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  • Dwarf Shrimp Pictures Added

    Cherry Shrimp Blue Pearl Shrimp 

    I have added 7 new pictures to the Dwarf Shrimp Pictures section of  I added 4 Cherry Shrimp  Pictures, 2 Tiger Shrimp Pictures and 1 Blue Blue Pearl Shrimp picture.

    Here are some samples:


    Cherry Shrimp 

     Cherry Shrimp 

    Blue Pearl Shrimp

    Blue Pearl Shrimp


    Tiger Shrimp

    Tiger Shrimp

    Helpful References
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    - Dwarf Shrimp Photography

  • Growing Pains

    This winter decided it was a good time to close the store and expand the operation.  We decided to upgrade to nearly 40 aquariums ranging in size from 2.5-gallons to 40-galllon breeder size tanks. 

    Of the 15 aquariums that are being added, 10 of them are going to have Aquasoil Amazonia II, and because of this the cycling time has been extended a bit. 

    Currently is actively breeding 10 verities of shrimp and studying a few others that are rarely bred in an aquarium. looks forward to late spring and being able to reopen the Dwarf Shrimp Store.  There should be about 4 species available then, and that number will surge as the summer sets in!


  • Dwarf Shrimp Glossary

    As a hobby continues to grow many terms are created and abbreviations are used.  It can become daunting for a new hobbyist to figure out what is being talked about or even written about. 

    To help with this I have started to write a Dwarf Shrimp Glossary.  If you have any terms or abbreviations that I have left off the list please feel free to leave a comment or send me out an email!

     Check out the list at

  • The many faces of Neocaridina heteropoda - Different types of Neocaridina heteropoda

    Different types of Neocaridina heteropoda:

    Selective breeding has shown its effects for many years in the tropical fish hobby, and now the dwarf shrimp hobby is starting to really reap its benefits.  The Tiger Shrimp (Caridina sp.) is bred in 3 color forms, wild type, blue, and even black.  The Neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis has been selectively bred from its wild color to include a white morph and a blue morph.  The most popular shrimp in the dwarf shrimp hobby, the Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda var. red) is no exception.

    The Neocaridina heteropoda is now being selectively bred to display its natural color patterns as well as 2 other color variations.

    Wild Type Neocaridina heteropoda:

    Neocaridina heteropoda
    There is the ever-popular Cherry Shrimp:

    Cherry Shrimp
    The newest of the group, the Yellow Shrimp:

    Yellow Shrimp
    With these examples it is exciting to think where they hobby is going.  There are many shrimp that are still unknown to the typical Dwarf Shrimp hobbyist and if only a fraction of those shrimp have the ability to be selectively bred from amazing colors like the Neocaridina heteropoda, the hobby is in for a quite exciting future.

  • Blue Shrimp - A Freshwater Dwarf Shrimp Myth?

    For many years a true breeding Blue Shrimp was a mythical creature in the freshwater dwarf shrimp hobby. There were often shrimp sold as Blue Shrimp that turned out to be nothing more than a wild colored Neocaridina heteropoda, and then there were the artificially colored (threw some type of food, or dying) Neocaridina spp. that would not pass the color onto their offspring. Well, times, they are a changing!

    With selective breeding there are currently 2 species of dwarf shrimp that are passing a true blue color on to their offspring. There is the Blue Pearl Shrimp (check out more pictures of this shrimp in our picture gallery) and the Blue Tiger Shrimp.


    The Blue Pearl Shrimp is the same species as the snowball shrimp, Neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis. The care requirements of this shrimp are nearly exact to the care requirements of the cherry shrimp (visit our cherry shrimp care page), although it can sometimes be a little more sensitive than the extremely durable Neocaridina heteropoda.

    The Blue Tiger Shrimp is a selectively bred color form of the common Tiger Shrimp, Caridina sp. “Tiger”. This shrimp is still fairly rare in the hobby and can cost quite a bit of money (up to $25.00 a shrimp). This shrimp has the same care requirements as the wild form of the Tiger Shrimp, softer slightly acidic water.

    So as more and more selectively bred color morphs come to the dwarf shrimp hobby, I for one am excited to see what is next!

  • Dwarf Shrimp Compatibility

    It has become quite common to receive emails and other forms of questions about the compatibility of dwarf shrimp species.  These questions are surprisingly difficult to answer because of the often-mislabeled species names of dwarf shrimp.  So what dwarf shrimp are compatible?

    The general rules when trying to figure out compatibility is are the shrimp the same Genus?  Most Neocaridina species of shrimp will interbreed and cause a hybrid, and quite a few Caridina species will hybridize with each other.

    Now comes the part where it becomes complicated.  There has not been a ton of scientific research that has shown what species will hybridize with each other.  And genetics in freshwater invertebrates are extremely complicated.  For 2 months has been conduction an experiment to determine the genetics behind only the color genes of Neocaridina heteropoda and even that is difficult to determine.  So it is understandable that the hybridization of dwarf shrimp is still a gray area. has created a Dwarf Shrimp Compatibility Chart that shows the compatibility of the more common shrimp in the hobby!  You can check it out at The Shrimp Farm.

  • To Snail or Not to Snail

    I am often asked if snails should be kept in the dwarf shrimp aquarium.  The short of the answer is yes!  I almost all of my shrimp tanks I have Red Ramshorn Snails and Malaysian Trumpet Snails.  And many of my aquariums also have the common pond snail that have found their way in and established a population.

    So why would you want snails in your dwarf shrimp aquarium?  Well, they are great scavengers.  They help keep the aquarium clean by devouring any uneaten food.  The snails that I mentioned will not eat baby shrimp and most times do not harm plants.  There are no down sides to these species, that is, if you don’t mind their appearance. 

    Some hobbyists are even selectively breeding the Red Ramshorn Snail for color.  They have bred bright red, pink, and even a gorgeous blue.  These snails tend to be quite expensive, but are easy to breed and a sustainable population will be reached quickly.

    So if you do not mind the appearance of snails in an aquarium, they are quite beneficial and I recommend them whole heartedly, as long as you pick shrimp safe species!

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