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  • Grading Yellow Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. "Yellow")

    So, you're looking for a shrimp that can be kept in small tanks, can handle a wide range of water values, is easy to breed, won't mind a few beginner mistakes and brightens up your aquarium with its coloration.

    Sounds like an impossible task, right? Not for Neocaridina davidi var. "Yellow", also conveniently referred to as the yellow shrimp. This yellow "sibling" of the more common red cherry shrimp is the perfect choice for everyone looking for that combo of easy care and great color.

    Note: this article is about yellow shrimp grading and doesn't cover what you need to know about caring for these dwarf shrimp. If you need some more info, have a look at the full yellow shrimp caresheet instead!

    Grading yellow shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. "Yellow")

    If you've looked into buying a colony of yellow shrimp you'll most likely have noticed that not all of them are the same. Some are almost translucent with a hint of yellow, while others are entirely opaque with perfect lemon coloration. Why?

    Dwarf Neocaridina shrimp like yellow shrimp are selectively bred from brown-greyish wild shrimp into the variety of colors that's available today. With constant selection, a completely opaque color can be achieved. This is considered very desirable. Thus, more translucent yellow shrimp will fetch less money than opaque specimens. Opaque yellows aren't necessarily better or healthier; shrimp keepers just consider them nicer to look at. You don't have to buy high grade shrimp. Even if you're low on funds, you could always be patient and invest time to selectively breed your colony for less transparency yourself.

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    How to determine yellow shrimp grade

    So, we know that more opaque shrimp are more desirable than translucent ones. But how do you actually go about grading them? The guidelines and yellow shrimp grading chart should help you figure things out.

    • There are no definitions. Not really, anyway. Unlike the extremely popular red cherry shrimp, which has at least five different grades with respective names and guidelines (that you can find here), the grading system for yellow shrimp is still a little vague. The grades don't really have names yet, so we just divide shrimp in three different categories that we refer to as "high", "medium" and "low".
    • Opaqueness determines grade. A high grade yellow shrimp is entirely yellow without any transparent splotches. Even its legs won't show signs of white. A medium grade yellow shrimp is still nice and brightly colored, but there are a few translucent spots. Notably, the "underbelly" will be less intensely colored or splotchy and the legs might be more of a candy-cane pattern with yellow and white than 100% yellow. Lastly, low grade yellows are often more translucent than they are yellow. While there is still color, most of the shrimp is see-through, including the legs.
    • Hue can vary. If you've done some research you might have noticed that no two yellow shrimp colonies are exactly equal in color. This doesn't matter; grade is determined by opaqueness and not by hue. Some yellows are more neon, while others show hints of green or orange.
    • Back stripe. Neocaridina shrimp can be selectively bred to have a light-colored stripe run along the back (and some shrimp show it at random). Like hue, whether you find this desirable or not has more to do with personal preference than grade. These "golden backs" still adhere to normal grading rules.
    • Sex matters. As you likely know, female dwarf shrimp are larger and often more opaque in color than males (if you're not familiar with sex differences in shrimp this chart might be helpful). In high grades, both males and females are usually opaque in color, though this is not always the case. It's possible for a female to fall into a higher category than the less intensely colored male.
    yellow shrimp QUIZ TIME: Based on what you just learned, what is the grade of this yellow shrimp? You can find the answer at the bottom of this post.

    Buying yellow shrimp?

    Looking to start your own colony of yellow shrimp? With the help of this article you should be able to find your desired grade in the local aquarium store or online. The Shrimp Farm sells yellow shrimp and ships them right to your doorstep - you can get your starter colony of 10 shrimp here.

    Quiz answer: the shrimp in the photo is a medium grade yellow shrimp. Note the "candy-cane" legs that feature both yellow and translucent patches as well as the see-through spots on the body.

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  • Shrimp caresheet: Green shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. 'Green')

    Green shrimp taxonomy can be a little confusing: there are actually three types of green dwarf shrimp out there. This can lead to some mislabeling. Here, we will be discussing the easiest green dwarf shrimp to keep in the aquarium. This Neocaridina davidi variety features intense green coloration but is just as easy to care for as cherry shrimp, which are usually considered the ideal starter shrimp. Win-win!

    Keep reading for everything you need to know about green shrimp care and keeping green shrimp in your own aquarium.

