7 Of The Best Plants For A Shrimp Tank! (Beginner-Friendly)

Moss is the best plant for a shrimp tank as it provides aesthetic appeal and practical benefits.

Its ability to grow biofilm and algae makes it a perfect grazing spot for shrimp, while also offering plenty of hiding places for baby shrimp.

Additionally, Moss is easy to care for, thriving in low-light conditions and requiring minimal maintenance, making it ideal for both beginners and experienced aquarists.

My shrimp seem to enjoy some other plants in their tanks, which I cover in detail in my article below. I’ve summarized them all in the table below.

NameTypeGrowthCareLocation
MossMossMediumEasyHardscape
SüßwassertangFernSlowMediumHardscape
Bolbitis HeduelotiiRhizomeSlowEasyBackground
Limnophila SessilifloraStemVery FastEasyBackground
Amazon FrogbitFloaterMediumEasySurface
SalviniaFloaterMediumEasySurface
Rotala RotundifoliaStemFastEasyBackground
The Best Plants For A Shrimp Tank

Moss

Cherry Shrimp Eating Algae On Java Moss
Cherry Shrimp Eating Algae On Java Moss
Ease Of CareBeginner
Plant TypeMoss
OriginAsia
Growth rateMedium
Height Range1-4 Inch (3 – 10cm)
Light RequirementsLow
CO2 RequirementsOptional

Moss is the undisputed king of plants for shrimp keeping, thriving in every type of shrimp tank I have ever kept.

I’ve had great success using the following types of moss:

  • Java Moss
  • Christmas Moss
  • Taiwan Moss

Most people focus on Java moss because it’s cheap, easy to find, and easy to care for. However, I prefer the look of Christmas moss and tend to use it in my tanks these days.

I emphasize the meme “just add Moss” in my guide on setting up a planted cherry shrimp breeding tank because it really is that simple. Adding moss to my neocaridina shrimp tanks has consistently led to tiny little baby shrimp turning up within months and a rapid increase in population.

Another great advantage of moss is that biofilm and algae grow on it, providing an excellent grazing area for your shrimp.

A Yellow Neocaridina Shrimp On Moss

Süßwassertang

Süßwassertang
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Süßwassertang is another excellent plant for shrimp tanks, suitable for both neocaridina and caridina setups.

Many people mistake Süßwassertang for moss, liverwort, or algae, but it’s a type of fern that remains in its gametophyte stage, giving it its unique appearance and texture.

Süßwassertang grows slowly, allowing algae and biofilm to form providing grazing spots for your shrimp.

Once established, Süßwassertang can also provide hiding spots for your shrimp, but this will take a few months.

The plant is fragile and easy to damage, so avoid touching or moving it once it’s in your aquarium.

Bolbitis Heduelotii

Bolbitis Heduelotii
Bolbitis Heduelotii
Ease Of CareIntermediate
Plant TypeRhizomatous
OriginAfrica
Growth rateSlow
Height Range6-12 Inches (15-30cm)
Light RequirementsModerate
CO2 RequirementsModerate
Bolbitis Heduelotii

Bolbitis Heudelotii is an underrated and often overlooked plant, often considered moderately difficult to grow. However, I’ve never had any problems growing it in my tanks.

I don’t use CO2 injection and only use low to medium-powered lights, but my Bolbitis Heudelotii thrives.

This epiphyte plant attaches to hardscape in your tank and grows naturally.

I prefer to anchor my Bolbitis Heudelotii to the hardscape horizontally rather than vertically. This lets it catch more light, promoting biofilm and algae growth, and provides more surface area for my shrimp.

My shrimp love to use Bolbitis for grazing and you can see my cherry shrimp and Amano shrimp on it in my video clip below.

Cherry Shrimp On Bolbitis Heduelotii

Limnophila Sessiliflora

Limnophila Sessiliflora
Limnophila Sessiliflora
Ease Of CareBeginner
Plant TypeStem
OriginAsia
Growth rateHigh
Height Range6-12 Inch (15-30cm)
Light RequirementsLow
CO2 RequirementsOptional

Limnophila Sessiliflora is an often underrated yet easy-to-keep plant for the shrimp-keeping hobby.

Unlike Java Moss and Bolbitis Heudelotii, Limnophila Sessiliflora offers the significant advantage of a very high growth rate.

This rapid growth enables the plant to consume large amounts of ammonium and nitrate, helping to maintain safe water parameters in your tank.

Additionally, it absorbs excess phosphate and iron, reducing the chances of hair algae growth in your aquarium.

A Yellow Neocaridina Shrimp On Limnophila Sessiliflora

In the video clip above, one of my yellow Neocaridina shrimp is grazing on the biofilm growing on the Limnophila Sessiliflora.

This plant not only provides ample cover and hiding spots for shrimp but also provides grazing spots.

You can see some of my baby Neocaridina shrimp hiding on the Limnophila Sessiliflora below.

Yellow Neocaridina Shrimpletts Hiding In Limnophila Sessiliflora
Yellow Neocaridina Shrimpletts Hiding In Limnophila Sessiliflora

Amazon Frogbit

A Cherry Shrimp On Amazon Frogbit Roots

A Cherry Shrimp Grazing On Amazon Frogbit Roots
Ease Of CareBeginner
Plant TypeFloating
OriginSouth America
Growth rateMedium
Height Range1-2 Inch (3-5cm)
Light RequirementsLow
CO2 RequirementsOptional

Amazon Frogbit is my favorite floating plant for shrimp tanks due to its roots providing ample grazing space for shrimp.

The large surface area of the roots supports algae and biofilm growth, which increases the available food in the tank.

Amazon Frogbit also absorbs excess nitrogen compounds from the water, helping to maintain safe and stable water parameters for shrimp.

The large leaves of the plant reduce the light entering the tank, which keeps my shrimp calm and relaxed.

The video below shows one of my cherry shrimp grazing on the roots of the Amazon Frogbit.

Cherry Shrimp Grazing On Amazon Frogbit Roots

Salvinia

Adding My Salvinia
Salvinia

Salvinia is another excellent floating plant for shrimp tanks, and I use it in most of my aquariums.

Unlike Amazon Frogbit, Salvinia has shorter roots, making it easier to maintain since the roots don’t require weekly trimming.

While Amazon Frogbit provides superior grazing areas, Salvinia works well if you also have other plants like Java Moss and Limnophila Sessiliflora, ensuring ample grazing space for your shrimp.

The video clip below shows one of my shrimp grazing on the Salvinia in its tank.

A Shrimp Grazing On Salvinia

Rotala Rotundifolia

Rotala Orange Juice
Rotala

Rotala Rotundifolia is another excellent plant for shrimp tanks due to its fast growth rate, which helps maintain stable water parameters for your shrimp.

I have kept both Rotala Rotundifolia and the Rotala Orange Juice variant, and my shrimp seem to enjoy grazing on both.

However, I’ve noticed that the shrimp in all my tanks prefer grazing on Limnophila Sessiliflora over other stem plants like Rotala.

For some reason, there are always more shrimp on my Limnophila Sessiliflora compared to Rotala.

Still, as shown in my video clip below, my shrimp do like to graze on my Rotala, making it a nice addition to your shrimp tank for adding leaf and color variety to the background.

A Cherry Shrimp On My Rotala