lose money. If I bought ten A grade crystal red shrimp at this instant from a breeder and left them in my tank for a week, I could sell them back for the price I bought them on the same market due to their high demand. As long as you are sensible in having the right water qualities and you make sure not to overfeed them, it is hard to go wrong.

Breeding the Shrimp

    How to make a shrimp aquarium
  • When you buy the shrimp you will want to buy the best quality you can afford but be aware that as the quality increases so does the sensitivity of the shrimp. A grade are a common choice and are seen to sell anywhere between $5-15 a piece, when you buy these make sure to purchase around 10 to assure a good mix of the sexes.
  • B and C grade should be avoided, they will be of little use in building profit due to their lower prices. S, S+ and SS are great to begin with because there offspring will undoubtedly be of a higher caliber compared to lesser grades, which means a bigger profit margin. S, S+ and SS grades will have a much higher initial cost, but it is well worth the investment.
  • You will want to begin breeding the shrimp ASAP. For more in depth information in this step visit CRS Guide. Feed them a varied diet to maintain healthy offspring and keep them in a good mood. Make sure the temperature is at 23 and the pH value is in the preferred softer range of 6-7.

Grading and Sorting Young

    How to make a shrimp aquarium
  • If everything is upkept you will soon have tiny crs shrimplets swimming around your aquarium (a very good feeling). When they grow to around 1cm in length look at the colours on them, at this stage it is fairly easy to pick out your higher grades.
  • From a pregnant A grade shrimp , she gave birth to 2x Hino’s, a S grade and around 10 A grade shrimplets.
  • The Hino type CRS will sell from about $70-300 a piece depending on your country and what is the current demand. The S+ grade shrimp are very popular selling for around 40-50 dollars apiece.
  • With the good offspring, it is best to separate them into a different tank. This is a means of “selectively breeding” the shrimp to obtain higher grades. The lower grades can be discarded or sold cheap (B and C), but the A offspring should be kept for breeding and eventually sold when there are enough in your tank.
  • Following this method you will soon end up with a tank full of A grade shrimp and a tank with more than a few Hino’s and maybe even a Mosura (SSS). When you reach about 10 high quality shrimp it is probably a good idea to sell about half, or you risk having them all being wiped out by a freak event. Make sure you do not sell your larger females or berried females as these will be the most crucial to the reproduction of your Shrimp.
  • CRS will give birth about once a month (sometimes longer) if you are lucky and the shrimplets will be able to reproduce in 1 -2 months time. Usually from a batch of fry I am able to keep around 10 alive until they are fully grown. If there are around 5 or 6 females in the tank this will mean’s about 50 shrimplets a month, which, at an average price of $20ea, is at least $1000 dollars, thats alot of money for only 5 female shrimp.

Over time

How to make a shrimp aquarium

  • As you can see over time it will definitely stack up to be a lot of money. Within each batch of fry from an SS grade, I have counted at least 3 SS grade being produced every time, proving it is easy to push your profit margins even further and increasing your avergae price.
  • Why has no one else thought of this idea? Well the fact is a lot of people have thought of this idea and some people use it. Why do you think people pay such ridiculous prices for higher quality shrimp? Sure it may be because they like the white, but probably because they plan to breed them. And so in this way the cycle goes on, the price stays high, the demand is always up and people are constantly breeding. Because of there inbred genes, it makes them more fragile and so even though many people are breeding these precious animals, many are dyeing in the hands of amateurs, travel packaging and from disease.
  • Of course this method is not foolproof. You have to be able to successfully keep any kind of shrimp alive without any health problems before this method can be attempted. CRS are not the easiest shrimp to care for, but once you are setup and know what you are doing there should be no problems.
  • Now that you have successfully bought and constructed your very first aquarium, you are an accomplished aquarist. Why not impress your friends and family by turning your aquarium into a natural planted aquarium. Aquatic plants grow and live in the aquarium and make any aquascape truely beautiful. Click on the link below and continue.

How to make a shrimp aquarium
shrimp farming at home, growing shrimp, freshwater shrimp farming, indoor shrimp farming

Why Indoor Shrimp Farming?

Shrimp, often called decapoda crustaceans, are widely available everywhere at a fraction of the price. Many shrimp muscle tails are edible to humans, and they are widely harvested and farmed for human consumption. Shrimp is not only delicious, but an excellent source of iron, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and potassium for vitamins A, E, B6 and B12.

Increased demand for seafood is one of the main drivers of growth in the global shrimp market. The global shrimp market is expected to grow over the forecast period as consumers around the world switch to healthier diets because seafood is considered a healthy source of animal protein.

Consumer demand for fresh and frozen seafood is also a major contributor towards the growth of the global shrimp market. So, starting a shrimp farming business is highly lucrative for the entrepreneurs who want to start an aquaculture project.

The ability to control temperature, avoid airborne diseases and control all environmental factors allows indoor systems to produce more consistent growth and higher yields. This is for the same reason as moving chicken, pork and milk production indoors.

