Scientific Name: Caridina cf. babaulti
Other Scientific Names: Caridina cf. babaulti var. Green
Common Name: Green Shrimp, Caridina Babaulti
Other Common Names: Caridina Babaulti Green
Origin: India, Malaysia
Found in the wild: No
|PH Range: 6.8 - 7.5
Temperature Range: 75 - 83 F
Hardness Range: 8 - 20 dkh
Life Span: 1 - 2 years
Gestation Period: 30 days
|Ideal pH: 7.2
Ideal Temperature: 78
Ideal Hardness: 12 dkh
Size: 0.5" - 1.5"
Green Shrimp History
The green shrimps were given the name "babaulti" by Mr. Guy Babault who collected a large amount of new species of birds, fish and reptiles throughout his explorationmissions worldwide. He collected some of these shrimps in the freshw ater rivers of India in the year 1914.
Green Shrimp Care
The Green Shrimp is an undemanding shrimp in its care requirements. They should be kept in a well established aquarium with no predators. The most important factor for water parameter is stability and as long as none of the water parameters are in the extremes Green Shrimp should be happy and healthy.
Green Shrimp Diet
The Green Shrimp is an Omnivore. They are decent for aquarium algae control. Being algae eaters, if sufficient algae is not present, foods intended for aquarium fish and invertebrates can be used to supplement their diet. Another great supplement is blanched (boiled until soft) vegetables
Green Shrimp Breeding
The green shrimp breeds quite easily and generally have quite a few eggs. The eggs are smaller then other Caridina such as the Red Cherry Shrimp, and therefore the babies are also smaller and harder to raise. Breeding should occur in wel run tanks, that have been cycling for some time. Although these shrimp breed in large numbers, they are not the easiest to breed!
Green Shrimp Behavior
Green Shrimps a very non-aggressive. They spend most of the day grazing on plants, gravel and any other tank decorations for algae and other types of foods. Green Shrimps will get along very will with any other type of dwarf shrimp that is non-aggressive. When the Green Shrimp is kept in an aquarium that has no predators they are very active and only hide after molting (shedding exoskeleton to enable growth).
As with all aquatic invertebrates it is important to make sure copper does not get into the aquarium. Copper is toxic to all Dwarf Shrimp. Many medications contain elevated levels of copper, so it is recommended not to medicate an aquarium with Dwarf Shrimp in it.