The diet of a freshwater shrimp depends on the species, as the different species have different feeding requirements. Generally, shrimp are scavengers and eat nearly anything.Know More
Shrimp that are in the Neocaridina or Carindina families typically need a greener diet of algae, frozen collard greens or kale and Spirulina tablets. The pearl shrimp lives among the substrate and needs a meatier diet, which is usually accomplished with tablets and flakes.
Some of the larger species of shrimp require greater meat sources, such as bloodworms and small feeder fish. Atya shrimp eat small particles of food that they find in the water, so they can be fed crushed flakes and enriched Artemia naupili.Learn More
Shrimp swim by pulling their abdomen in toward their body quickly, states the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The movement allows them to propel their body through the water, but because of their body's configuration, the motion causes them to swim backward. When done rapidly, it's also called lobstering.Full Answer >
Shrimp have been known to live from 1 year to as long as over 20 years in captivity. According to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the life cycle varies based on geography and the species of shrimp.Full Answer >
Like most crustaceans, shrimps are omnivores and consume both plant materials and small animals. They are not picky eaters and are considered as scavengers, ingesting anything that is small enough for them to eat, including decaying matter, mud, plankton, small fish and leftover food.Full Answer >
As of September 2014, the biggest shrimp ever caught was 18 inches long. It was caught in Florida waters near Fort Pierce by a fisherman named Steve Bargeron. Scientists identified the shrimp species as a mantis shrimp, which has bulging eyes that can move independently and can detect polarized light.Full Answer >