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Blue Rili Shrimp

Neocaridina davidi var blue rili formerly Neocaridina heteropoda var. blue rili

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Blue Rili Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var rili formerly Neocaridina Heteropoda Var. Rili) are a beautiful newer addition to the freshwater shrimp hobby. Originally bred by Taiwan breeders around 2010, they have been kept and enjoyed by aquarium keepers everywhere ever since.

 

Like many other Neocaridina species, Rilis are relatively easy to keep and also to breed. They live for approximately 1 or 2 years and do well in temperatures between 67 - 78 degrees Fahrenheit. They prefer a PH of 6.5 t0 7.8.  Although they can be kept in a wider range of temps and PH levels, they are not as likely to breed when kept outside their comfort zones.  Blue Rili shrimp get to be between .8"-.9" in size.  As with any other freshwater invertebrate, it is important to keep their water clean.

 

Blue Rili shrimp are relatively easy to sex. Adult females will have a visible saddle and are typically more colorful while adult males have longer antennae and are typically smaller with less colorful markings.  When kept in favorable conditions, Rili shrimp are prolific breeders. The breeding and birthing process is the same as that of many other Neocardina like Red Cherry Shrimp. The female first becomes saddled and then after mating with a male she will carry her "berries" or eggs for about 28 or so days then giving birth to tiny baby shrimp.

 

The diet of a Rili shrimp is also much the same of most other shrimp. They are scavengers and will spend much of their time feeding off small bits of algae or dead plant matter. They enjoy foods such as algae wafers, flake food, or even things like frozen bloodworms. They are not picky.

 

These shrimp are a beautiful and interesting addition to your aquarium and quite easy to keep as well.



 

Size male/female: 0.8 inch / 1 inch
Water temperature:  64 - 82 °F
Water Parameters: pH 6.5 - 7.5

 

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