Cherry shrimp are neat little creatures to have in a home aquarium. They are not very big, but they sure are feisty and filled with personality. They are truly an awesome animal to have in a home aquarium. Just like with other aquatic creatures, such as your fish, cherry shrimp love to have some plant life around and today we are covering our top 5.
In fact, plant life is virtually necessary to their health and happiness. You might not know which plants are best for them, but that is why we are here. Let’s talk about the best plants for cherry shrimp right now (this is our top pick).
|Java Moss||Our Top Pick||9.5/10|
|Java Fern||Easy to care for||8.6/10|
|Anubias Nana Petite||Already attached to driftwood||8.4/10|
|Water Wisteria||Good cover plant||8.2/10|
The 5 Best Plants For Cherry Shrimp
Now, let’s take a look at what we think are some of the best plants you can have in your aquarium for your cherry shrimp, so let’s get to it.
1. Java Moss
Java Moss is a great option for cherry shrimp for a number of different reasons. First of all, java moss is fairly low maintenance and really does not take much work or effort in order to keep alive. You can use some fishing line to anchor java moss down to a rock, driftwood, or to some decorations too.
Java moss is excellent for providing your tank with biofilm, it helps filter the water, and it provides oxygenation effects too. Java moss does not require high intensity lighting, it does not need too much CO2, and it does fine with minimal nutrients (we have covered a separate guide on growing it properly here).
The reason why cherry shrimp like java moss so much is because it is thick and dense. In other words, it provides them with a great hiding place from other shrimp and fish, especially for young cherry shrimp that are still in the process of maturing.
Java moss is also great for catching food which cherry shrimp can then scavenge. They also like to crawl along its surface. All in all, java moss is one of the best plants to go with for any cherry shrimp tank.
2. Exo Terra Water Plant
Now, to be perfectly clear, this is a fake plastic plant that is made to look like duckweed, but it is not a real life living plant. This is something that many would see as an advantage because it won’t die. It does not need nutrients, lighting, CO2, or anything else. This is a floating plastic plant that rests on top of the water’s surface.
This particular Exo Terra Water Plant is a good option to go with because it helps provide cherry shrimp with good cover from anything above, especially from really intense light. At the same time, the leaves here are big enough so that cherry shrimp can stand on them, something which they love to do. The fact that this plant will be fine in a place where real plants simply can’t grow is a big benefit, not to mention that cherry shrimp will still love it.
3. Java Fern
The java fern is another plant that is more than ideal for cherry shrimp. First off, java ferns are fairly easy to take care of. They are very hardy plants that can survive in various temperatures and water parameters. Yes, the water should be quite warm and a little acidic, but that is exactly what cherry shrimp need, so it is no big deal. Also, while java ferns do best with lots of light, CO2, and nutrients, they are not entirely necessary to its growth.
Java ferns can do pretty well in low light conditions. This plant also doe a fairly good job with water filtration, plus it can help oxygenate the water too. There is also the fact that java ferns look pretty nice too.
In terms of java ferns and cherry shrimp, the shrimp like them because they have big leaves which provide them with cover from anything above. At the same time, cherry shrimp love to explore and walk around on plants, something which they can do on java fern leaves.
Finally, the bottom of java ferns forms a cluster of stems, an area where food can accumulate. Cherry shrimp like to scavenge food, making the base of a java fern a good hangout for these little guys.
4. Anubias Nana Petite On Driftwood
This particular Anubias nana is a really cool option to go with. Anubias nana is a really easy plant to take care of in general. It does fine in both high and low light environments. Also, it can survive in a pretty broad temperature range. Furthermore, it does do better with the addition of some nutrients and CO2, but it is not totally necessary.
All in all, this is a slow growing plant that does not need to be trimmed much and really doesn’t require too much maintenance in general. However, just like other plants, the oxygenation and water purification it provides are both big benefits to any aquarium.
The reason we really like this particular Anubias nana is because it comes attached to a piece of driftwood. This means that you do not have to plant it yourself. You can simply place it wherever you see fit. This makes moving it easy too. Cherry shrimp will love Anubias nana, especially on this piece of driftwood, because it provides a good amount of cover from anything above.
At the same time, it makes for a good little exploration plant which the cherry shrimp can walk around on. Finally, the driftwood and the plant itself will collect food residue, thus making it an ideal place for cherry shrimp to scavenge food.
5. Water Wisteria
This fifth and final plant we want to talk about is yet another one that is more than ideal for cherry shrimp. This particular plant does not come with any roots, but when planted in a good substrate it will quickly grow a really strong root system.
One thing that needs to said is that water wisteria does need a fair amount of light, nutrients, and CO2. However, it is fairly hardy and can survive in varying conditions, but if you want it to grow fast and healthy, a good amount of light and nutrients is definitely needed.
Water wisteria is a good choice pretty much for the same reasons as the other plants we have talked about so far. It is a good place for old food to accumulate, which is great for cherry shrimp because they love to scavenge.
The fairly big leaves of water wisteria also make it a good option because cherry shrimp can walk around on it. Finally, those same leaves also provide cherry shrimp with some cover, something which they like on occasion.
Things To Keep In Mind When Buying Plants For Cherry Shrimp
There are a few general tips and hints that we can provide you with in terms of picking the best plants for cherry shrimp. Here are some things you should keep in mind.
- Cherry shrimp like to scavenge for food along the bottom of the tank, within wood, rocks, and caves, and will generally eat mostly anything they come across. Plants that allow for the buildup of food are great for cherry shrimp because they provide them with a feeding ground.
- Cherry shrimp love to walk around, explore, and rest on leaves. Providing them with plants that have a dense carpet or have big leaves are ideal because it allows cherry shrimp to walk around on them with ease.
- Cherry shrimp can be a little skittish, especially when other aquatic animals involved. This means that cherry shrimp do like to hide and take cover quite often. A plant that is good for cherry shrimp is one that allows them to hide within or under the vegetation.
At the end of the day, cherry shrimp are highly compatible with quite a few plants. All of the above choices make for the top contenders in terms of the best plants for cherry shrimp. Just remember to give these little shrimp some cover, a place to walk and rest on, and a good scavenging ground for food.