Freshwater Shrimp

Asked April 4, 2017, 7:57 PM EDT

I am trying to find some basic information on raising freshwater shrimp at home, not for commercial production. My wife and I have an aquaponic set up and have successfully have been raising tilapia in our system. We are currently growing a variety of lettuces and similar plants and are increasing our beds for next year. (We don't want to rush and need to improve and enlarge our greenhouse for another tank.) We were considering catfish until I came across an article about freshwater prawns (macrobrachium rosenbergil) but have not had any luck finding information on small scale for personal consumption setups. A lot of the articles I have seen touch on being able to grow freshwater prawns and shrimp on a small scale but don't expand. Can you help? Specifically if it is possible for a small scale backyard situation and if so any additional needs in the tank design and such as well as the prawn to gallon or sq ft ratio.

Thank you in advance for your help!
Amy Miller

Davidson County North Carolina

3 Responses

Most of your questions can be answered with materials listed on the following links. If you have additional questions, please call me, Mike Frinsko, NCSU Extension Area Aquaculture Agent, at 252.531.0556. Hope this helps.

Thank you so much! I had a quick read but will look ok at it fully this weekend. I appreciate your fast response and the offer of future support.

Very good… Again, give me a call if you have any further questions. Best regards