Shrimps are small crustacean animals widely distributed worldwide in saltwater and freshwater environments. They are closely related to crabs and lobsters and have a hard exoskeleton and a segmented body.
Many shrimp species range from just a few millimeters to several inches long. They are popular among aquarium hobbyists due to their colorful appearance and ability to help keep the aquarium clean by consuming algae and detritus.
Some shrimp species can be sensitive to water quality and require good filtration and regular water changes to thrive. They are also an important commercial food source, with many species being harvested for human consumption.