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Cherry Shrimp

Neocaridina davidi var red formerly Neocaridina heteropoda var. red

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Cherry shrimp are likely the most popular shrimp in the hobby.  They are known for being great beginner shrimp for those who have not kept shrimp before, and also an enjoyable shrimp for experienced shrimp keepers.

 

Like many other Neocaridina species, Red Cherry Shrimp are relatively easy to keep and also to breed. They live for approximately 1 or 2 years and do well in temperatures between 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit. They prefer a PH of 6.5-8.  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.  Yellow Shrimp get to be around 1" in size when fully grown.  As with any other freshwater invertebrate, it is important to keep their water clean.

 

Red Cherry 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, Red Cherry Shrimp are prolific breeders. The breeding and birthing process is the same as that of many other Neocaridina. 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 Red Cherry 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.

 

 


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