Setting up your Shrimp Aquarium


Setting up a shrimp tank is easy. Whether you want to house Ghost Shrimp, Cherry Shrimp, Amano Shrimp or even Crystal Red Shrimp the process will be the same. Generally hobbyists wanting to start a shrimp tank have had some experience with fish aquariums. This is useful but not entirely necessary. We will approach setting up the shrimp tank in stages below covering the most important steps.

planted shrimp tank

Most species of aquatic shrimp are favored for their small size. Shrimp can be housed in aquariums as small as 5 gallons. However 10 gallons is more common and recommended. As with any aquarium more water volume will increase the stability which is very important when caring for shrimp. Shrimp can be more sensitive than fish to changes in water quality. Ghost Shrimp & Cherry Shrimp are hardier varieties and recommended for beginner shrimp enthusiasts.

Before setting up it is important ask a few questions that can go a long way. Is there a powerpoint nearby for electrical equipment? Is it close to a tap or bathroom for water changes? All-in-all make sure you think carefully about the placement of your new shrimp tank. It is extremely hazardous to move when filled with water.

Equipment Check List

  • Aquarium 10 Gal+
  • Aquarium Substrate
  • Aquarium Filter
  • Replacement filter media
  • Heater
  • Other decorations (such as fake or real plants)
  • Aquarium Water Test Kit
  • Shrimp food
  • Aquarium Vacuum
  • Fish Net
  • Aquarium Glass Scrubber
  • 5-gallon bucket

Choosing the Correct Hardware

Planted Shrimp Tank vs Non Planted

Cleaning and Placing Substrate

Filling up the Aquarium

Connecting Filter & Material



Adding the Shrimp to the Shrimp Tank