Red Cherry Shrimp or Neocaridina heteropoda, also known simply as Cherry Shrimp, are native to Taiwan, but have been widely bred in captivity here in the U.S. and many other parts of the world. They're well known to be the hardiest of all freshwater dwarf shrimp and are very popular amongst beginner aquarists due to their ease of care. They are generally very easy to breed once they reach maturity, as long as they are kept in favorable tank conditions. We recommend that your aquarium is well-established and cycled before adding any shrimp, as shrimp can be very sensitive to high ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. We recommend frequent small water changes, rather than large water changes, as shrimp can be sensitive to drastic changes in parameters.
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These shrimp have been bred in our own personal aquariums, so they are well-adjusted to local Chicago tap water, which is generally on the harder side. (Our water's parameters are noted in the "Care" information section).
Shrimp are scavengers that feed continually. They require little feeding in a well-established aquarium containing algae, biofilm, or decaying plant matter. In less mature aquariums, high-quality dry foods with high plant content can be fed multiple times daily, such as algae wafers or shrimp specific food. They can also be fed blanched vegetables as well. They will thrive off of a well-balanced and well-varied diet with a good calcium and protein source as they need calcium to be able to grow their outer shell and protein is needed to help them produce their eggs when they reach full maturity. They also will thrive in heavily planted setups with lots of shelter and hiding spots. A heavily planted tank is definitely a must if you plan on keeping fish with the shrimp, to allow them to feel safe and secure, especially after a molt, and to allow their offspring to hide from any potential predators (your fish). Some fish may try to eat their young, or even the adults themselves, so please be cautious when adding them to a tank with fish. We find that they do best in shrimp and snail only tanks.
NOTE: The shrimp you will receive will unlikely be full-grown shrimp. Juvenile shrimp generally ship better and will be more likely to adapt to your tank's water better, hence why we only try to ship out juvenile shrimp instead of adults. They might not be as solid red in color as the shrimp shown in the picture, as they only reach their peak coloration when they are full-grown. You will receive 12 shrimp, as we add an extra 2 shrimp in case of DOAs (Dead On Arrivals). So the price you are paying is for 10 shrimp, and the 2 extra shrimp given are not covered by our DOA/Live Arrival Guarantee Policy.
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Red Cherry Neocardinia Shrimp
- Ph: 6.5-8.0 (Ours: 7.4)
- Gh: 7 to 15 (Ours: 7-8)
- Kh: 2 to 10 (Ours: 2-4)
- TDS: 180 to 400 (Ours: 200-250)
- Temp: 68F to 80F (Ours: 74-78)
- Tank Size: Minimum 2 Gallons (5 Shrimp per Gallon should be fine)
- Care Level: Easy
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Size: 1-1.5inches
- Diet: Omnivore
- Lifespan: 1-2 years
- Tank Set-Up: Freshwater, Heavily Planted
- Recommended Decor: Indian Almond Leaves, Cholla Wood or any other kind of wood, Moss (e.g. Christmas Moss, Java Moss)
- Tank Mates: Other Shrimp, Snails, and other invertebrates. They can be kept with small peaceful non-carnivorous community fish as well.