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Is Bacter AE worth it for your shrimp tank?

The GlasGarten Bacter AE is one of the more popular products for shrimp tanks. So, is this water additive worth it if you are keeping Crystal or Cherry Shrimps? You can find out in this review article from Aquarium Blueprints.

Packaging Size

Bacter AE can be purchased in a 35 oz container or a 70 oz container.

While these containers may look small, we found that the 35 oz version to be more than enough to feed our 20-galllon Cherry Shrimp aquarium. In fact, it is more likely that the powder will expire before we could use all of it.


The white powder of Bacter AE is made of the following components:

  • Amino acids
  • Polysaccarides
  • Xylanase
  • Glucanase
  • Amylase
  • Protease
  • Hemicellulase
  • Bacillus subtilis
  • Pediococcus acidilactici (Lactobacillus)

Dosing instructions

The amount of Bacter AE, as well as the frequency of dosage, depends on the size of your shrimp tank as well as many shrimps you have living inside it.

If you have a big and densely populated tank, then you can add more. If you have a smaller tank with less shrimps, then we you can add less of the additive.

How does Bacter AE work?

When mixed with water, the microorganisms from Bacter AE will become active. The white powder also features amino acids and enzymes that, along with the microorganisms, will quickly grow microfilm all over your shrimp tank.

Your shrimps should love munching on these films as these will provide plenty of protein to help your pet inverts grow healthily.


The main benefit of Bacter AE is that it provides a constant food source that your shrimps can feed off of in between meals.

This product can be crucial in improving the survival rates of baby shrimps as they don’t have to travel too long of a distance, or compete with bigger shrimps, for food.

Before using Bacter AE, we were having problems keeping our pet shrimps alive, getting them to reproduce and increasing the population of the colony.

After using this product, we have much better success when it comes to keeping a healthy and thriving Cherry Shrimp colony.


The biggest issue for Bacter AE is that an overdose of the white powder could end up killing many of your shrimps if you aren’t careful. As long as you follow the dosing instructions, however, then this shouldn’t be an issue.

It is also important to note that the powder will stay on top of the water column for quite some time.

Another potential issue you way run into is the air tight seal. Also this part of the package is great at keeping Bacter AE fresh, as it keeps the container completely air tight and prevent any containments from getting it, opening this seal will often make some of the powder come flying out.

Therefore, you should make sure that your face aren’t too close to the container when you take off the air tight seal.


If you are having problems keeping your shrimps alive and/or expanding your Shrimp colony, then we highly recommend using Bacter AE as it should provide a constant source of healthy protein.

If you are interested, you can purchase the product on Amazon with the following link: