Giant Fan Shrimp

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Common Name: Giant Fan Shrimp

Latin Name: Atya gabonensis

Latin Name Translation: The genus Atya refers to “goddess,” while “gabonensis” indicates its origin in Gabon.

Synonyms: None noted.

Distribution: The Giant Fan Shrimp is naturally found in the freshwater rivers and streams of Central and West Africa, specifically Gabon and neighbouring countries.

Max Size: The Giant Fan Shrimp can reach a maximum size of around 5-6 inches (12-15 cm).

Lifespan: Giant Fan Shrimp have an average lifespan of 2-3 years, although with proper care, they may live longer.

Temperature Range: The optimal temperature range for the Giant Fan Shrimp is between 75-82°F (24-28°C).

pH Range: Giant Fan Shrimp prefer slightly acidic to neutral water conditions, with a pH range of 6.5-7.5.

KH Range: A moderate carbonate hardness (KH) level of 4-8 dKH is suitable for the Giant Fan Shrimp.

Care Level: The care level for the Giant Fan Shrimp is considered moderate. They require specific water parameters and adequate filtration to thrive.

Lighting Preference: These shrimps do not have specific lighting preferences and can adapt to a range of light intensities.

Suitable for Planted Tanks: Yes, the Giant Fan Shrimp can be kept in planted tanks as long as the plants are compatible with their water parameters.

Preferred Food: The Giant Fan Shrimp is primarily a filter feeder and will consume microscopic organisms, algae, and detritus present in the water. Supplement their diet with sinking shrimp pellets or blanched vegetables like spinach or zucchini.

Behavior: Giant Fan Shrimp are generally peaceful and spend most of their time grazing on surfaces and filter feeding. They are known for their fascinating fan-shaped appendages that they use to filter particles from the water.

Discoverer: No specific discoverer noted for the Giant Fan Shrimp.

Interesting Facts:

  • The Giant Fan Shrimp gets its name from its unique and impressive fan-shaped appendages that it uses for feeding.
  • It is a highly efficient filter feeder, constantly filtering water for microscopic organisms.
  • This species can tolerate a wide range of water conditions but prefers clean, well-oxygenated water.
  • Giant Fan Shrimp are fascinating to observe in aquariums, especially when they display their feeding behaviour using their intricate fan-like structures.



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The Giant Fan Shrimp (Atya gabonensis) exhibits a visually captivating appearance. Its body boasts vibrant colours, featuring a striking combination of vivid reds, deep blues, and stunning yellows. With its elaborate fan-shaped tail, this shrimp is truly a sight to behold.

Natural Habitat:

In its natural habitat, this Shrimp thrives in lush aquatic environments. It prefers habitats adorned with dense vegetation, rocks, and driftwood, providing abundant hiding spots and creating a picturesque setting.

Keeping Giant Fan Shrimp Healthy:

Ensuring the health of these Shrimp requires moderate expertise. Maintaining optimal water conditions, including temperature, pH levels, and water quality, is crucial. Stable parameters are essential for the well-being of these shrimp.

Special Requirements and Feeding:

To meet their dietary needs, the Shrimps requires a varied diet. High-quality shrimp pellets, algae wafers, and protein-rich foods should be supplemented with fresh vegetables and occasional treats like brine shrimp or bloodworms.

How Many Should I Keep?

Keeping a group of Giant Fan Shrimp in a suitable-sized aquarium is recommended. A small group of five or more allows for a natural social dynamic and a visually captivating display.

Lighting Preference:

The Shrimp prefers moderate lighting levels in the aquarium, simulating their natural habitat and creating a comfortable environment for them.

Suitable Tank Mates:

Peaceful tank mates such as tetras, rasboras, dwarf shrimp, and small catfish are suitable companions. It is important to avoid housing them with large, aggressive fish that may view the shrimp as prey.