Indoor systems must overcome some traditional limitations as well as new ones. First, the production unit must be much smaller in order to simply fit inside. This is a surprising advantage for indoor systems. Smaller systems are inherently easier to manage, preventing unnecessary problems. When the tank is only 12 feet wide instead of an acre, it’s easier to detect and mitigate problems. For example, a typical problem might be uneaten or accidental death from infection. If both dilemmas are detected early on as reversible, the potential negative impact on water quality and existing shrimp can be avoided. In the field of large tanks and ponds, it is almost impossible to detect these problems before causing significant damage.

Machines for Making Shrimp Feed

Through the fish feed extruder we can use cheap local raw materials to produce high-quality feed according to the nutritional needs of shrimp, which may save your feed breeding costs.

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Think Before Starting Shrimp Farming

It is a good idea to start farming intelligently. A smart farmer always considers the necessary costs and investments and tasks before he starts farming. Here’s your guide to understanding these tips and taking some time to think about them before you start your shrimp raising business.

  • Learn how many types of shrimps are there in the world and decide of them, which one can give you more profit?
  • Also, learn the how much it cost to start a new shrimp farm, depending on the scale of your business.
  • Also, think about the fodder, care, and management needed for the growing shrimps economically.
  • Also, learn how to prepare shrimp nutritious fodder at home only? if you not much capital.
  • Also, think of the space, cost, initial capital required for starting shrimp farming.
  • Also, learn how to test your water to find out the elements present in it.

Whatever is this, it is advised to take a visit to your nearest shrimp farm, if available to learn all these points in deeper and also better information about this.

How to Raise Shrimp at Home

Shrimp are a popular addition to aquariums, but they are also a popular cash crop. The price of shrimp has been high compared to other seafood. Many people raise shrimp at home in small or large ponds, make their own tables or sell them as seafood crops. With a little time and effort, you can use some simple guidelines to grow your own shrimp.

Buy baby shrimp from specialty retailers. Buy shrimp 30 to 60 days old to ensure you get healthy shrimp. Start your shrimp tank in early June to take advantage of the shrimp’s summer growing season.

Set up your shrimp tanks. Allot 10 shrimp per 20 gallons of water to give shrimp adequate personal space. Set up a pump and filter system; line the aquarium with substrate and provide rocks and plants for shrimp to hide. Put the heater and thermostat in the aquarium, and fill it with dechlorinated or distilled water. Turn on the pump, filter and heater, and give the tank 24 hours to settle.

Monitor tank temperature and adjust heater accordingly. Keep the shrimp at 76 to 88 degrees. Temperatures below 60 degrees or above 97 degrees kill the shrimp.

Place the shrimp in the tank. Feed shrimp fish or shrimp food once a day, keeping the water warm and transparent. The shrimp will grow throughout the summer and be ready for harvest in September or October.

Growing Shrimp for Profit

Planning and Designing your Shrimp Farm:
Most shrimp farmers raise shrimp in ponds. However, as mentioned earlier, you can start your farm in a basement trash can, container, or old swimming pool that is no longer in use. Consider how much money, time, and resources you are willing to spend, and plan ahead before you start. Go to your place and see if you have any space that could be a shrimp pond.

Sourcing your Juvenile Shrimp:
You should know what type of baby shrimp to get and where to get them, which is an essential part of your solid start to the farm, so be clear about what you’re photographing. Search for hatcheries in your area, or local shrimp farms that can help you make virgin shrimp.

Water Quality:
Water test your water for any toxins, dissolved chemicals or substances or pathogens. If you are considering indoor shrimp farming, your home water supply may be good, and it will eliminate many problems, such as predators and pathogens. Be sure to follow this step because the quality of the shrimp depends heavily on it.

Harvesting & Marketing your Shrimp:
You need to know the right time and the right way to harvest. If you’re producing enough shrimp to make a profit, it could be a good source of income. You’re going to see a lot of demand for high-quality, organic farmed shrimp, and a lot of sales around the world. Try to establish direct selling points at your farm or home. It is also profitable to market directly to nearby businesses, restaurants or farmers’ markets. You can also use online resources for marketing.

How to make a shrimp aquarium

Dwarf freshwater shrimp are relatively easy to keep – at least most species are – offering first-time aquarists something “outside the box”, and veteran fish keepers a new direction to focus their interests and skills in. They’re perfect for 5 to 10-gallon planted aquariums, meaning you can have a shrimp tank almost anywhere!

To set up a nano shrimp tank you’ll need the following items:

Aqueon makes setting up a shrimp habitat easy with our 7.5 gallon LED and 8.75 gallon Designer LED Shrimp Aquarium Kits. Each kit contains the key components you’ll need to be successful with dwarf freshwater shrimp and live plants, along with setup instructions and a shrimp and plant guide. Add an Aqueon heater to maintain proper temperature.

If you’re building your own shrimp habitat, your filter should have a guard on the intake to prevent shrimp – especially babies, which are miniscule – from being drawn in. Air-operated sponge filters are the exception, and they can be a good choice because shrimp can’t get sucked in and they will readily feed on the bio-film that grows on the sponge. Aqueon QuietFlow Internal Shrimp Filters included in our Shrimp Aquarium Kits include a protective screen and foam intake pad to prevent shrimp, small fish and invertebrates from entering the filter. The foam pad can be cleaned by simply removing and rinsing it.

