Freshwater Shrimp are some of the most colorful, interesting, and rewarding species to keep. They are also very small, which is great because you can keep an entire colony in a 10 gallon tank easily. Today we’re going to focus on the Red Cherry Shrimp also known as Neocaridina denticulata sinensis. These little guys are bright red as the name implies and will reproduce in an aquarium at a pretty rapid pace as long as the water quality is sufficient. They are not always bright red though, if you’ve just moved them or added them to an Aquarium they may turn a more pale color while they acclimate. They are fairly easy to care for and very interesting to watch. I do not suggest keeping fish with your Shrimp due to possible predation but some people do choose to keep them with fish. I personally like the idea of just having a dedicated 10 gallon shrimp tank.
You can use a fine sand substrate, some people prefer darker colors such as Black Eco-Complete because it helps enhance the color of the shrimp. It is also suggested that you keep an abundance of live plants in the tank, the shrimp will use them as breeding grounds and cover. The plants will also catch tiny food particles so the shrimp will constantly climb all over them picking food out. I suggest keeping a nice size chunk of Java Moss at the minimum, it will grown well even in low light and Shrimp do great with it.
You can easily have dozens of Red Cherry Shrimp in a 10 gallon aquarium, thus providing non stop movement and action. It’s not hard to end up staring at them for an hour at a time due to how interesting they are to watch. You must make sure to never use an copper based medicines or anything containing copper, as it is detrimental to the health of your shrimp. If you see that a Shrimp has shed its exoskeleton, leave it in the tank. The shrimp will consume the exoskeleton due to the nutrients they provide.
Scientific Name – Neocaridina denticulata sinensis
Common Name – Cherry Shrimp, Red Cherry Shrimp, Crystal Red Shrimp
Regions of Origin – Taiwan
Temperament – These guys are 100% peaceful.
Maximum Size – 1 – 1.5″ maximum size.
Diet – Algae is a primary diet for these little guys. They will also eat little bits of most commercial fish food. If you drop sinking pellets in (high quality) they will pick them apart slowly but surely as they soften in the water.
Water – 60-80 degrees although a stable 70-72 is best, PH of 6.5-7.0, Kh of 4-10
Red Cherry Shrimp cruising in some greenery.
Red Cherry Shrimp searching for food.