How to Care for Your New Orange Bee Shrimp

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 Orange Bee Shrimp Factoids

Origin

Marshes in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong

Temperature

Room temp fine
Size Just a smidge over an inch
Age  Not quite two years

Substrate

Immaterial.  Use a contrasting color.

Security

Likes to lurk in the vegetation

Foods

Eats algae but prefers fish food
Supplements Iodine helpful for a successful molt
Water Comes from brackish swamps.  Add a little salt.

Breeding

Reported as easy.  Starts at seven months.

Threats

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0.75-inch orange bee shrimp meeting a 0.75-inch scarlet badis.

Name:  "Orange" definitely applies.  Evidently, there are many small shrimps (usually algae-eating shrimps) that come from the same Asian marshes.  Perhaps the "bee" refers to their size -- about the size of a honey bee..  "Shrimp" always means small -- even in the case of "jumbo shrimp."  In the last decade of the prior millennium, we ordered a pack of "bumblebee shrimp."  With their black bars, they looked like mini-bumblebees.  They loved eating algae, as do all the bee shrimps.

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At 0.5-inches, You don't want to mix these orange bee shrimps with fish larger than three inches.

Temperature:  Most sources recommend 71 to 76F for all the orange bee shrimp.  Most homes fall within these parameters.  You will not need a heater.  Cooler temperatures just slow their activities.

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Since they only grow to a little over an inch, you won't find any large ones for sale.  Nice color.

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Here's six of them with a dime for another size comparison.

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Orange bee shrimp prefer to lurk in the leaves.

Shy Little Rascals:  Bee shrimps grow just a bit larger than an inch.  Orange bee shrimps (like ALL small critters) prefer to stay out of sight.  Even with a couple dozen in a 10-gallon tank, you probably won't see more than two or three.  They get down in the axils of larger plants or on the underside of the leaves.

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Longevity:  Since orange bee shrimp live less the two years, you'll be ahead to buy the smaller guys.  The bigger ones could be close to their expiration date.

Security:  For probably a variety of reasons, orange bee shrimp spend little time on the gravel.  They prefer to spend most of their time hunkered down in the vegetation.  The vegetation serves as security and an excellent place to explore in search of food -- algae and the tiny animacules that live within the algae and on the  leaves.

Scavengers:  Orange bee shrimps make excellent scavengers.  They grab those wee bits of flake food that fall to the bottom before your fish can snag them.

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Look for them near any patches of algae.

Algae Eaters:  Got a well planted tank that tends to grow algae?  Though not as famous foragers of algae as the Amano algae-eating shrimp (Shrimp, Algae), these little guys eat algae as well.  But since they're half the size of an Amano, they probably eat only half as much.

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Not all oranges are orange.

Color Variations:  There is some variation in the colors of "orange" bee shrimp.  This could be because they're collected from the wild where different species live and breed together.

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Water Conditions:  Since the orange bee shrimp comes from brackish marshes, you will want to add some salt to their water.  One teaspoon per gallon seems harmless to most tank mates and plants.  Iodine, found in most salt formulations, also appears necessary for them to molt successfully.

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Breeding most likely to occur in heavily planted tanks.

Breeding.  We have not bred these guys ourselves.  Several shrimp breeders report success.  Most of them consider them easy.  The main keys involve keeping them in well planted aquaria and feeding micro foods.  Most fish consider the baby bees an excellent live food.

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Even 0.5-inch scarlet badis will greedily devour baby bees.

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Several of these orange bee shrimp make short work of most algaes.

Last Words:  Good algae eaters and cute as a button makes orange bee shrimp an excellent tank mate in small community tanks.  LA

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Former algae-covered anubias after the visit from the orange bee shrimp.

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