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Atya gabonensi, also known as the Viper Shrimp, Giant African Filter Shrimp, or Gabon Shrimp, is a uniquely popular freshwater shrimp for the home aquarium. Their fascinating behavior, intense coloration, long life expectancy (up to 5 years under the right conditions!) and relative scarcity in the hobby make them a true showcase species.
Vampire Shrimp have a deeply furrowed, wrinkly carapace. Coloration varies from blue, gray, white after molting, and increasingly blacker as they age. Despite their somewhat "demonic" appearance, they are absolutely peaceful and harmless fan shrimp. Their front "claws" are actually long soft bristles which they fan open to filter feed, perched head-on into the current with fans outstretched.
- Scientific Name: Atya gabonensi
- Care Level: Easy
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Water Conditions: 75-84° F, KH 3-10, pH 6.5-7.5
- Max. Size: 6"
- Color Form: Blue
- Diet: Omnivore
- Origin: Africa
- Family: Atyoidea
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