    Scientific name: Neocaridina davidi var. "Green"

    Common names: Green shrimp, green jade shrimp

    Difficulty level: Easy

    Origin: Taiwan

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    Setting up a green shrimp aquarium

    Green shrimp requirements

    Care for green shrimp is pretty much the same as other Neocaridina davidi varieties. These shrimp are undemanding, easy to keep and perfect if you're just getting into the shrimp hobby.

    To start your green shrimp colony you'll need an aquarium of at least around 5 gallons. If you're an experienced aquarist you can also go a little smaller, but keep in mind that the smaller the tank, the more problematic any water quality issues will be. You'll need a filter to cycle the tank and keep it shrimp-safe. A heater is recommended if the ambient temperature tends to fluctuate. That's it!

    All shrimp need plenty of hides and decorations to feel safe. This doesn't have to be anything fancy: some tubes can be enough to provide your green shrimp with a sense of security. It's also a good idea to add plenty of live plants for them to hide in and forage on. If that sounds challenging, don't worry. There are plenty of easy plants out there.

    Green shrimp water quality

    Green shrimp aren't fussy about water quality and your tap water should usually be fine (as long as it's properly conditioned). Slightly acidic and soft water is preferred but the shrimp should be forgiving about somewhat harder water.

    All this doesn't mean you don't have to keep a close eye on your water quality, though. Despite their hardiness green shrimp are still very sensitive to ammonia, nitrites and, to a lesser degree, nitrates. This means your tank should always be fully cycled before you even consider adding any shrimp and you should do regular maintenance in the form of water changes.

    You can monitor your water quality using a liquid test kit. If anything is off, do a water change immediately and keep testing daily until you're sure everything is fine.

    pH: 6.8-7.5

    Temperature: 75-83 °F

    Hardness range: 8-20 dkh

    Total Dissolved Solids: 100-300

    Green shrimp tankmates

    When it comes to shrimp tankmates it all depends on your own preferences. If you don't mind losing a fry or two occasionally you can keep your green shrimp with carefully chosen fish tankmates. Peaceful fish that can't fit an adult shrimp into their mouth, like small schooling species, should work.

    If you're serious about breeding and possibly selling your green shrimp you won't want to risk losing any fry, which means all fish are out of the question. Stick to a single-species setup or maybe a  few inverts like small snails, Thai micro crabs and other dwarf shrimp species like Caridina cf. cantonensis.

    Green shrimp diet

    Green shrimp diet isn't complicated. These shrimp eat anything! You'll see them foraging all day, looking for biofilm, algae and scraps on any surface they can find. In addition to these natural food sources you should feed your green shrimp daily. There are many special shrimp foods out there that should work fine and you can even make your own food by blanching fresh veggies or drying some nettle leaves.

    Feed small amounts to prevent leftovers from fouling the water!

    Breeding green shrimp

    Green shrimp are a great option if you're just starting out with breeding shrimp. Unlike some other dwarf shrimp they breed very quickly; in fact, healthy females can almost always be seen carrying eggs. All you need to do to make sure these hatch successfully and the fry make it to adulthood is keep the water quality high and feed a variety of nutritious foods.

    Buying green shrimp

    Unfortunately, green shrimp aren't the most common Neocaridina davidi variety out there. You can try your local aquarium store but it's likely you'll only find more popular colors like red, yellow and (if you're lucky) blue. Luckily, though, it's not impossible to find these shrimp. You might be able to locate a fellow hobbyist selling them and you can also easily order them online from various sources. The Shrimp Farm sells green shrimp and ships them right to your home with live arrival guarantee! You can order your green shrimp online here.

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  • Shrimp caresheet: Orange rili shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. "Rili")

    By now most aquarists will probably have heard of red rili shrimp, which are loved for their fascinating mix of translucent patches and bright red coloration. But did you know there is also an orange rili shrimp? The perfect variety for anyone looking to add an intense pop of color to their tank!

    Keep reading for everything you need to know about orange rili shrimp and keeping orange rilis in your own aquarium.

    Scientific name: Neocaridina davidi var. "Rili"

    Common names: Orange rili shrimp

    Difficulty level: Easy

    Origin: Taiwan

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    Orange rili shrimp requirements

    Orange rili shrimp are a Neocaridina variety like the beginner's classic red cherry shrimp. Their care is similar to that of their red cherry cousins, which means they are equally easy to keep and a wonderful choice if you're just getting started.

