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Red Cherry Shrimp

Red Cherry Shrimp

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Red Neocaridina Shrimp, also known as Red Cherry Shrimp (scientific name: Neocaridina davidi var. "Red"), are popular and vibrant freshwater shrimp that have become a favorite among shrimp enthusiasts and aquarists. These shrimp are highly valued for their bright red coloration, ease of care, and their ability to thrive in a wide range of aquarium setups. Here is a detailed description of Red Neocaridina Shrimp and their care requirements:

1. Appearance: Red Neocaridina Shrimp have a striking red coloration, ranging from deep ruby red to vibrant cherry red. They have a small and elongated body with a curved back. Their rostrum (nose area) is pointed, and they have two pairs of antennae. These shrimp typically reach a size of about 1-1.5 inches (2.5-3.8 cm).

2. Tank size and setup: Red Neocaridina Shrimp can be kept in relatively small aquariums. A tank size of at least 5 gallons is recommended for a small group of shrimp. However, larger tanks offer more stable water parameters. Provide plenty of hiding places using live plants, mosses, and decorations, along with open areas for foraging.

3. Water conditions: Red Neocaridina Shrimp are adaptable to a wide range of water conditions. They prefer slightly alkaline to slightly acidic water with a pH level between 6.5-7.5. The temperature should be kept around 72-78°F (22-26°C). It is crucial to maintain stable water parameters and avoid rapid fluctuations.

4. Water quality: Good water quality is essential for the health and well-being of Red Neocaridina Shrimp. Perform regular water changes of about 10-20% every week to maintain water cleanliness and stability. Use a reliable filtration system, but ensure that the water flow is gentle to prevent harm to the shrimp.

5. Substrate and decor: Use a fine gravel or sand substrate in the aquarium to provide a suitable environment for the shrimp to explore and forage. Live plants, mosses, and driftwood not only add aesthetic value but also provide hiding places and surfaces for biofilm growth, which is an essential food source for the shrimp.

6. Feeding: Red Neocaridina Shrimp are primarily scavengers and will consume various types of food. They enjoy a diet that includes high-quality shrimp pellets, flakes, and granules. Supplement their diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, zucchini, or cucumber. Offer them small amounts of food daily to prevent overfeeding.

7. Tankmates: Red Neocaridina Shrimp are peaceful and can be kept in a community aquarium with other non-aggressive fish and invertebrates. Ensure that tankmates do not pose a threat to the shrimp, as some fish species may view them as food. Suitable tankmates include small tetras, rasboras, dwarf gouramis, and peaceful snails.

8. Breeding: Red Neocaridina Shrimp are prolific breeders under favorable conditions. They breed readily in freshwater aquariums. Provide them with a well-established and mature tank with ample hiding places, mosses, and plants. The female shrimp will carry eggs under her abdomen until they hatch into miniature shrimplets.

Maintaining stable water conditions, providing proper diet, and ensuring a suitable environment are key to successfully keeping Red Neocaridina Shrimp. With their vibrant coloration and ease of care, these shrimp can be a delightful addition to a well-maintained aquarium, bringing life and activity to your aquatic ecosystem.

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