General information – The African Filter Shrimp or by its other
common name fan shrimp is a rare shrimp in the hobby but it is also
one of the most sought after shrimps, it is desired shrimp probably
due to its unique appearance and its specialized feeding behavior.
These shrimps use their specialized "fans" to capture micro-organisms
and other floating food items from the water. The African Filter Shrimp
can be found in multiple colors variants, Grey, black and white, they
became white after they have shed their skin.
Common Name - African Filter Shrimp, fan shrimp, giant African filter
shrimp, vampire shrimp
Scientific Name - Atya gabonensis
Family - Shrimps
Photo by: Eyals
Origin - West Africa and South America
Size - Up to 6 inches (15 cm)
First discovered - Unknown
Nutrition – The fan shrimp or the vampire shrimp filters floating food items from the water. They also can be
feed with Microworms, infusoria, baby brine shrimp, cyclops and other tiny frozen/live foods. According to
some reports the fan shrimp observed feeding on dead fish. Shrimp wafers can complete their diet.
Behavior - Non-aggressive
Maintenance and care - The African Filter Shrimp should be kept in community fish tank with small,
peaceful fish or in a shrimp tank, throughout the day, they usually seek refuge under stones and among
plants so a well planted tanks is essential.Sufficient current is essential for this shrimp otherwise it will
have a hard time to filters floating food items from the water. It’s a very good idea to use a current pump
or small wave box to keep the water in constant circulation.
Water Parameters - Temperature: 73F - 82F, PH: 6.5- 7.5
Breeding – Breeding should be taken in a well planted tank. The larva has several planktonic stages before
metamorphosing into miniature shrimp. They should be breed only in species tank with no fish; larva
requires brackish water to full strength saltwater.