Some of the NICEST and REDDEST shrimp you can find!!
Scientific Name: Neocaridina davidi var. red
Other Scientific Names: Neocaridina heteropoda, Neocaridina denticulata sinensis
Common Name: Red Cherry Shrimp
Other Common Name: Cherry Shrimp, Cherry Red Shrimp, RCS
Breeding Rate: High
Skill Level: Beginner
Minimum Tank Size: 1 Gallon
Found in Wild: No
PH Range: 6.2 - 8.0
Ideal pH: 7.2
Red Cherry Shrimp History
The Red Cherry Shrimp is the red color variation of the wild Neocaridina heteropoda. This color variation was originally bred in Germany and started to appear in The United States in the late 1990's.
The Cherry Red 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, Red Cherry Shrimp should be happy and healthy. Want to know how to get even redder red shrimps?
This aquarium freshwater shrimp is an Omnivore. They are decent algae eaters, and 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.
Red Chery Shrimp Breeding
If a male and a female are present in a well cared for aquarium, the Cherry Shrimp will breed. Females are larger and much more colorful, males are smaller and display a clear coloration with red spots. When the female is mature she will often times display a saddle (as seen in the insert). The saddle is the eggs developing in the females ovaries.
Cherry Shrimp are 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. Red Cherry Shrimp will get along very well with any other type of dwarf shrimp that is non-aggressive. When the Red Cherry 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 containing Dwarf Shrimp.