Scientific Name: Neocaridina heteropoda (var. Yellow).
Other Scientific Names: Neocaridina denticulata sinensis (var. Yellow)
Common Name: Yellow Shrimp
Other Common Names: Yellow Cherry Shrimp
Origin: East Asia
Found in the wild: No
|PH Range: 6.5 - 8.0
Temperature Range: 65 - 85
Hardness Range:3 - 15 dkh
Life Span: 1 - 2 years
Gestation Period: 30 days
|Ideal pH: 7.2
Ideal Temperature: 72
Ideal Hardness: 6 dkh
Size: 0.5" - 1.5"
Yellow Shrimp History
The Yellow Shrimp is a fairly recent color variation of the wild Neocaridina heteropoda. This color variation was originally bred in Germany and started to appear in the Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp hobby in the early 2000's.
Yellow Shrimp Care
The care of the Yellow Shrimp is exactly the same as the Red Cherry Shrimp. They are undemanding when it comes to water parameters, as long as extremes are avoided and the parameters are stably maintained.
Yellow Shrimp Diet
The Yellow Shrimp is an Omnivore. While the Yellow Shrimp is great for aquarium algae control, when kept in larger groups, supplemental feeding is often required. Foods intended for bottom feeding fish and aquatic invertebrates make great foods. Vegetables that have been thoroughly cleaned and boiled until they are soft are also great foods.
Yellow Shrimp Breeding
Breeding Yellow Shrimp in the home aquarium is rather easy. As long as there is a mature male and a female in a well established, well maintained aquarium, they will breed. The male Yellow Shrimp is smaller and a little less colorful, while the females are larger and display deeper more vivid colors. Mature adult female Yellow Shrimp will often display a saddle on their upper back (seen in insert). This saddle is the females eggs developing in her ovaries.
Yellow Shrimp Behavior
Yellow Shrimp are a very non-aggressive species of Dwarf Shrimp. The Yellow Shrimp is very active and will be often seen grazing for algae on plants, decorations and the substrate. They only become shy and hide after molting (when a shrimp sheds its exoskeleton in order to grow or breed).
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.