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Red Cherry Shrimp

Last Updated: 1/27/12

Article by Dan.
Edited by Robyn, 7/31/07.

Article Courtesy of: TheShrimpFarm.com
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Cherry red shrimp, (Neocaridina denticulata sinensis red var.) originated from Southern Asia and made their way into the American aquarium hobby in the early 2000's. They are one of the more popular and easiest to care for shrimp in the hobby. Cherry red shrimp are increasing in popularity because they have non-demanding water parameter requirements, are good algae eaters that require little supplemental feeding, and breed readily in the aquarium. Most home aquariums have water parameters that are acceptable to cherry red shrimp. The most important thing when caring for these shrimp is to have consistent water parameters. They accept a pH range of 6.5-8.0, a temperature range of 65-80 F, and water hardness is not important as long as it is not at either extreme. The biggest danger to cherry red shrimp in the aquarium is tank mates that might eat them. Almost any fish that can fit the shrimp in its mouth will eat it. Algae that is present in almost all home aquariums is plenty of food for most small to moderate sized populations of cherry red shrimp. If supplemental feeding is necessary, the shrimp are not picky at all. Blanched (boiled until soft) vegetables are a favorite of most algae eating shrimp. Zucchini and leafy vegetables such as lettuce and spinach are eagerly accepted. Prepared fish foods will also be accepted. Any food that will sink to the bottom will be eaten. Take care to make sure any food introduced to the aquarium does not contain copper; it is VERY toxic to aquarium invertebrates. Breeding occurs rather easily in the aquarium. As long as both a male and a female are present, and their simple needs are met, breeding will happen. Cherry red shrimp are easy to sex; females are larger and much more colorful, while males are smaller and often times clear with red spots. The female will carry fertilized eggs under her tail until they hatch. The baby shrimp are small versions of the parents and eat the same food. Any fish that can fit the baby shrimp in its mouth will eat them, so a separate tank is recommended to raise the young. Keeping cherry red shrimp in the aquarium is easy and rewarding. As long as their care requirements are met, they will live happy lives and display gorgeous colors. The average life span is about 1.5-2.5 years, and if babies are allowed to grow without predators, a population will grow rapidly.

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