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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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  • Shrimp caresheet: Snowball shrimp (Neocaridina cf zhangjiajiensis var. White)

    If you like cherry shrimp but want something a little more exciting, snowball shrimp might be for you. Though just as easy to care for as their cherry cousins, they are white instead of red. A great eye catcher in any shrimp tank!

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

    Scientific name: Neocaridina cf zhangjiajiensis var. White

    Common names: Snowball shrimp, white pearl shrimp

    Difficulty level: Easy

    Origin: Taiwan

    Setting up a snowball shrimp aquarium

    Snowball shrimp requirements

    Setting up a snowball shrimp aquarium is not much of a challenge, which makes these Neocaridinas perfect for beginners. Ideally, get at least a 5 gallon (19L) aquarium; any smaller and water values might fluctuate too much. Other than that the only absolute must-have is a filter. It cycles the tank to make it shrimp-safe and removes any debris that might cloud water. If you're interested in breeding your snowball shrimp be sure to go for a sponge filter or something with an intake cover to prevent baby shrimp from being sucked in.

    A happy, stress-free shrimp shows nicer color and breeds more quickly, so be sure to add plenty of hiding places to your tank. Live plants and shrimp flats will be much much appreciated.

    Snowball shrimp can survive in a very wide range of temperatures, which means room temp should be just fine in most cases. If the temperature in the room the tank will be in is prone to fluctuating (due to open windows, for example) consider getting a heater to keep things stable.

    Snowball shrimp water quality

    One of the reasons many Neocaridina varieties (including snowball shrimp) are such a good choice for beginners is that they're not really picky about water values. They can survive in a wide range as long as the tank is fully cycled and ammonia and nitrites are always at zero. Worst case scenario, they can even handle a beginner mistake here and there. pH can be low to high, water can be hard to soft and any indoor temperature should work just fine.

    To keep your water quality in check, be sure to test regularly using a liquid test kit; test strips are less accurate and should be avoided where possible. Do weekly water changes to keep the nitrates in check but be sure to always match the temperature and pH and add the new water slowly.

    pH: 6.2-7.8

    Temperature: 65-85 °F

    GH: 3-7

    KH: 1-8

    Total Dissolved Solids: 75-150

    Snowball shrimp tankmates

    Because snowball shrimp are quite hardy and breed relatively quickly there are some options when it comes to tankmates if you don't mind losing a few fry here and there. A peaceful community tank should make a fine home for your snowball shrimp. If you want to be absolutely safe go for harmless fish like pygmy Corydoras or Kuhli loaches.

    As with all shrimp, if you're really serious about breeding your snowballs you're probably best off going for a single-species or at least an invert-only setup. That way your fry can't fall prey to hungry fish and the shrimp will feel safe enough to breed.

    snowball shrimp

    Snowball shrimp diet

    Snowball shrimp are omnivorous and will eat anything edible they come across. In aquariums with plenty of algae and other biofilm-covered surfaces you barely need to supplement their diet. Unfortunately most of our tanks are very 'clean', which means there is not enough food for the shrimp to survive off. In these situations you should feed a high quality shrimp food every day or so; you can also add some variety with fresh blanched veggies, frozen foods and even hand-picked foods like organic nettle leaves.

    Remove any uneaten foods within a few hours to prevent the water quality from deteriorating.

    Breeding snowball shrimp

    If you're looking for a shrimp that's easy to breed, this is definitely a good contender. As long as everything else is in order and water quality is high, female shrimp should pretty much always be carrying eggs. These hatch after 30-45 days into tiny copies of the adults. You don't have to separate these and special care is not needed: they will feed on biofilm until they're large enough to forage alongside the adults. Once they've colored up you can select the best ones with bright coloration to continue your line with. The more translucent offspring of 'lesser' quality can go in a separate tank or you can sell them at a reduced price.

    Keep in mind that there are many Neocaridina varieties that all interbreed. While keeping different colors together (snowballs and cherry shrimp, for example) makes for a real eyecatcher it will eventually result in brownish offspring.

    Buying snowball shrimp

    Snowball shrimp are not as popular as other Neocaridina varieties like red cherries or yellow shrimp yet, which means they can be a little difficult to find in your local aquarium store. Luckily there are plenty of hobbyists selling them online and you can also order them from reputable stores. The Shrimp Farm sells snowball shrimp here and ships them right to your doorstep with live arrival guarantee!

