With their reddish-brown color and creamy white back stripe, bamboo shrimp are a decorative addition to the aquarium. Their most striking feature, though, are the large feathery ‘fans’ used to filter particles out of the water.
With a maximum size of around 4.7 inch/12 cm, these shrimp are significantly larger than dwarf shrimp. Females are larger than males and have smaller front legs.
Although bamboo shrimp are relatively easy to keep, their feeding method does require the aquarist to take a few extra measures to ensure they don’t end up starving. Keep these shrimp in an aquarium of 20 gallons (76 L) or more and be sure to imitate their natural habitat by using a filter with a strong flow. A hillstream habitat would be ideal for this species. Provide a perch, like as a piece of tall wood or rock, in a high current spot so the shrimp can use it as a foraging location.