Breeding: (Atya gabonensis)

Breeding the Giant Fan Shrimp can be challenging but rewarding. Maintaining stable water conditions, providing hiding spots, and offering a varied diet are essential. A separate breeding tank may be necessary to protect the eggs and fry.

Sexual Dimorphism:

Sexual dimorphism is minimal. Observation of behaviour and potential egg-carrying by females is the most reliable method to determine their sex.


The average lifespan of the Giant Fan Shrimp ranges from 1 to 2 years, depending on the quality of care provided.


The Giant Fan Shrimp (Atya gabonensis) is native to the freshwater rivers and streams of Central and West Africa, specifically Gabon and neighboring countries. These regions provide the natural habitat for this fascinating shrimp species. While captive-bred and line-bred strains of the Giant Fan Shrimp are available in the aquarium trade, it is important to recognize and appreciate the origin of the species and the unique characteristics it possesses in its natural distribution.


With its mesmerizing appearance and unique characteristics, the Giant Fan Shrimp (Atya gabonensis) adds a captivating touch to any aquarium. By meeting their specific care requirements, aquarists can enjoy the beauty and charm of these remarkable creatures.

4 reviews for Giant Fan Shrimp

  1. Jeffrey POOL BEM (verified owner)

    ordered 3 arrived on time well packaged.
    ABYSS excellent service . Thank you

  2. Andrew

    Was unsure at first about getting fish deliverd but i gave it a try i recieved them they was all fine and i will definatly purchase again as i have had the fish over a month now and there all still alive and well

  3. Elicia Adams (verified owner)

    These giant fan shrimp are absolutely gorgeous! They arrived in really good condition and the packaging they came in was amazing, heat pack and double bagged in a big sturdy box. A lot of thought went in to packaging these fish, thank you abyss 😊

  4. Ray ward (verified owner)

    Had 2 of these delivered, great looking fan shrimp, settled in well. Intend to buy some more in the near future. Thanks Abyss Aquatics

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Dry Goods Delivery.

The store has provided information regarding their order dispatch and estimated delivery times. Here are the key details:

  1. Dispatch Timeframe: Orders placed before 2pm will be dispatched on the same day. Orders placed after 2pm will be dispatched on the next working day.
  2. Delivery Date and Time Guarantee: While the store aims to dispatch orders promptly, they cannot guarantee a specific delivery date and time. As the delivery process relies on couriers, there may be factors beyond their control that could affect the delivery timeframe.
  3. 1st Class Mail: For orders sent via 1st Class mail, the aim is to have them delivered on the next working day after dispatch.
  4. 2nd Class Mail: Orders sent via 2nd Class mail typically take approximately 2-3 working days for delivery after dispatch.
  5. APC Next Day Delivery: APC Next Day delivery is available for UK mainland postcodes. It is usually delivered on the next working day after dispatch. However, please note that items being delivered to more remote areas may require additional time for delivery.

It’s important to keep in mind that while the store strives to provide efficient delivery services, unforeseen circumstances or external factors could potentially impact delivery times. For further details or specific inquiries about delivery, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Livestock Delivery.

The store maintains specific policies regarding the delivery of livestock. Here are the key points:

  1. Licensed Livestock Courier: The store exclusively uses a licensed livestock courier for shipping fish and coral. This approach is chosen to ensure responsible and ethical transportation of the livestock.
  2. Livestock Shipping Fee: The livestock shipping fee charged to customers of £19.99 does not cover the true cost, and therefore, there is a minimum spend requirement of £30.00 before the option for livestock shipping becomes available.
  3. Pre-Arranged Delivery: The store never ships livestock without first arranging a suitable delivery day. Before dispatching the livestock, the store must confirm the agreed-upon delivery day with the customer.
  4. Saturday Delivery Confirmation: Customers who choose Saturday delivery must have their availability confirmed for the upcoming Saturday before the store sends out the livestock. This confirmation ensures that the livestock can be received promptly.
  5. Failure to wait for livestock: Not waiting for livestock, even if there is a reasonable delay, or cancelling an order after it has been dispatched will lead to you incurring charges for an emergency return to the base. Additionally, any losses of livestock will also be charged to you. Please be aware that the items you are ordering are living creatures – livestock. We kindly ask that you refrain from ordering livestock if you are unable to accommodate the possibility of a delayed delivery.

