Malawa Shrimp (Caridina pareparensis parvidentata)

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Malawa Shrimp

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Malawa Shrimp

Caridina pareparensis parvidentata

19 Litres (5 US G.)

2-2.5 cm (0.8-1")




6.5 - 7.8

21.1-27.8°C (70 -82 °F)

2-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

3-5 years

Alternative names[edit]

Malawa Shrimp


They can be tricky to sex. Females with eggs will have a fuller belly.

Tank compatibility[edit]

These shrimp are not really compatible with any fish except for certain very small fish as long as you don't mind shrimp casualties. Make sure you screen your intake before putting these in or their offspring will get sucked into the filter. The best bet is to keep these in a tank by themselves or with any other Caridina or Neocaridina since the belief held right now is that these shrimp do not interbreed with other shrimp currently in the hobby. I have kept these in with Blue pearl shrimp, which is a Neocaridina with no problems of interbreeding and since the Malawa shrimp is usually an orange like colour it is easily distinguished from the other species in the tank. I feed these guys dried blanched zucchini and they seem to enjoy it because they all come to the surface and weigh down the zucchini until it falls to the bottom.


Blanched vegetables and sinking shrimp pellets, and anything else as long as it does not have copper sulphate in it.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed every other day or daily depending on what grazing opportunities are available.

Environment Specifics[edit]

I believe they are from the freshwater lakes of Sulawesi, which I believe is in Indonesia, but I could be wrong. These are about the most inexpensive Sulawesi shrimp one can buy currently.


These little guys are usually pretty mellow going from the java moss to the gravel searching for food. They race to blanched zuchini and run all over the tank trying to find it when I throw it in there.


Typically these guys are an rusty orange like colour, but they tend to have a chameleon effect like most other shrimp and can sometimes be paler in colour or darker.


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