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Do Amano Shrimp Need A Filter? | 8 Important Facts To Know |

Yes. Like many other aquatic ornamental species, Amano shrimp need a filter to survive in an aquarium. 

Similar to any different aquatic life, Amano shrimp also produce bio-load, although the amount is low. This debris causes the water to get dirty and causes toxins like ammonia to build up in the water. 

To remove this debris, we need to add a filter to our tank.

Amano Shrimp need a filter

Do Amano Shrimp Need A Filter In a tank?

Amano shrimp need a filter in a tank. A filter cleans the water of debris, eliminates dangerous ammonia and nitrate buildup, and aerates the water so your fish can breathe. 

Amano shrimps are highly sensitive to water condition changes. So, you need a filter to keep water conditions at ideal levels if you want your shrimp to thrive. 

However, if you have a heavily planted tank setup, then the plants do the natural filtration. Therefore, Amano shrimps can live in a planted aquarium without a filter.

Do Amano Shrimp Need A Filter In a bowl?

A fishbowl typically holds no more than 3 gallons. Amano shrimps will not survive for long in a bowl unless it is a massive fishbowl that can hold about 10 gallons of water. 

They also need a filter to survive because Amano shrimps are sensitive to ammonia and Nitrate changes. 

If the bowl is planted, then they can live in a bowl because plants provide natural filtration. However, the minimum bowl size should be 10 gallons.

How long can Amano shrimp go without a filter?

If the tank is not covered with live aquarium plants, then shrimps can only last long without a filter for a few hours. 

Sometimes they will survive for days, but they will eventually die. The Time will come when you have a perfectly built fish tank with filters and the power in your area cuts down for a few hours. In this case. You do not need to worry. 

Amano shrimps can survive in these situations, provided that your tank is clean by that time.

If the power in your area cuts down frequently, the best alternative option is to plant some live aquarium plants to be the backup option.

Amano Shrimp need a filter

Will Amano shrimp get sucked into the filter?

Yes. Amano shrimp get sucked into the filter because they are tiny creatures that do not swim much. 

If your shrimp is swimming, then that is a sign that your shrimp is under stress. This is a sign that the water conditions are unsuitable for your shrimp, and they seek a way to escape from that water. 

Your filter needs some sort of attachment to block the shrimps from getting sucked into the filter. You can use stockings or a net to cover the filter. 

But, the sponge is the best as a sponge filter can prevent Amano shrimp babies from getting sucked up into the filter.

Do other shrimps need filters?

Yes. All other aquarium shrimps need filters to survive. Generally, all shrimp types are susceptible to water changes, unlike fish. 

So, if you keep shrimps in your fish tank, you need to be more careful with your water conditions.

Without a filter, the water in your tank collects more and more debris that causes the water to build toxic buildups like ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite. 

All shrimp types are highly sensitive to these nutrients. Excess levels of these nutrients can kill shrimps. On the other hand, fish can tolerate little more toxic nutrients than shrimps. Therefore, we must add filters to our tank if we have shrimps.

Do ghost shrimp need a filter?

Yes. All shrimps need filters to survive in a tank, and ghost shrimp is no exception. 

They can only survive for a few hours without a filter. But, if you have live plants in your aquarium, ghost shrimps and other shrimp types can live in a tank for as long as the plants are alive and well.

Do Amano shrimp need a heater?

Amano shrimp are tropical water shrimps that are native to Taiwan and Japan. They require water temperature between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH level between 7.2 and 7.5. 

If you live in a tropical country, these shrimps will thrive well. But, if you live in a cold country, you have to provide a heater for your Amano shrimp. 

Consistently check for the water temperature to ensure that the water has the ideal temperature as Amano shrimps are sensitive to temperature fluctuations. 

However, Amano shrimps can survive in temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit as long as the temperature is steady. 

However, in low water temperatures, Amano shrimp will not molt so that you will get no babies from them. Amano shrimp need hot water conditions to reproduce.

Amano Shrimp need a filter

Can Amano shrimp live without an air pump?

Oxygen is vital for any aquatic life. Fish, shrimps, snails, and other marine animals breathe oxygen from water. 

When these creatures breathe oxygen from water, the dissolved oxygen of water decreases. In the wild, aquatic plants produce oxygen to dissolve in water. 

In fish tanks, we need to provide a source for the water to dissolve more oxygen when fish breathe. 

We use air pumps to improve water circulation, movement, and oxygenation within the fish tank. However, oxygenation automatically happens if you have installed a powerful filtration system. 

And also, powerheads provide enough oxygen to dissolve in water. If you have any of this equipment, you might not need an air pump for Amano shrimps.

However, installing an air pump in your shrimp tank is handy because Amano shrimps enjoy a well-circulated fish tank. The air bubbles also help pull off debris to the filter, making the tank clean. 

