Freshwater Shrimp & Fish Compatibility Chart [Illustrated]

Freshwater Shrimp & Fish Compatibility Chart

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There are many different kinds of freshwater shrimp and all of them are not compatible with all kinds of fish. Depending on the nature of the shrimp they are compatible with different kinds of fish.

In this article, I have provided information and charts that would help you identify easily what kinds of shrimps are compatible with what kinds of fishes.

It is very important to know about the different kinds of freshwater shrimp and also with which fish they are compatible to breed them properly in a fish tank. If you place the shrimps with fishes they are not compatible with then either the shrimp would eat those fishes or the bigger fishes would eat those shrimp.

I would name some of the most famous freshwater shrimps in this article and also provide you with a compatibility chart so it becomes easy for you to identify which fishes can be tank mates and which are very dangerous to be placed together with the freshwater shrimp.

shrimp fish compatibility chart Freshwater Shrimp & Fish Compatibility Chart [Illustrated]
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Here’s a quick table for you to check what tank mates are compatible with shrimps in general:

Good Tank Mates Bad Tank Mates
Other shrimp speciesAny fish that are aggressive such as Barbs, Mollies, Serpea Tetra, Betta, etc.
Dwarf suckersCichlids
Small rasborasDiscus
Small TetrasAngelfish
SnailsFishes with a large mouth to gulp the shrimp in a single instance

Red Cherry Shrimp

Red Cherry Shrimp is a very common freshwater shrimp. They are not aggressive and they can be placed with almost all of the fishes that won’t eat them. Red Cherry Shrimp are very friendly by nature.

Crystal Red and Black Shrimp

These are very nice looking shrimps but one of the problems with them is that they are very sensitive to water change. 

They are compatible with most types of fishes. Nitrates are also very harmful to them. 

Tiger Shrimp

These kinds of shrimps are also sensitive to water change. They cannot tolerate more than 10 to 20 percent of water change. They are present in many different kinds of colors as well.

Pinto Shrimp

They are not seen much often as they are very expensive. They look amazing in the fish tank because if their colors. 

They are also extremely sensitive to water change like most other types of shrimps. They are also peaceful animals and can be placed with the majority of the fish in a tank.

Amano Shrimp

These shrimps are most commonly found in a fish tank for their algae-eating ability. Amino Shrimps are generally wild and hostile which makes them very difficult tank mates. Not many fishes can be placed together with Amano Shrimp.

Bamboo Shrimp

These shrimp are uniquely known for their amazing camouflage capabilities. They are not very hostile and cannot defend themselves against other hostile tank mates. 

They can hide very well even though they are not capable of defending themselves. It is good news that most of the fishes are ideal tank mates for Bamboo Shrimps.

Ghost Shrimp

Ghost Shrimp are mostly used as feeders and you can expect about one-third of them to die early. They are not easy to be eaten by other fishes because of their size. You might need additional shrimp pellets as they are voracious eaters.

Indian Whisker Shrimp

Indian Whiskey Shrimp are known to be aggressive though they are mostly paired with different kinds of betta fishes. They resemble Ghost Shrimp in many ways because of their looks and also their sizes.

Vampire Shrimp

You don’t need to be alarmed by the name of this shrimp. Vampire shrimps are very friendly creatures. One of the interesting facts about vampire shrimps is that they are about 3 inches on average, and yet they spend most of their time hiding from other kinds of fishes.

Caridina Babaulti

These shrimps are very peaceful and they can be easily frightened. They are very shy in nature. There are not many ideal tank mates for this type of shrimp. They can come in different colors as well.

Taibee Shrimp

They are not very popular and are a crossbreed between Taiwan Bee Shrimp and Tiger shrimp. They are mostly known for their unique look. They can be ideal tank mates for a lot of the fishes out there. 


They are sold usually at a very high price. It is a crossbreed between a Taiwan Bee shrimp and a Crystal Red or Crystal Black shrimp. I found while doing my research that many people hike the prices of these shrimps so it is better to do your research if you decide to buy these shrimps.


In my research I found that almost all the fishes would eat baby shrimps that are small in size and most of the mid-sized shrimps and adult shrimps are safe from fishes because of their sizes. Temperature and PH are also an issue for which you can’t place the shrimps with some of the fishes together.

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