    To keep orange rili shrimp succesfully, all you really need is an aquarium of at least 5 gallons, a filter, a heater (optional) and some decor and hides. Filter-wise, anything that isn't too powerful will work, but if you're not going for a sponge filter be sure to go for a filter guard. You don't want shrimp to get sucked in there! A heater can be used if the room temperature isn't stable; even though orange rili shrimp are quite sturdy, they don't respond well to sudden temperature swings.

    When it comes to decorations, some basic easy aquarium plants will work but you can go as crazy as you want to. Shrimp logs, driftwood, rocks, artificial plants - all will be appreciated and used to hide in and forage on.

    orange rili shrimp Photo by Soo Jin Park

    Orange rili shrimp water quality

    Orange rili shrimp are quite hardy, which means they can handle a relatively wide range of water values. That being said, though, they still should never be introduced in an uncycled aquarium. Ammonia and nitrite are toxic to all aquatic life including rili shrimp, so make sure your aquarium is fully cycled before you introduce any shrimp.

    Do regular (weekly) aquarium maintenance to keep your orange rili shrimp happy and healthy. Perform a water change to bring nitrate levels down and be sure to match the new water to the old before adding it back into the tank. Use a liquid test kit instead of test strips, which might not always be accurate. And always remember that stability is the key to succesful shrimp keeping!

    pH: 6.2-8.0

    Temperature: 65-85 °F

    GH: 4-8

    KH: 3-15

    Total Dissolved Solids: 150-200

    orange rili shrimp Photo by Kristin Rousseau

    Orange rili shrimp tankmates

    Like most other Neocaridina varieties, orange rili shrimp are prolific breeders. This means it's usually not too much of a disaster if the population takes a hit here and there and allows you to consider some tankmates for them. Do keep in mind that most fish unfortunately just have too much of an appetite for shrimp - only go for the tiniest and most peaceful ones, like microrasbora.

    If you want to minimize the risk of any shrimp or fry being snatched by hungry tankmates, avoid fish altogether. Peaceful invertebrates like nerite snails and Caridina shrimp such as the popular crystal red shrimp make better choices as they are 100% rili shrimp safe.

    Orange rili shrimp diet

    Like all dwarf shrimp, orange rilis are naturally omnivores that feed on biofilm, algae and any other organic matter they can find. In the aquarium biofilm grows on all surfaces but there usually isn't enough "gunk" in there to keep an entire colony of shrimp well-fed. You'll need to offer some extra food in the form of a high-quality staple as well as all kinds of snacks to add variety.

    Ebita breed is one of the many brands that works well as a staple. For variety, think out of the box: algae tabs and frozen foods are fine, but you can also consider more unusual homemade options like dried nettle leaves, blanched veggies or even unflavored/unsalted nori (dried seaweed).

    Breeding orange rili shrimp

    As with all Neocaridina shrimp, breeding orange rilis is not much of a challenge. This makes them a great option if you've never bred shrimp before: even beginners can pull this off easily enough. Just make sure your orange rili shrimp colony contains both males and females (females will be larger and more intensely colored). Keep the shrimp healthy, stress-free and well-fed and you should start seeing the females become saddled in no time.

    Once the eggs are moved to the swimmerettes (back legs) it will be about 30 days before they hatch into tiny baby shrimp. These can stay in the main tank with their parents and are able to fend for themselves from day one. That's it!

    Buying orange rili shrimp

    Although rili shrimp have been around in the shrimp hobby long enough to become relatively popular, many aquarium stores only carry the red variety. Orange rili shrimp (as well as carbon rili shrimp) might be a little harder to find. Luckily, many hobbyists keep and breed these shrimp and some online stores also sell (homebred) orange rilis. The Shrimp Farm sells orange rili shrimp and ships them right to your doorstep with live arrival guarantee - you can order your shrimp here!

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  • Shrimp caresheet: Black rose shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. "Black rose")

    Looking for a shrimp that's as easy to keep as a cherry shrimp and as jet black as the more fragile black king kong Caridina variety?

    Let us introduce you to: black rose shrimp. Easily one of the most spectacular Neocaridina davidi varieties, it makes a great choice for beginners who aren't ready for more difficult shrimp but still want something unusual.

    Keep reading for everything you need to know about keeping black rose shrimp in your own aquarium!

