The two main freshwater invertebrates we have at Petco are shrimp and snails. Both of these animals are important components of your freshwater aquarium’s ecosystem, because they eat common types of algae, animal matter, and excess fish food. In other words, freshwater shrimp and snails are great for helping to keep your tank clean!
How to Care for Freshwater Invertebrates
Signs of healthy and happy invertebrates are: active movement, even coloring, and healthy appetites. Signs of unhealthy invertebrates may include spots on their body, or loss of coloring, appetite and energy. In addition to these signs, an unhealthy snail might retreat into their shell most of the time. While invertebrates are relatively low maintenance, you may need to supplement their diets with algae if the tank doesn’t have a sufficient amount.
Freshwater shrimp and snails should only share a tank with compatible freshwater fish. It’s best to avoid aggressive tank-mates to keep a stress-free environment. You should also ensure they have plenty of room to move around, as overcrowding is a common cause of stress for all freshwater animals. If you follow these directions along with regular cleanings and maintaining the water quality in your tank, your freshwater invertebrates can live happy lives.
Frequently Asked Questions about Freshwater Invertebrates