An aquarium weighs approximately 10 lb per gallon when filled with water and décor, so make sure the base you place your tank on is sturdy enough to support it. Also, avoid locating it near sunny windows, heating/air conditioning vents, or drafty areas like outside doors.

Dwarf shrimp like to hang out and forage on rocks, driftwood and plants, making natural decorations essential. As your tank matures, micro-organisms will grow on these surfaces and provide your shrimp with a valuable source of food. Planted aquariums are enjoying a revival of sorts in the hobby, and they go hand in hand with dwarf shrimp. Besides providing habitat for your shrimp, especially newly-hatched young, live plants help balance pH, provide oxygen and improve water quality by removing pollutants like ammonia, nitrate and phosphate.

Pristine water is critical to dwarf freshwater shrimp. Even the most durable species don’t tolerate poor water quality, so it’s essential to cycle the tank before introducing your first shrimp. There are many ways to cycle an aquarium, but one of the soundest and easiest methods is to start with a few hardy fish like white cloud minnows or zebra danios and wait 4 to 6 weeks, testing ammonia and nitrite weekly. Once both levels are zero, you’re ready to add shrimp! (Make sure nitrate is below 10 ppm as well.) The starter fish should be removed at this time, as even the smallest, most peaceful fish are capable of eating baby shrimp.

Choosing the right equipment and being patient when starting out will ensure years of enjoyment with dwarf freshwater shrimp. Check out our article on Dwarf Shrimp Water Quality to learn more about maintaining the best conditions for your shrimp!

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How to make a shrimp aquarium

Some of the most exciting animals you can keep in a saltwater aquarium are shrimp! If they are put in the correct aquarium, most of the shrimps available to aquarists are reasonably easy to keep too. However, they do need some time to acclimate to a new environment. For them, this phase is a very stressful one, which is why you need to take all the appropriate steps to make it smooth and simple for them. If you fail to take the process of acclimating seriously, there is a high and very real, chance that many of your new shrimp will not survive. So what is the best way to acclimate your shrimp?

Whilst there are several methods you can use to acclimate shrimp, we strongly recommend the Drip Method. It is proven to be the best and most effective approach to ease the transition for your new shrimp. It normally only takes a few hours if you follow the instructions carefully.

Why Do I Need To Acclimate Shrimp?

Changing the atmosphere is extremely stressful for shrimp. If you speed up the process and add a lot of your aquarium water with a bottle, for example, it could lead to shock and death. With the Drip Method of acclimation, you’ll give your shrimp the best chance to adapt to new water parameters and the potential climate. Of course, this can’t remove all the potential stress for them, but it does significantly reduce all the potential risks that come with acclimation.


To give your shrimp the smoothest acclimation, it helps to have things planned in advance to ensure you are prepared and ready. This means planning your day of purchase or, if you are buying online, having a flexible schedule in preparation for their arrival so that you can dedicate the necessary time to the process. The Drip Method of acclimation will take at least 2 hours, but potentially more if this is your first time using this method.

First Steps to Acclimate New Shrimp

How to make a shrimp aquarium

You must prepare a few things before you begin acclimating your new shrimp. Simple things that can help greatly reduce stress for your shrimp include:

  • Turn off the lights on the main display tank or your quarantine tank and dim the room lights.
  • Do not have bright light aimed directly into the transport box.
  • Carefully open one side of the transport box to allow a small amount of light in. Leave for 5 minutes.
  • Slowly open the box over the next 5-10 minutes to fully acclimate the shrimp to the light of the room.


For the actual process of acclimation, you will need the following pieces of equipment:

  • Scissors
  • A bucket
  • A clothes peg
  • Airline tube

Drip Method

This approach is considered to be more advanced. It is typically targeted at vulnerable inhabitants, such as corals, shrimps, starfish, and of course shrimp.


  1. Get a bucket or container and ensure it is thoroughly washed and rinsed.
  2. Use the scissors to cut all the transport bags and empty all the water and shrimps from the transport bags into the bucket.
  3. Use a clothes peg to secure an airline hose to the rim of your aquarium.
  4. Tie a loose knot into the airline, then suck on the hose end nearest the bucket to start the flow of water from the aquarium.
  5. The tightness of the knot will set the drip rate. Aim for 2-4 drips per second. The looser the knot, the faster the drip rate.
  6. Allow the water height in the bucket to double, then remove 50% of the water and dispose of it.
  7. Repeat step 6 for 40-60 minutes.
  8. Use the net to remove the shrimp from the bucket and slowly place them into your aquarium.
  9. Dispose of the water in the bucket.

Remember, always follow the acclimation procedure even if your new arrival appears to be dead. Some shrimps can appear as though they are dead when they arrive and will usually revive when the above procedure is followed correctly.

If you’re looking to add shrimp to your aquarium but not sure which species to go for, check out our other blog piece on ‘Top 5 Best Shrimp for Your Saltwater Aquarium’.