Common names: Red Cherry Shrimp
Scientific name: Neocaridina Heteropoda var.
Average Adult Size: 1inch / 2-3cm
Place of origin: Taiwan
Typical tank setup: Lots of plants and wood for grazing and providing cover.
Recommended min. aquarium capacity: 8 gallons / 30 litres
Compatibility: Community shrimp, but could be seen as food by large fish.
Temp: 64 – 82 Deg F / 17 – 26 Deg C
Water chemistry: ph 6.5-8. Tolerable of a wide range of conditions.
Feeding: Neocaridina Heteropoda var. primary diet will be the natural growth of biofilm and algae present in the aquarium. A wide variety of dried leaves and branded shrimp foods will also be accepted, as well as various fruit and veg. They will also eat standard tropical fish flakes if kept with fish.
Sexing: Males are generally smaller and slimmer. Females also have a curved underbelly upon reaching adulthood making them easier to identify.
Breeding: Breeding these shrimp is extremely easy and requires next to no extra work from the aquarist. Left alone they will quickly multiply given a healthy supply of food and good water quality.
Additional Information: The Red Cherry Shrimp is the most popular shrimp available in the hobby. You will not have any problems finding them as they are readily sold at almost all LFS. It has an attractive red colour, which makes it even more popular among aquarists. This species is highly recommended for beginners due to the Red Cherry Shrimp’s hardy nature and adaptability to a variety of water parameters.
Author: Sina Shakiba