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Blue Cherry Shrimp Care 101: Tank setup, Tank mate, Diet and more.

by Catherine Tran 08 Sep 2023 0 Comments

Blue Cherry Shrimp, also known as Blue Velvet Shrimp, is a freshwater shrimp with a beautiful blue color. They're very vibrant when you see them for the first time.

For this reason, quite a few aquarists want to have a Blue Cherry Shrimp tank at their home. If you are a beginner and a crazy fan of cherry shrimp, you cannot miss this post.

In this article, I will share with you useful information on how to care for Blue Cherry Shrimp and where to buy them at cheap prices. And you'll be able to become a Blue Cherry Shrimp expert by the time you finish reading this!

Neocaridina Davidi.


The blue cherry shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) is a unique freshwater shrimp species that is popular in the aquarium tank. Sometimes called Blue Shrimp, their bright blue color stands out most in community tanks. If you even give them their own tank, you will always pay a lot of attention to the blue world they create!

Just like their relatives, Blue Cherry shrimp are excellent algae eaters. They spend most of their time foraging for organic matter such as algae and biofilms on tank walls and moss balls to “do their business.”

You see, they are very busy with their “algae business”, but I spent hours just sitting and watching how hard they worked!

Lifespan of Blue Velvet Shrimp.

The average lifespan of Blue Velvet shrimp is about 1-2 years depending on the environment in which you care for them.

Although this is a hardy species, subpar living conditions can clearly shorten its lifespan.

Blue Velvet Shrimp size.

Blue Velvet shrimp are usually 3.8cm - 5 cm long when mature.

If you want your shrimp to grow as large as possible, you should only buy from reputable sellers that provide the best living environment while they are still growing.

Buy Blue Velvet Shrimp at an aquarium pet store near me!


Tank size.

The minimum recommended tank size for Blue Velvet Shrimp is 20L - 40L. Let keep the possibility as it will allow you to provide them with a more complex habitat and maintain more consistency when it comes to water parameters.

Obviously, if you have a larger freshwater tank that's great! 

That will give you space to pair them with more tank mates and create a diverse ecosystem.

Water parameters.

Ideal water temperature: 22℃ to 27℃

pH: 6.2 to 8

Water hardness: 0 to 8 KH

You should perform a water test before putting them in a new tank. This is one of the most common mistakes new owners make and the consequences are serious.

Expert Note: Maintaining consistency with your Blue Velvet Shrimp's water parameters is important. You should perform regular testing and adjust the water as necessary.

Aquatic plants in the Blue Velvet Shrimp tank.

Aquatic plants also serve as an excellent source of nutrients for these creatures.

They love to eat the biofilm and algae that grow on this vegetation as well as any organic matter that falls off.

Java Moss is a popular choice and works very well.


These shrimp will also use aquatic plants as hiding places. This may look funny since this species is bright green, but they are trying!

It is also a good idea to create conditions for algae to grow at a moderate level on the ramparts. These create a great surface for algae and biofilm to accumulate for Blue Velvet to feed on.

Note: Make sure your filtering amount is not too strong. These small shrimp can easily be sucked in!

How do people who have purchased Blue Velvet Shrimp at Micro Aquatic feedback about them?




The Blue Velvet Shrimp's diet is very simple. These creatures are omnivores, spending their time foraging for algae and any other organic matter they can get their hands on (like biofilm).

Having plenty of plants and surfaces for algae and biofilm to accumulate gives them plenty to munch on!

But that doesn't mean you can completely disregard them. It is still important to supplement their diet a little.

Standard plant-based fish meal is a great choice that provides complete nutrition.

You can also change things up to taste like cucumbers and zucchini, but other foods like lettuce are also good.

Do not feed more than 3 times a week as it will cause water rot and increase ammonia concentration in the water.

Blue Velvet Shrimp tankmates.

I like to keep them with Cherry Shrimp, Amano Shrimp, Bamboo Shrimp and any freshwater aquatic snails.

When it comes to fish, you need to be a little more considerate. Some species you can add:

Bristlenose Pleco


Cory catfish

Give them a chance!

Now you're an expert in the care of Blue Velvet Shrimps, it's time to pick a few things up for yourself. These shrimp require little care from you and you will never get tired of that beautiful bright blue color!

Remember to buy these shrimps from a trusted seller if you decide to make a purchase. Doing this will ensure that you get a happy and healthy shrimp and achieve maximum lifespan.

Blue Velvet Shrimp for sale at Micro Aquatic here:


You can quickly see them here or if you're free tomorrow, come to the store to get the best advice!

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