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Malawa Shrimp




Common Name Malawa Shrimp
Scientific Name Caridina pareparensis parvidentata
Adult Size 2.5-3.0 CM or 1.0-1.2 inches
Water Temp 20°-26° C or 70°-80° F
pH Range 7.0-8.0 best in high pH
Water Hardness Soft-Hard best in Soft water
Fresh or Salt Water Freshwater
Larval Stage None. Young hatch as miniature versions of the adults
Difficulty Easy
Egg/Saddle Color Brown
Behavior Non-aggressive


General Information

The Malawa Shrimp are another Sulawesi species. Although they are not as colorful as most the other Sulawesi species they are easily bred and not nearly as fragile as most Sulawesi species I have dealt with. I have found that they like soft water with a higher pH. Mine are currently kept in water with a pH of 8.0 or so and TDS of less then 100. They do not interbreed with any shrimp I currently know of of in hobby.

Malawa Shrimp are very active and enjoy slowly swimming, almost hovering, through the water.


Malaya shrimp are highly variable in color. Both males and females can be shades of brown, red, blue, and yellow. The male's color looks about the same as the females, maybe a little lighter.


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