General information – The red nose shrimp has a long bright red rostrum, which looks
almost like a nose. This nose makes it one of the more bizarre looking algae eating shrimp species.
The Red Nose Shrimp moves around in a unique way, it lets itself drift in the water flow with
the nose pointing towards the gravel.
Common Name - Red Nose Shrimp, Rhino Shrimp, Mosquito Shrimp, Pinocchio Shrimp
Scientific Name - Caridina gracilirostris
Family – Shrimps
Origin - India, South East Asia
Size – 2.5cm-3.5cmFirst discovered – Unknown
Nutrition – The Caridina gracilirostris or by its common name the Photo by: Gal Goshen
Red Nose Shrimp are scavengers and whilst they are consumers of algae.
In home aquarium the Red Nose Shrimp will accept fish food, shrimp wafers and catfish wafers.
Behavior – Peaceful. Not shy like other shrimps
Maintenance and care – This Shrimp prefers planted aquariums. Slightly soft water is preferred.
The Red Nose Shrimp is extremely sensitive to ammonia, nitrate and nitrite.
They should only be added to a cycled tank.
Water Parameters – Temperature: 72F-80F, PH: 7.5- 8.5
Breeding - To breed these shrimp, salt water conditions are required for their fry.In the wild, young larvae
require full strength saltwater to survive before metamorphosing into post-larvae and
returning to freshwater.