Shrimp Blue Cherry

  • Meet the Shrimp Blue (Neocaridina davidi var. “Blue”) – a delightful and vibrant freshwater invertebrate with striking blue coloration.
  • Enjoy its peaceful nature and algae-eating abilities, making it an excellent addition to a well-maintained aquarium.
  • With a maximum size of 1 to 1.5 inches and a potential lifespan of 1 to 2 years, these charming and colorful shrimp will add a touch of beauty and liveliness to your aquatic environment.
SKU: 1003

$8.95

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Description

Introduction: Introducing the Shrimp Blue – a delightful and fascinating freshwater invertebrate that will add a splash of vibrant blue to your aquarium. With its small size and peaceful nature, the Shrimp Blue is a popular choice among aquarists seeking to create a captivating and colorful aquatic environment.

Scientific Name: The Shrimp Blue is scientifically known as Neocaridina davidi var. “Blue.” It belongs to the family Atyidae and is a variant of the popular Neocaridina shrimp species.

Water Quality:

  • Temperature: Maintain the water temperature between 68°F to 78°F (20°C to 26°C) to ensure the well-being and health of the Shrimp Blue.
  • pH Level: Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH range of 6.5 to 7.5, which closely replicates their preferred water conditions.
  • GH Level: Provide a general hardness (GH) level between 6 to 8 dGH to support their overall well-being.
  • KH Level: A carbonate hardness (KH) level between 2 to 4 dKH is recommended to maintain stable water conditions.

TDS Level: Blue Cherry Shrimp thrive in a range of TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) but ideally on the lower end. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Ideal: 250-300 ppm (parts per million)
  • Acceptable: 150-400 ppm

Important Note: While they can tolerate a wider range, it’s best to keep TDS stable to avoid stressing the shrimp.

Feeding: The Shrimp Blue is primarily an algae eater and will feed on biofilm, algae, and other detritus in the aquarium. Supplement their diet with high-quality shrimp pellets or blanched vegetables like spinach and zucchini.

Tank Mates: Shrimp Blues are peaceful and can coexist with other peaceful fish and invertebrates. Avoid housing them with aggressive or predatory species to prevent harm.

Substrates and Tank Decorations: Provide a soft and natural substrate like sand or fine gravel, allowing the Shrimp Blue to scavenge and forage comfortably. Decorate the aquarium with driftwood, rocks, and live plants to create a biodiverse and enriching environment.

Suitable Plants: Live plants like Java Moss, Java Fern, and Marimo Moss Balls provide hiding spots and grazing areas for the Shrimp Blue, enhancing their well-being.

Sexing: Sexing Shrimp Blues can be challenging, but adult females may have a wider and more rounded abdomen compared to males.

  • Females: Typically larger with a wider abdomen, often carrying visible eggs (bright yellow or green saddle) underneath their bodies.
  • Males: Generally smaller and slimmer than females.

Breeding: The magic of shrimp reproduction unfolds when a male fertilizes the eggs carried by the female. Here’s what happens next:

  • The female carries the fertilized eggs for several weeks, attached to her swimmerets.
  • After hatching, the tiny shrimplets emerge as miniature versions of their parents. However, these shrimplets are vulnerable and require a mature tank with established microfauna for survival. Microfauna are microscopic organisms that serve as the shrimplets’ first food source.

Maximum Size and Longevity:

Blue Cherry Shrimp can grow up to 1.5 inches (4 cm) in length and live for 1-2 years with proper care.

Behavior:

These active shrimp graze constantly, adding a mesmerizing touch to your tank. They are shy creatures and may hide during the day, emerging at night to forage for food.

Things to Consider Before Buying:

  • Copper Sensitivity: Blue Cherry Shrimp, like their red cousins, are extremely sensitive to copper. Ensure all medications and decorations are copper-free.
  • Acclimation: Properly acclimate your shrimp to your tank’s water parameters to avoid stress and mortality.

Fun Fact: The vibrant blue coloration of Blue Cherry Shrimp is not natural! It’s a result of selective breeding in captivity over many generations. Wild Neocaridina davidi is actually a translucent grayish or brownish color.

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