    Scientific name: Neocaridina davidi var. "Black rose"

    Common names: Black rose shrimp

    Difficulty level: Easy

    Origin: Taiwan

    Black rose shrimp requirements

    Black rose shrimp requirements are similar to those of other Neocaridina davidi varieties. To get started, you'll need an aquarium of at least 5 gallons, although more is better in most cases and lessens the chances of water quality issues. Cycle your tank so it's shrimp-safe; a sponge filter or any other type of filter with a filter guard works well for this. A heater is not a must but still recommended in most cases, because it keeps the water temperature stable even if room temperatures swing.

    Decor-wise, you can keep it simple or go all out as long as you provide at least some hiding places. Live plants work very well and will really be appreciated by your (baby) shrimp as hides and foraging spots. There are also plenty of shrimp tubes and caves on the market that provide shelter. Even something as simple as a moss ball can help your shrimp feel safe!

    Black rose shrimp water quality

    Even though black rose shrimp can be classed as one of the hardier dwarf shrimp varieties, they still require high water quality. Never introduce black rose shrimp into your tank if you're not sure whether it's completely cycled. Avoid any sudden swings in water values in temperature and keep nitrates low (<10 should be fine). Remember that stability is more important than getting the water values exactly right.

    You can keep your water quality high by performing regular aquarium maintenance. Do weekly water changes, test the water even when nothing seems wrong and remove anything that might cause issues immediately (leftover food, dead tankmates, etc.).

    pH: 6.2-8.0

    Temperature: 65-85 °F

    GH: 4-8

    KH: 3-15

    Total Dissolved Solids: 150-200

    Black rose shrimp tankmates

    Black rose shrimp are a good choice if you're interested in keeping your shrimp with some tankmates, as they breed relatively quickly. Do keep in mind that no fish is entirely shrimp safe, which means some fry can always end up disappearing. If that's not an issue to you, you can consider small and peaceful microfish species.

    Dedicated breeders usually prefer to keep their tanks free of fish and go invert only, dwarf shrimp only or even single species with their tanks. This helps prevent any stress, overcrowding or competition for food and thus helps guarantee the highest survival rates possible.

    Black rose shrimp diet

    Like most shrimp, black rose shrimp are bottom feeders that will happily consume almost anything. They have a particular love for biofilm, but because our aquariums are usually too 'clean' to contain enough of it you'll have to feed them a little extra.

    Use a high quality shrimp food and add some variation by letting algae grow on decorations/one of the aquarium panes, feeding blanched veggies, tossing in some leaf litter or offering one of the many other 'homemade shrimp foods' you can choose from.

    Breeding black rose shrimp

    Breeding black rose shrimp is similar to breeding the popular red cherry shrimp: very easy. Neocaridina davidi varieties are quite prolific and if you have breeding age shrimp of both sexes the females should be pregnant almost constantly.

    Since you can't really see their saddle, you won't know for sure whether a female is carrying eggs until they are fertilized and she moves them to her swimmerettes (back legs). She keeps them there for around 30 days, continuously supplying them with fresh water until they hatch into tiny baby shrimp. You can feed the babies using a powdered food but unless your aquarium is squeaky clean they should be able to find enough food on their own.

    If your black rose shrimp aren't breeding, be sure to check if you have both males (usually smaller) and females. Keep a close eye on your water values and make sure you're feeding a proper diet that contains plenty of calcium to prevent failed molts.

    Buying black rose shrimp

    This selectively bred variety of Neocaridina davidi is pretty new in the shrimp hobby and you won't be able to find them in many places yet. You can ask your local aquarium store whether they can order them for you, but if you want to know exactly where your shrimp come from it's a better idea to just buy online from a seller who breeds their own shrimp. The Shrimp Farm sells homebred black rose shrimp with live arrival guarantee; just click here to start your own colony.

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  • Which shrimp species are best for beginners? | 4 best starter shrimp

    If you're just getting into shrimp keeping it can be a little difficult to figure out which type to start with. There are so many species! So many colors, sizes and different requirements to choose from. Some are difficult to care for and some are super easy. Luckily, The Shrimp Farm can help.

    Keep reading to find out the 4 best starter shrimp!

    Red Cherry shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. Red)

    Red Cherry shrimp are probably the most popular dwarf shrimp among both beginners and more experienced shrimp keepers. And for good reason! This red Neocaridina variety is not too fussy about water values, very easy to breed and quite decorative. Colors can vary from a light pink to deep blood red and with smart selective breeding you can easily improve the intensity.