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  • Shrimp caresheet: Red Cherry shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda)

    Red Cherry shrimp are probably the most popular dwarf shrimp in the aquarium hobby. They are decorative, undemanding and breed easily: everything a (new) shrimp keeper could wish for.

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

    Scientific name: Neocaridina davidi 'Red'. Also sometimes still Neocaridina heteropoda var. 'Red' or Neocaridina denticulata sinensis

    Common names: Red Cherry shrimp, Cherry shrimp, Sakura shrimp, Fire shrimp

    Difficulty level: Easy

    Origin: Taiwan

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    Setting up a Red Cherry shrimp aquarium

    Red Cherry shrimp requirements

    As with all dwarf shrimp, a large aquarium is not needed to keep Red Cherries and a setup of at least 5 gallons (19L) should be more than enough to sustain a colony. Some aquarists choose to keep them in even smaller tanks, but these will be a lot more difficult to keep stable and are less suitable for beginners.

    All aquariums, including Red Cherry shrimp tanks, should be filtered and cycled. A sponge filter or a regular filter with a pre-filter sponge is recommended for when keeping dwarf shrimp, as their fry are very small and can easily get sucked up by powerful filters. A heater is usually not a necessity if the setup is located in a heated room, although you can choose to go for one if you want to make sure the temperature remains stable.

    All shrimp will feel safest (and thus display bright coloration and behave naturally) when plenty of hiding places are present in their aquarium. This can be anything from live plants to special shrimp tubes.

    Fire Red cherry shrimp

    Red Cherry shrimp water quality

    As mentioned earlier Red Cherry shrimp, especially the lower and less heavily selectively bred grades, are not too demanding when it comes to water quality and will do well in a wide range of water parameters. Just be sure to never introduce them into an uncycled tank, as they are very sensitive to ammonia and nitrites, and keep water values as stable as possible.

    Water quality can be tested using a liquid test kit; test regularly to make sure everything is still in order. Be sure to do regular water changes to keep nitrates in check.

    pH: 6.2-8.0

    Temperature: 65-85 °F (18-29.5 °C)

    gH: 4-8

    kH: 3-15

    TDS (Total Dissolved Solids): 150-250

    Red Cherry shrimp tankmates

    Red Cherry shrimp, like other dwarf shrimp, are very peaceful and vulnerable. They will never harm any tankmates but will easily fall prey to hungry fish. If you keep higher and more expensive grades it might be a good idea to set up a single species aquarium, though peaceful inverts like other shrimp and small snails are always a possibility.

    Aquarists who keep lower grade Red Cherry shrimp and don't mind losing some of their stock can keep them with some peaceful tankmates. The shrimp should usually breed quickly enough to sustain the population despite regular casualties provided there are enough hiding places.

    Red Cherry shrimp diet

    In the wild, the Red Cherry shrimp's ancestor will eat anything it can find; its diet consists mostly of algae and aufwuchs. In the aquarium Red Cherries will also feed on algae and the tiny organisms living in plants and other organic material, but their diet will usually have to be supplemented. A high-quality shrimp food can be used as a staple. They will also accept blanched vegetables, frozen foods and all kinds of sinking fish foods.

    More information about Red Cherry shrimp diet and what to feed your Red Cherries can be found here.

    Breeding Red Cherry shrimp

    Breeding Red Cherry shrimp is not considered difficult at all, which makes them a great option for beginners looking to try their hand at shrimp breeding. As long as water parameters are in order the shrimp will reproduce readily, with females carrying eggs pretty much all the time.

    More information about breeding Red Cherry shrimp can be found here.

    Red Cherry shrimp grading

    Red Cherry shrimp were selectively bred from shrimp with a brownish color. Breeders are always working to produce shrimp with even an even more intense reds, which has lead to a number of different grades being established in order to be able to assess a shrimp's "quality". The more opaque and intense the red coloration, the higher the grade the shrimp will fall into.

    A full article about the different Red Cherry shrimp grades with a handy grading chart can be found here.

    Buying Red Cherry shrimp

    You should be able find Red Cherry shrimp in most aquarium stores, although quality can vary.

    The Shrimp Farm sells both low grade and high grade Red Cherry shrimp - delivered right to your doorstep with guaranteed live arrival.

  • Grading Red Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda)

    Grading Red Cherry Shrimp

    Their easy care and decorative red coloration have made Red Cherry shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda) one of the most popular dwarf shrimp species in the hobby today. Aquarists looking to get into Red Cherry shrimp keeping and breeding might be surprised to learn that there is not just one type of Red Cherry: various intensities of red are graded, priced and named differently. Continue reading

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