Dwarf freshwater shrimp have become increasingly popular as interesting additions to desktop “nano” aquariums and natural planted biotopes. From the basic ghost shrimp that are typically sold as feeder shrimp, the well-known Amano or algae-eating shrimp, the popular red cherry shrimp, crystal and bee shrimp, the fairly ‘new’ Sulawesi, or even the filter-feeding bamboo … The list of shrimp for aquarists to consider continues to grow. Regardless of one’s budget or experience level, dwarf freshwater shrimp offer something unique and truly different for your aquarium.
Neocaridina davidi, or commonly referred to as Cherry Shrimp, is a freshwater shrimp from Taiwan which is popular with aquarium keepers. There is a wide range of colours available, such as red, yellow, orange, green, blue, black, etc. Aquarists love Neocaridina shrimp because they’re the easiest to start with. These shrimp are usually best kept in well-planted aquariums, with plenty of hiding places and mosses. It is preferred to keep them in groups of at least six, as in smaller numbers they can become shy.
Caridina shrimp have more demands when it comes to water values than Neocaridina shrimp. They are a little more fragile, not in the least due to extensive selective breeding, so extra care needs to be taken to supply them with ideal conditions. Keeping the ‘easier’ types of Caridina, like Red or Black Crystals, is usually the next step after becoming proficient in keeping Cherry Shrimps. The range of Caridina Shrimp available to the hobbyist is growing almost daily, making this a really exciting time for Shrimp Keepers.