    Keep your Red Cherry shrimp in a fully cycled aquarium of at least around five gallons (19L). If you're interested in breeding your Cherries a single species setup with only shrimp is recommended. However, these shrimp also do well in peaceful community setups, as they breed very quickly and the occasional casualty won't damage the population at all. Provide your Red Cherries with plenty of hiding places, especially in community tanks, and feed a high quality shrimp food.

    You can find a full Red Cherry shrimp caresheet at The Shrimp Farm here.

    Amano shrimp (Caridina multidentata)

    Amano shrimp are named after the late famous aquascaper Takashi Amano, who first introduce them into the aquarium hobby on a large scale. Though colorless and not too exciting to look at, these shrimp are among the most popular because they are pretty hardy, have a huge appetite for algae and make a great cleaning crew. They are a little larger than dwarf shrimp but still entirely peaceful and a great addition to any peaceful community tank. The only downside is that they are almost impossible to breed in the home aquarium: they hatch as larvae which go through a brackish stage where they need a very specific amount of salt. After that, they need to be returned to fresh water at exactly the right time.

    Keep your Amano shrimp in a heated and cycled aquarium of at least around ten gallons (38L). As with all shrimp, provide plenty of hiding places in the form of plants, rocks and driftwood. If there is plenty of algae for the shrimp to eat you don't have to supplement their diet all that much but be sure to always have some shrimp food on hand in case the algae run out.

    You can find a full Amano shrimp caresheet at The Shrimp Farm here.

    Blue Dream shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. Blue)

    Blue Dream shrimp are a blue Neocaridina davidi variety: basically a blue version of Red Cherries. Their care requirements are the same, they don't need very specific water values and their striking color makes them a great eyecatcher in any shrimp tank. Like all shrimp they also make a good cleaning crew that keeps the aquarium tidy by eating leftover foods and algae. They can be combined with small, peaceful fish species (provided there are enough hiding places) but show themselves more and breed more readily in an invert-only setup with snails and other shrimp.

    There are plenty more Neocaridina davidi varieties out there, all of them easy to care for and a great breeding project for beginners. Go for Blue Velvets if you're looking for a lighter blue color or maybe a bright Yellow! Just don't combine these shrimp in one aquarium; they do interbreed and any offspring will feature a brownish wild color.

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    Ghost shrimp (Palaemonetes sp.)

    Ghost shrimp are often sold as cheap food for larger fish species but can also make an interesting permanent addition to the aquarium. They are on this list because they are incredibly hardy and can tolerate bad water values a lot better than most other shrimp. A great option if you're just getting started!

    'Ghost shrimp' is a collective name for various shrimp species in the Palaemonetes genus, so be sure to buy from a reputable seller to avoid ending up with a huge aggressive river prawn or brackish variety. The Shrimp Farm sells Palaemonetes paludosus, which doesn't grow too large and should work fine in most cases. Keep your ghost shrimp in a cycled aquarium of at least around 10 gallons. A peaceful community should work just fine (though keep in mind ghost shrimp can be slightly more aggressive than dwarf shrimp). Ghost shrimp larvae are tiny and very vulnerable, so if you're interested in breeding and don't want the young to end up being eaten a single-species setup might be the best idea.

  • Shrimp caresheet: Blue velvet shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. Blue)

    Neocaridina davidi var. Blue, also known as the blue velvet shrimp, is a dwarf shrimp variation appreciated for its bright blue color. It was bred from the same wild form as the more popular red cherry shrimp and its care requirements are mostly the same. It's easy to keep, easy to breed, fun to watch and a perfect (breeding) project for beginners and more experienced shrimp keepers.

    Keep reading for everything you need to know about blue velvet shrimp care and keeping blue velvet shrimp in your own aquarium!

    Scientific name: Neocaridina davidi var. Blue, formerly Neocaridina heteropoda var. Blue

    Common names: Blue velvet shrimp, blue cherry shrimp

    Difficulty level: Easy

    Origin: Taiwan

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    Setting up a blue velvet shrimp aquarium

    Blue velvet shrimp requirements

    Like their red cherry shrimp cousins blue velvet shrimp aren't demanding at all when it comes to housing. An aquarium of at least 5 gallons (19L) is a good place to start, although more is better, especially if you're a beginner. More experienced shrimp keepers might keep their blue velvets in smaller containers, like plant bowls, but if this is the case water quality should be closely monitored.

