Non Fish Aquarium Animals

When you’re filling up an aquarium, don’t stop with just fish. There are lots of beautiful aquatic pets that happy to live with fish. Bettas and planty are fun, but sometimes your tank just needs a little bit more. Take it to the next level with one of these beautiful aquatic pets that aren’t fish.

Here is the list of some best additional aquatic animals for your aquarium

Ghost Shrimp

  • Care Level:  Easy
  • Temperament: Peaceful 
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Water Conditions:   72-82°F 
  • Max.Size : 1.5” inches
  • Family: Palaemonidae
  • Lifespan: 1 year

Ghost shrimp, or glass shrimp, is a popular freshwater crustacean with fish keepers of all experience levels. Ghost shrimp easy to care, they are a great addition to a tropical community aquarium containing small, non-aggressive fish. Ghost shrimp are not for the sentimental, their life spans just one year, but this makes them much more affordable. They usually have two roles, as feeders to larger fish or as efficient tank cleaners.

Amano Shrimp

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: peaceful
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Water temperature  70-80°F 
  • Max.Size : Up to 2 inch 
  • Family: Atyidae
  • Lifespan: 2 to 3 Years

Amano Shrimp is a popular freshwater aquarium shrimp available in many stores today. Amano Shrimp may also be called: Caridina multidentata, Caridina japonica, Swamp Shrimp, Algae Eating Shrimp, Yamato Shrimp, Japonica Amano Shrimp, Yamato Numa Ebi, Japanese Marsh Shrimp, and Japanese Swamp Shrimp. An Amano Shrimp can be described as spirited inhabitants of a tank. They are great swimmers and are always on the lookout for food.

Red Cherry Shrimp

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: peaceful
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Water temperature  77-81°F
  • Max.Size : Up to 1.5 inch 
  • Family: Atyidae
  • Lifespan: 1 to 2 Years

The Red Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda) is also known as Cherry Shrimp or RCS, is a dwarf freshwater shrimp native to Taiwan. It is a freshwater Shrimp that is incredibly peaceful and renowned for its algae eating capabilities. Suitable for both beginners and experienced aquarists, it is one of the hardiest and easy to keep Shrimp available. They will add color into any tank which they are placed in and are very undemanding requiring very little upkeep.

Blue Tiger Shrimp

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: peaceful
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Water temperature  69-81°F
  • Max.Size : 2.5 – 3 cm (~1 – 1.2 inches) 
  • Family: Atyidae
  • Lifespan: 1 to 2 Years

Beyond their blue coloration, blue tiger shrimps can be identified with black stripes that run across their body laterally. For their vertical lateral stripes make them very similar to ordinary tiger shrimps. Like most freshwater shrimp, Blue Tiger shrimp are scavengers and omnivore. They will eat just about any food they manage to find. Therefore, in a well-established aquarium, your blue tigers will hunt find enough supply of food (algae and biofilm) by themselves.

Babaulti Shrimp

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: peaceful
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Water temperature  75-82°F
  • Max.Size : 2.5 – 4 cm (~1 – 1.5 inches) 
  • Family: Atyidae
  • Lifespan: 1 to 2 Years

Babaulti shrimp come in many varieties of colors and some striped varieties. All shrimp species are unique but Caridina cf. babaulti stands out even here. They have an extremely long and serrated rostrum. The top of their nose has noticeable little toothy appendages (like small dragons). They’re pretty easy to take care of and are more resilient to things being a little off-kilter. They love to eat dead plants and make a great addition to a planted tank.

Nerite Snail.

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: peaceful
  • Diet: Herbivore
  • Water Conditions: 70°F – 80°F
  • Max.Size : Up to 1 inch 
  • Family: Neritidae
  • Lifespan: 1-2 Years

Nerite snails are commonly kept in aquariums. Their name gives away their color, but most of them don't have a pattern on their shell. The black line of the coil stands out against the olive color and produces a simple but attractive look. They are one of the best options when trying to keep your tank clean, whether it’s freshwater or saltwater. Nerite snails spend most of their time moving around the tank, consuming any algae in their path. They are very easy to care for and have few demands once you’ve added them to your tank.

Golden Mystery Snails

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: Calm
  • Diet: Herbivore
  • Water temperature  68°F-84°F 
  • Max.Size : Up to 2 inch 
  • Family: Ampullariidae
  • Lifespan: 1 Year

Mystery snail is one of the most popular additions to freshwater tanks. These slow-moving, peaceful herbivores let you sit back whilst they do some of the cleanings for you. There are lots of other names for this snail including; golden mystery snail, mystery apple snail, spike topped apple snail and Pomacea australis. The correct scientific name, however, is Pomacea bridgesii. Because they are so common among aquarists, use the following general rule when purchasing snails for your tank. Take a few minutes to observe the group of snails at the store and pick the ones who are moving or attached to a surface; never buy a snail that has a cracked or damaged shell.

Ivory Snail

  • Care Level: Beginner
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Diet: Herbivore
  • Water temperature  68°F-84°F 
  • Max.Size : Up to 2 inch 
  • Family: Ampullariidae
  • Lifespan: 1 Year

Ivory Snail is an interesting additional freshwater aquarium snail to keep. Ivory Snail is becoming more popular, and is often readily available in pet stores these days. Ivory Snail shell color is off-white, smooth and creamy in texture. Its body and foot color are also off-white, with orange spots accenting the top of its head and mouth. This interesting creamy white and orange color combination can really stand out against lush green plants, black substrate or black background.

Black Devil Snails

  • Care Level: Beginner
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Water temperature  71°F-77°F 
  • Max.Size : Up to 3.5 inch 
  • Family: Pachychilidae
  • Lifespan: 3-5 Years

Black Devil Snail is also known as Faunus ater, black Faunus, lava snail. Black Devil Snail is definitely one of the more spectacular freshwater aquarium snails. Its common name ‘black devil snail’ is known from its black body. Its shell is also usually black, although there are also Faunus snails out there with even ‘gradient’ shells and brown shells (from black to orange to white).

Assassin Snails

  • Care Level: Beginner
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Diet: Carnivorous
  • Water temperature  70°F-80°F 
  • Max.Size : Up to 1 inch 
  • Family: Buccinidae
  • Lifespan: 2-3 Years
Snails for fish tank

Snails are quite popular for home aquariums nowadays. However, certain snail species can become pests if introduced without your say-so, for example as hitchhikers on plants t might not make the most sense to add snails when you want to clear them out, but assassins are carnivores and will snack on your pests until they’re eradicated. If you’re looking for some new tank mates to mix it up from just keeping fish, assassins are a great option.

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