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A very attractive and highly sought after small freshwater shrimp, Blue Bolt Shrimp are an ideal invertebrate for nano tanks and thrive in planted tanks. Blue Bolt Shrimp are great scavengers that will help keep a tank clean of uneaten food.

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Please note: avoid the use of copper based treatments if invertebrates are present in the tank.


Features of Blue Bolt Shrimp:

  • Variable blue and pale colours across the body
  • Female shrimp typically are more colourful and much bigger than the males
  • The average lifespan is 1-2 years
  • Excellent scavengers
  • Grows to 2.3-3cm


Blue Bolt Shrimp : Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Blue Bolt Shrimp:

The recommended aquarium for a small group of Blue Bolt Shrimp should be least 30 litres. You’ll likely need much larger tanks if you’re planning on introducing some tank mates or aquarium plants. 

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Blue Bolt Shrimp Tank Mate Compatibility:

Blue Bolt Shrimp are a peaceful and non-aggressive invertebrate. They are happy in large or small groups with others of their kind. Avoid larger species of fish that will make a snack out of them.

Here’s a list of some of the best tank mates for your Blue Bolt Shrimp

Blue Bolt Shrimp Diet:

Blue Bolt Shrimp are not picky eaters. They are happy to eat most foods but are primarily algae eaters. Feed Blue Bolt Shrimp a diet of  like Dymax Shrimp Pellets, Hikari Shrimp Cuisine, Sera Shrimps Natural Sinking GranuletsHikari Algae Wafers. Blue Bolt Shrimp enjoy eating algae off the walls and surfaces in the tank. 

Blue Bolt Shrimp Tank Set-up

Aquarium Lighting for Blue Bolt Shrimp

Blue Bolt Shrimp don't require any specific lights, however their colour really pops under good lighting. If keeping live plants, ensure sufficient lighting for health plant growth.

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Aquarium Filter for Blue Bolt Shrimp

Blue Bolt Shrimp are very sensitive to ammonia and nitrite, so a good filtration system is very necessary to maintain a clean and healthy aquarium. They prefer a gentle flow rate as they can easily be pushed around if the flow rate is too high. Popular choices for shrimp tanks are sponge filters & hang on filters.

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Aquarium Heaters for Blue Bolt Shrimp

This species enjoys temperatures between 21 - 25° C. If you are unable to maintain this temperature naturally, use an aquarium heater. Aquarium heaters also stabilize water temperatures.  A thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.

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Aquatic Plants for Blue Bolt Shrimp

Blue Bolt Shrimp do best in tanks with plenty of live aquarium plant. Plants can provide cover and protection for molting shrimp and shrimplets.  Aquatic plants also grow biolfilm, a nutritious food source for shrimp that shrimp love to graze.

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Aquarium Decorations for Blue Bolt Shrimp

Artificial plants and aquarium ornaments are all suitable for shrimp tanks. They provide additional surface area for nutritious algae growth, protection, and surface area for beneficial bacteria growth for a healthy aquarium. 

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Aquarium Substrate for Blue Bolt Shrimp

Aquarium sand, and fine to moderately sized gravels are all good substrates for your shrimp tank. Aqua soil and nutrient rich substrates can also be used for planted aquariums.

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Additional Information

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