    As with all shrimp and aquariums in general, a blue velvet tank should always be filtered and cycled. Shrimp are very sensitive to ammonia and nitrites so these should always be kept at 0; nitrates should be low as well. If you're looking to breed your blue velvets be sure to use a sponge filter or at least a prefilter sponge, as the fry are very small and can easily be sucked into the filter.

    Use plenty of live plants and hides to help your shrimp feel safe. Fine-leaved plants like Java moss are especially appreciated and make a great place for fry to hide and forage. Tubes, caves and cholla wood can be used as hides for the shrimp to retreat to when it's time to molt.

    Blue velvet shrimp water quality

    Blue velvet shrimp are one of the less sensitive dwarf shrimp varieties, which is one of the reasons they work so well for beginners (or anyone looking for a more low-maintenance shrimp project). As discussed above the tank should always be fully cycled, but other than that this species isn't demanding at all. Keep things stable and test regularly with a liquid test kit to make sure all the water values are still where they should be.

    A heater usually isn't needed for blue velvet shrimp as they can survive a very wide range of temperatures. Room temperature works fine. Do consider adding a heater if the temperature is prone to fluctuating, as these shrimp are hardy but do need stable conditions.

    pH: 6.2-8

    Temperature: 65-85 °F

    GH: 4-8

    KH: 3-15

    Total Dissolved Solids: 150-250

    Blue velvet shrimp tankmates

    If you're looking to seriously breed your blue velvet shrimp, it's a good idea to stick to a single-species setup or limit tankmates to a few other inverts. Caridina shrimp that need similar water values, Thai micro crabs or snails might work well. Keep in mind that mixing different Neocaridina varieties isn't a good idea, as interbreeding will result in brown, wild-type colored offspring.

    Blue velvet shrimp can work in a community aquarium but even the most peaceful fish will snag the occasional fry. The breeding rate should usually be high enough to keep up with this; plenty of cover will also help. Stick to peaceful fish, as carnivorous species are often able to wipe out an entire shrimp colony in a few days.

    Blue velvet shrimp diet

    Dwarf shrimp like blue velvets are omnivores that thrive on a varied diet. You will constantly see them foraging and picking biofilm off any surface they can find, but don't forget to regularly supplement their diet. There are many high quality shrimp foods out there that work well as a staple. To add some extra variation you can offer frozen foods, algae tabs, tropical fish foods, blanched veggies, nettle leaves, you name it. Practically everything you can find they will eat!

    Breeding blue velvet shrimp

    Blue velvet shrimp are fast breeders and make a great first breeding project. Make sure you have a few males (smaller, less intense coloration) and a few females (larger, brighter blue), introduce them into the tank and they will take it from there. Keep your water quality high and offer a varied diet to keep the shrimp healthy.

    Females should soon start carrying bunches of yellow/green-ish eggs between their back legs (swimmerettes). These hatch into tiny new shrimp after around 30 days. The fry can be left in the main tank and will quickly start foraging and growing.

    As with most shrimp, some blue velvets are 'higher quality' than others. This doesn't mean they're healthier or better, they just have intenser coloration. Specimens that are almost translucent are graded lowest but can be selectively bred to eventually produce higher quality offspring.

    Buying blue velvet shrimp

    If you're looking to start your own blue velvet shrimp colony keep in mind that there are multiple blue shrimp varieties out there. There's blue velvets but also blue pearls, blue jellies, blue dreams, blue tigers, blue rilis... you catch my drift. While they are all blue they are not all the same. Local fish stores that don't specialize in shrimp might accidentally end up mislabeling them. If you don't mind taking a gamble that's not much of a problem, but if you want to be absolutely sure try to buy from a specialized (web) store or at least an experienced hobbyist. The Shrimp Farm sells high quality blue velvet shrimp and ships them right to your doorstep - just click here to order.

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  • Shrimp caresheet: Yellow shrimp | Neocaridina davidi var. Yellow

    Neocaridina davidi var. Yellow, commonly known as yellow shrimp, is one of the most popular shrimp varieties in the hobby. As the name suggests this shrimp is selectively bred for its super bright, eyecatching yellow color. It is unfussy about water values and breeds easily, which makes it a great option for anyone just starting out.

    Keep reading for everything you need to know about yellow shrimp care and keeping yellow shrimp in your own aquarium!

