Neocaridina x 5 (Variety)
1 “portion” = 5 x Shrimp from our “Smartie Tank”
- Photo is of ACTUAL STOCK in our “Smartie Tank“
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- We are trying to create extreme lines, so will more often than not only keep a single shrimp out of a new hatchling batch for our breeders, to create a more intense colour variation.
- The rest, goes into our “Smartie Tank” – shrimp bought from this tank will be caught at randon and your purchase may include Red cherries, FireReds, Yellow, Pumpkin, Blue Jelly, Chocolate and Blue Dreams
- Temperature: 18 – 28 °C
- pH: 6.5 – 8.0
- Hardness: 80 – 200 ppm
- Max Size: Usually under 25 mm
- Min Recommended Tank Size: We recommend 2.5L / shrimp
Scavengers – 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
Wild Neocaridina shrimp mostly originate from South-East Asia, living in streams and ponds, usually with plenty of plants and often with wood and rocks as natural substrate. Many species in the hobby, however, have been captive bred and, in some cases, the original wild species is debated.
Due to their small size and bioload, big water changes are not needed and should actually be avoided as shrimp are sensitive to changes in water parameters.
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)
Females are easy to identify as they are larger than the males, have a much darker coloration, and also have a curved underbelly.
Females will also have a saddle or even have eggs
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