Fire shrimp or Cherry shrimp or as the Latin name Neocaridina Davidi Red Cherry are perhaps the easiest shrimp to keep. They reproduce without difficulty and survive in a variety of conditions. An ideal shrimp for beginners.
This shrimp species is not at all demanding. They feel at home in hard and soft water. They are also very tolerant of temperature and pH. They are strong animals and it is almost impossible to go wrong. It is of course the job of the caretaker of these animals to make them as comfortable as possible. An optimal pH is between 6.8 and 7.5. The temperature is ideally between 20 and 23°C. Another reason for the popularity of Fire Shrimp is that they are excellent cleaners. They actively contribute to the control of algae.
Fire shrimp ( Neocaridina Davidi Red Cherry) are a mutation of the brown-colored specimens found in the wild. Fire shrimp have a red cast. The legs are often colorless and part of the body is also transparent. At higher grades, such as the Red Sakura, there is more red present. These variants are the result of selective breeding based on color intensity. Fire shrimps are therefore less noticeable. Something that may be desirable for the enthusiast who does not want to be too distracted by the bright red in the aquarium. Eventually, adult animals can reach a size of 4 cm. They usually stay a bit smaller and grow to around 2cm. Females grow larger than males and are more intensely colored. In addition, females have a wider body. In Fire Shrimp, a so-called "saddle" is often clearly visible in the females. These will become eggs later.
These shrimp are easy to keep and don't need much. The aquarium should be at least 15 liters in size. Shelters are much appreciated. This can be in the form of plants, wood, stones or other crevices that they can crawl between. Moss and plants with fine leaves in their environment will make them feel safe. Existing plants will make the water quality more pleasant for them. In the moss they can search for food and shelter to their heart's content.
Behavior and fellow residents
Shrimp are real group animals. They use the presence of congeners for a sense of security. So preferably always keep more than 10 copies together. They are almost constantly looking for food. Everything they walk over is plucked. They do not interfere with other fish and are very peaceful. They can therefore be kept with all other aquarium animals without any problems. The other way around is not always a good idea. Their small size will allow them to serve as food for larger fish species. Beware of fish with a mouth big enough to fit a shrimp. Bettas, Chichlids, Gouramis, Large Tetras and Large Barbs are not a good match. If they are not eaten, they can live to be about 2 years old.
As mentioned, Fire Shrimp are constantly searching surfaces. Algae and other edible substances from the biofilm are eaten. They leave plants alone. Supplementary feeding is desirable if there are relatively many shrimps in the aquarium. This can be done, for example, with sticks, granulate or pads from our range of shrimp feed. Also Catappa leaves, Walnut leaves and other natural materials can be fed. Cooked vegetables such as carrots and spinach will also appeal. Keep in mind that they are small animals with small stomachs. Feeding too much is not desirable.
Growing Fire Shrimp
Growing Fire Shrimp is very simple. It really doesn't require anything special. An ideal temperature is 25°C. To get the mating process started, you can change it with cooler water. A female can carry 30-50 eggs. The eggs develop under the mother's abdomen, after which young animals are released after 1 to 1.5 months. These young animals are very small and vulnerable. A good biofilm in the aquarium or fine dust feed provides them with nutrition. Because they are so small, they can easily be sucked into the filter. Always apply protection around the suction of the filter. For example with a sponge or pantyhose. Baby shrimp are very delicate and a meal for all fish. This is an extra reason to provide sufficient shelter. After about 3 months, the shrimps are sexually mature and they can start taking care of new fry themselves.
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