    Scientific name: Neocaridina davidi var. Yellow, formerly Neocaridina heteropoda var. Yellow

    Common names: Yellow shrimp, neon yellow shrimp

    Difficulty level: Easy

    Origin: Taiwan

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    Setting up a yellow shrimp aquarium

    Yellow shrimp requirements

    Yellow shrimp are one of the easier shrimp species to keep and don't have many specific requirements. No special soil types or fancy equipment needed! Like all dwarf shrimp they can be kept in aquariums of at least 5 gallons, although for beginners and anyone concerned about water quality it's always a good idea to go for a slightly larger setup.

    As with all shrimp the aquarium should be filtered and fully cycled before any livestock is introduced. Any filter should work well but keep in mind that baby shrimp are very small. Always use a prefilter sponge (or, alternatively, a sponge filter) to prevent them from disappearing into the intake. A heater isn't necessary as these shrimp can tolerate a very wide range of temperatures as long as things are stable.

    Shrimp are prey animals that don't feel safe in open spaces. so be sure to provide your yellow shrimp with plenty of hiding places. Don't worry about not ever seeing them: the safer the shrimp feel the more time they spend out in the open. Fine-leaved plants, shrimp tubes, rocks and driftwood all provide shelter and should work well. You can also add leaf litter to imitate their natural habitat and as an extra food source.

    Yellow shrimp water quality

    Like their cherry shrimp cousins, yellow shrimp are very adaptive and can survive in a wide range of water values and temperatures. As long as the water is conditioned, ammonia and nitrite are always at zero and nitrites aren't too high your tap water should usually be fine. Be sure to do regular water tests using a liquid test kit to make sure everything is still in order and perform regular water changes.

    pH: 6.2-8

    Temperature: 65-85 °F

    GH: 4-8

    KH: 3-15

    Total Dissolved Solids: 150-250

    Yellow shrimp tankmates

    Because yellow shrimp breed so quickly there are a little more options than usual when it comes to tankmates. Even if a few young are occasionally eaten new ones should appear quickly enough to sustain the population. If breeding isn't your primary goal you can keep these shrimp in peaceful community aquariums. Other shrimp/invertebrates and small schooling fish like pygmy Corydoras should pose little threat. You can even consider slightly more "aggressive" fish, like livebearers, as long as there are plenty of hiding places for young shrimp.

    If your main goal is breeding it's a good idea to stick to just shrimp and maybe a few peaceful snails. Be sure not to mix multiple Neocaridina shrimp species unless you know what you're doing; the color combinations look great at first but interbreeding will result in offspring with brown wild-type coloration.yellow shrimp

    Yellow shrimp diet

    Yellow shrimp are omnivores that thrive on a varied diet. They will love picking algae and aufwuchs off any surface they can find, but unless your tank is very algae ridden they do need regular feedings. Use a high-quality shrimp food as a staple and supplement it with algae tablets, frozen foods (mosquito larvae, bloodworms), fresh blanched veggies and sinking fish foods.

    Be sure to remove any uneaten food after a few hours as it can quickly start rotting and affecting water quality. Consider using a feeding dish to prevent the food from ending up all over the aquarium.

    Breeding yellow shrimp

    Breeding is definitely the most fun part of keeping yellow shrimp, as these Neocaridinas are among the easiest shrimp to breed. They're basically set and forget, which makes them a great choice for beginners or anyone looking for a breeding project that's not too effortful.

    To breed your yellow shrimp, introduce both males (smaller, less bright colors) and females (larger, bright coloration) into the aquarium. Keep the water quality high and provide plenty of food. Healthy females should soon start carrying little eggs between their back legs (swimmerettes), from which tiny copies of the parents hatch after around 30 days.

    If you're breeding yellow shrimp to sell, keep in mind that some are higher "quality" than others. The more intense a shrimp's coloration, the higher the grade it falls into. Higher grade shrimp with opaque, bright colors will fetch more money than translucent ones. This is just a color thing, though; yellower shrimp are not healthier or inherently better.

    neocaridina davidi var. yellow

    Buying yellow shrimp

    With the growing popularity of the shrimp hobby including Neocaridina varieties like this one, it shouldn't be too hard to find yellow shrimp. Your local aquarium store might sell them or you can try finding another hobbyist willing to sell or trade a few. If you don't want to leave the comfort of your home, you can buy high quality yellow shrimp at The Shrimp Farm here and have them shipped right to your doorstep!
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