Caridina x 1 (Crystal Black)
1 x Crystal Black Shrimp (Grade: S-SS)
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- Shipping size: 7-10mm. Younger shrimp acclimatise easier to changes in water parameters than adults
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- Temperature: 18 – 25 °C (can NOT tolerate very high temperatures)
- pH: 5.5 – 7.0
- GH: 3 – 6
- KH: 1 – 2
to maintain the above parameters (pH; GH; KH) we STRONGLY suggest using active soil (Shrimp King, ADA Amazonia, etc) with RO water and remineralising salt
- Hardness: 100 – 200 ppm
- Max Size: Usually under 30 mm
- Min Recommended Tank Size: We recommend 2.5L / shrimp
The Crystal Black Shrimp is not too different from other algae eating shrimps. It is a scavenger and an algae eater- They eat anything from blanched spinach, zucchini, algae wafers, shrimp pellets, fish flakes, bloodworms, and more. Red Cherry Shrimp are not picky eaters whatsoever
Feeding is best done once a day. Only feed an amount of food that the shrimp can finish within 2-3 hours maximum. It is not good to feed in excess and have food sitting for too long.
Overfeeding is a known cause of death and can also cause water quality issues
The Crystal Shrimp prefers soft acidic water. Clean water is also a must as with all shrimp in the hobby. However, the Crystal Red Shrimp may be the most vulnerable shrimp when housed in dirty water. Water changes are a must for this species
It is very important that the Crystal Shrimp be housed in specific conditions. Extremes in either water parameters mentioned should be avoided. It cannot be stressed enough how delicate this shrimp is. As you approach higher grades of this species, water parameters become even more important.
Only add shrimp to a well established tank. This will minimize the risk of a fluctuation in water parameters as well as providing some biofilm and mulm. The mulm and biofilm will provide them with an excellent food source to graze on
Behaviour & Compatibility
Remember shrimps are quote low on the food chain, as such, they most likely to become a meal to any fish that can fit even only a part of them in their mouths.
Very few fish are considered 100% shrimp safe, only one that clearly jumps to mind is Otocinclus
Provided with enough cover, they will most likely still flourish in a planted aquaria with smaller sized fish (ember tetras, threadfin rainbows, pygmy corydoras, mosquito rasboras, etc)
Sexing the Crystal Shrimp can be difficult at juvenile stage. Once females reach adulthood you can then tell the difference between sexes, or at least which are females. Females are easy to identify as they are larger and also have a curved underbelly.
Due to their colouration / colour patern, the saddle of a female Crystal Shrimp may be virtually impossible to see
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