    These terms and conditions are a fundamental aspect of our policy. Our primary goal is to dissuade individuals who could react negatively to a delayed delivery and subsequently request order cancellations. It is of utmost importance to underscore that your order pertains to living creatures, not mere inanimate objects. In the event of an occasional delay, it is crucial that you respond in a rational and responsible manner, taking into account the welfare of the livestock. We kindly request that you refrain from placing an order for livestock if you tend to react strongly to such situations. By proceeding with the order of livestock, you indicate your acceptance and agreement to abide by these specified terms and conditions.

  6. Signature Requirement: Livestock deliveries require a signature upon receipt and cannot be left in a safe location. This precaution ensures proper handling and the well-being of the livestock.
  7. Geographic Restrictions: The courier has strict geographic restrictions for livestock deliveries. Unfortunately, deliveries to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands, and certain Scottish offshore postcodes may not be possible. Customers are encouraged to contact the store via email to confirm if livestock delivery is available in their area.
  8. Minimum Order Value and Order Cancellations: The store has a minimum order value of £30 for livestock shipping. Additionally, the store reserves the right to cancel orders that are deemed high-risk or involve a high number of single tropical freshwater fish species.

It is essential for customers to familiarize themselves with these policies before making a purchase. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or reach out to the store directly for clarification.

Livestock Geographical Exemptions.

The store has specific geographical exemptions for livestock deliveries. Here is a list of the areas and postcodes where livestock delivery is not available:

  1. Islands: Livestock cannot be delivered to the Shetlands, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man.
  2. Postcodes: Livestock delivery is not available to the following postcodes:
  • AB30 to AB39, AB41 to AB45, AB51 to AB56
  • DD8 to DD10
  • BT all
  • DG3 to DG9, DG12 to DG14
  • KA18 to KA19, KA26, KA29 to KA30
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  • KW15 to KW17
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  • FK17 to FK21
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  • KA26, to KA28
  • PA20 to PA38, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA61, PA76 to PA78
  • TR21, to TR25
  • PH3 to PH26, PH30 to PH44
  • IV all

Customers residing in these areas should be aware that livestock delivery is not available to their location.

We can ship livestock to the Isle of Wight, this area is subject to a surcharge.

For further information or specific inquiries about livestock delivery to a particular area, customers are advised to contact the store directly for clarification.


According to the store’s policy, customers have the right to cancel an order within 14 working days of receiving the goods. To initiate the cancellation, the goods must be returned to the store in new and unused condition, adhering to their Returns Policy.

Important points regarding the return process are as follows:

  1. Return Condition: The goods must be returned in new and unused condition, as originally received. It is important to ensure that the goods are in the same condition as when they were sent out.
  2. Return Timeframe: The goods must be received by the store within 21 days of notifying them about the cancellation. During this time, customers are responsible for any loss or damage that may occur during the return shipping process.
  3. Refund Process: Once the store receives the goods in new and unused condition, they will initiate the refund process. The purchase price will be refunded to the customer.
  4. Return Condition Inspection: If the returned goods arrive in a condition that is less than what they were sent out in, the store reserves the right to return the goods to the customer, and no refund will be processed.

It is essential for customers to carefully review the store’s Returns Policy and follow the specified procedures to ensure a smooth and successful return and refund process. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s return policy, the following guidelines should be followed for returning goods:

  1. Use Returns Form: Customers need to use the store’s provided returns form to initiate the return process. This form helps the store acknowledge that the goods are being sent back.
  2. Return for Testing: If the goods are being returned for testing, the customer is responsible for covering the return shipping expenses.
  3. Refund of Postage Fees: The store will only refund postage fees if the order arrives damaged or becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of purchase. Proof of posting is important, and customers should ensure the goods are well-packed and obtain proof of posting as the goods remain their responsibility until received by the store.
  4. Refund of Postage Costs for Replacement: If goods are being returned within 7 days of purchase under the Replacement Policy, the store can refund postage costs. However, the customer needs to agree on a delivery service with the store in advance, and only standard or tracked shipping fees will be refunded. The store cannot refund the cost of any special delivery service.
  5. Non-Refundable Postage: Postage costs for goods returned for any other reason than those mentioned above are non-refundable. The store reserves the right to deduct the original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Mistaken Purchases: If a customer has made a mistake in their purchase, they need to return the goods to the store. The customer is responsible for the return shipping costs in such cases.

It is important for customers to carefully follow the store’s return procedures and terms and conditions. For further details or specific inquiries, customers should refer to the store’s website or contact the store directly.


If customers receive faulty goods, the following guidelines apply according to the store’s policy:

  1. Notification of Faulty Goods: Customers must notify the store within 7 working days if they receive faulty goods. This notification should be made as soon as possible.
  2. Replacement Parts: If possible, the store will dispatch replacement parts for the faulty goods.
  3. Return of Goods: If replacement parts are not possible, the store may request customers to return the faulty goods in accordance with their Returns Policy. The specific return procedures and conditions should be followed.
  4. Verification of Damage: Once the store receives the returned goods, they will verify the damage. If the damage is confirmed, the store will supply the required replacements.
  5. Return Postage Costs: If the goods returned to the store are found to be in good working order, the store is not able to refund the return postage costs. Additionally, the store reserves the right to deduct their original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Consequential Loss or Damage: The store cannot take responsibility for any consequential loss or damage that arises directly or indirectly from the goods supplied.

Customers should carefully review and adhere to the store’s Returns Policy and procedures for returning faulty goods. For further clarification or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Manufacturer’s Guarantees

The store works in collaboration with manufacturers to ensure that their guarantees are honored, and they make their best efforts to resolve issues within the warranty period. The following guidelines apply to refunds and replacements:

  1. Postage Costs under Manufacturer’s Guarantee: Postage costs can only be refunded if the goods are returned to the store within 7 days of the original purchase, as per the manufacturer’s guarantee.
  2. Refund of Postage Costs for Faulty Goods: The store will refund postage costs for guarantee/warranty returns only if the product becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of receipt.
  3. Replacements with Manufacturer Authorization: Replacements, whether parts or goods, can only be offered when authorized by the manufacturer. Customers should contact the store for further guidance in such cases.
  4. Prior Approval for Returns: Goods should not be returned to the store without prior approval. Customers need to contact the store and obtain approval before returning any items.
  5. Replacement of Glass or Ceramic Items: Glass or ceramic items can only be replaced if the store is notified within 48 hours of receiving the delivery.
  6. Replacement of Glass Bulbs/Tubes: Glass bulbs or tubes can only be replaced if they become faulty within 14 days.

Customers should note and adhere to these guidelines to ensure a smooth and efficient resolution of any issues with their purchased items. For specific inquiries or further information, customers are advised to refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s policy, customers have the following responsibilities regarding breakages:

  1. Checking Goods on Arrival: It is the customer’s responsibility to thoroughly check the goods upon arrival for any damage. This should be done before signing for the parcel. If the parcel appears damaged, it is advised not to sign for it.
  2. Reporting Breakages: Any breakages or damages must be reported to the store within 48 hours of receiving the goods. It is important to promptly notify the store to initiate the resolution process.

By carefully inspecting the goods upon arrival and reporting any breakages within the specified timeframe, customers can ensure that appropriate actions are taken to address the issue. For specific instructions on reporting breakages or further information, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.