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The Softer Side of Breeding Neocaridina heteropoda

 

During the expansion of TheShrimpFarm.com’s hatchery one of the less popular shrimp, but arguably one of the most important to the hobby, was not getting the attention it deserved. The breeding population of Neocaridina heteropoda was placed in a bare bottom aquarium with plenty of filtration. They were fed normally and water changes were performed as per usual, but the breeding came to a near stand still over the last few months! Why?

The water that comes out of the tap in my area is very hard with and has a natural pH of 7.9-8.1. Nearly every aquarium that TheShrimpFarm.com uses to raise shrimp has a substrate of Aqua Soil Amazonia, which brings the water hardness down as well as the pH. In all of the Neocaridina aquariums that has Aqua Soil Amazonia as the substrate the pH is maintained at around 7.0-7.2.After realizing the Neocaridina heteropoda had stop breeding I decided to get an aquarium ready for them using Aqua Soil Amazonia. After the aquarium was cycled and had some plants added, I moved the  Neocaridina heteropoda over to the new set up.

5 days later the berried female was observed. This seems to suggest that while Neocaridina heteropoda can be very adaptable to most waters, extremes should still be avoided.

Helpful References

- Neocaridina heteropoda

- Growing Pains

- Cycling Aqua Soil Amazonia