Red Cherry Shrimp
The Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda), also known as Red Cherry Shrimp or RCS, is a dwarf freshwater shrimp native to Taiwan. It belongs to the Atyidae family of invertebrates, of which there are more than 20 other varieties of Shrimp. It is a freshwater Shrimp that is incredibly peaceful and renowned for its algae-eating capabilities. Suitable for both beginners and experienced aquarists, it is one of the hardiest and easy to keep Shrimp available.
They will add colour into any tank which they are placed in and are very undemanding requiring very little upkeep. Interestingly in the wild, they come in a variety of colours, however, in the aquarium trade, you will generally only find them in red. Their deep red is due to years of the selective breed; in fact, they are now graded depending on the shade and depth of red (more on this later). This invertebrate is very hardy and will survive in nearly all freshwater aquarium setups. It will thrive in heavily planted setups with lots of shelter and hiding spots.
Binomial Name: Neocaridina davidi
Size: Usually no bigger than 1.5 inches (3.8 cm)
Colour: Red (Red is the most frequently sold morph)
Breeding: Breed in a freshwater
Diet: Food like fish flakes, shrimp pellets, fish pellets, and algae wafers.
Water Temperature: 25.56°C with a wider range possible
Aquarium pH: 7.0 – 7.8, although some suggest a wider range is acceptable
Aquarium Lighting: Standard community tank lighting works
Lifespan: A year, or a little longer
- They are known for their peaceful and non-aggressive behaviour.
- If you watch them you will see that they spend large periods of their day grazing on whatever is in your aquarium; plants, moss, substrate etc.
- They are very active and will be busy during the day and night.
- Moss is needed in the aquarium as they will groom themselves and hide within; you can use java moss. Remember when your shrimp feels safest they will present themselves with the brightest colouration.
- In terms of substrate, you can use small pebbles to replicate the rocky substrate which they are used to
Now onto ideal water conditions for your inverts.
- Generally, the lower grade shrimps can tolerate poorer water conditions. However, the higher grade shrimps need better water conditions.
- The pH level should be between 6.5-8.0, and you should maintain a temperature between 65-85 °F.
- Just as a reminder though, you should not place them in an uncycled tank because they are very sensitive to nitrites.
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- Everything comes with a 100% live arrival guarantee!!
Other things to consider before placing an order:
- Check to see if your tank has enough space.
- Ensure your tank is fully cycled.
- Ensure your new livestock is compatible tank mates for any other fish you currently have (in terms of habitat, species, requirements, temperament, and size)
- Ensure that your water parameters, habitat and temperature are suitable for the species you want to introduce.
- Do not stock your tank too quickly, or suddenly a large influx of fish can unbalance your water parameters that will affect the water quality.
- Do not feed your new fish for 24hrs. They need time to settle in and feel at home. Feeding them too quickly puts their health at risk, and it can even affect your water quality. If you have existing fish in your aquarium, feeding them before releasing the new fish is a good idea.
- Don’t be alarmed if, upon arrival, your fish, shrimp or snail look pale or lethargic. This is normal behaviour while in transit, and they should return to full colour and vibrancy after settling into their new home for a few days.
- Also, be aware that livestock often gets stress and lose their colours after the long travel to you, this often happened to most livestock ( shrimps, guppies, plecos, and so on, kindly make sure you have the right set up, the aquarium must be fully cycled with the ideal parameters.
- Fishes and shrimps will often take from 3-7 days to fully adapt to the new home. If you have any concerns with your set up kindly talk to us or check out some online tutorials before purchase.
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