These Shrimp are 100% homebred in Chicago!
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.
These shrimp have been bred in our own personal aquariums, so they are well-adjusted to local Chicago tap water.
- 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)
Shrimp are scavengers that feed continually. They require little feeding in a well-established aquarium containing algae, biofilm, or decaying plant matter. They 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: You will likely receive un-sexed juvenile shrimp, instead of adult shrimp, as they generally ship and adapt to new environments better. 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. It's normal for male cherry shrimp to have less coloration than females. We may add an extra 1-2 shrimp in case of DOAs (Dead On Arrivals). Any extra shrimp given are not covered by our Live Arrival Guarantee Policy.