So, if you have a powerful filter and a powerhead, Amano shrimps can live without an air pump. If you have a heavily planted aquarium, your shrimp will thrive in it without any of this equipment.

What shrimp can live in a bowl without oxygen?

Any fish or shrimp can not live in a bowl or fish tank without oxygen. 

Oxygen is essential for the metabolic process of any living being. If you keep a shrimp in a bowl, the dissolved oxygen will decrease in days, and the shrimp will suffer and die. 

However, if you can provide oxygen by any means (like live plants, filtration system [electronic or DIY], or simply changing water), your shrimp can last longer in a bowl. Some shrimps that can fit into a 5-gallon bowl are,

  • Black Bee Shrimp
  • Ghost Shrimp
  • Blue Velvet Shrimp
  • Cherry Shrimp
  • Indian Whisker Shrimp
  • Panda Shrimp
  • Blue Bolt Shrimp
  • Babaulti Shrimp
  • Crystal Red Shrimp
  • Snowball Shrimp
  • Red Rili Shrimp

You can not put shrimp in a bowl smaller than 5 gallons. Shrimp can not survive for long in a small bowl.

Related questions

Can I keep shrimp in a fishbowl?

Shrimp need at least a 10-gallon tank to thrive. 

So, unless your fishbowl is 10 gallons or more ( which is highly unlikely), your shrimp can not live in a bowl. 

If you still keep your shrimp in a bowl, it will survive for a few days and then eventually die. Keeping a shrimp in a fishbowl is torture to the shrimp.

What kills Amano shrimp?

Amano shrimp are hardy shrimp species more than other aquarium shrimp species. They can tolerate a little more toxins than different shrimp types. 

But, no matter how hardy they are, they still are susceptible species to toxins. They can not tolerate high Ammonia, Nitrogen, and Nitrate levels and can not endure temperatures lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The TDS (Totally Dissolved Solids) level should be 100 to 400 ppm. Changes in these water conditions can cause Amano shrimps death because they are highly sensitive to water parameter changes. 

That is why many shrimp owners use RO (reverse osmosis) water for shrimp tanks.

Amano shrimps also catch up with some diseases. Some of these diseases can actually kill Amano shrimp, and for some diseases, there is no cure. Some common diseases that Amano shrimp are prone to are,


This is the most common disease that affects freshwater shrimp. Vorticella is a parasite that consists of 16 known species of protozoa, and it looks like a whitish fungus and grows over the shell of the shrimp, typically around the nose region. 

This parasite attaches itself to plants, driftwood, shrimps, other animals, etc. When attached, it feeds on bacteria and can cause death if left untreated.

Bacterial Infections

Bacterial infections are another common disease that occurs in Amano shrimps. As Amano shrimps are translucent, this disease is easy to spot. 

When Amano shrimp are infected with a bacterial infection, you can see dark, pink, or inflamed areas in your shrimp. Unfortunately, curing bacterial infections is super hard because these infections tend to kill your shrimp within just a few days.

Fungal Infections

Although it is rare, Amano shrimps can also get affected by fungal infections. These infections are called Mycosis in medical terms. 

If the condition is internal and the shrimp is weak, it can cause the shrimp to die. Unfortunately, internal fungal infections are hard to diagnose, and most fungal treatments are toxic to shrimps because they contain copper.

Parasitic Infections

Although most parasitic infections are harmless to the shrimp, some internal parasites can be deadly. If found any parasites in the shrimp, immediate treatment is necessary. Otherwise, the shrimp may die because of malnutrition.

Most of these diseases arise because of poor water conditions. If you keep ideal water conditions in your fish tank, your shrimp will be safe from these deadly diseases. 

Simply installing filters, air pumps, heaters and powerheads can suppress the risk of infections. Experts recommend one water change in at least two weeks of time to be safe.

Can shrimps survive out of water?

Shrimps breathe through their gills. So, water is vital for their survival. 

Freshwater shrimps are more finicky and difficult to care for. So, they can not live outside the water for more than a short period of time. 

On the other hand, saltwater shrimp is a bit more hardy and can survive longer than freshwater shrimp. However, much like crabs, shrimps can survive longer than fish as long as their gills stay wet. 

A little water will help them catch their breath for a while. Still, the consequences of lack of oxygen are unknown because almost all the shrimp kept under certain circumstances get cooked and eaten soon after the arrival of their destination.


Like any other shrimp type, Amano shrimps do need a filter to thrive in an aquarium. 

However, if your aquarium has a dense plantation, then the plants naturally do the filtration and oxygenation process. 

Therefore, Amano shrimps can thrive in planted aquariums without any filters or air pumps. Amano shrimp also need a minimum of 10-gallon tank to thrive. 

If you keep them in a smaller tank or bowl, your shrimp will eventually die.

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