The most popular shrimp in the freshwater hobby today, The Cherry Shrimp is not only fun to watch scurry about, but surprisingly easy to keep and breed with the proper parameters.
Sometimes referred to as the Red Cherry Shrimp (RCS), its red coloration comes from the selective breeding of its wild form.
- Scientific Name: Neocaridina davidi var. red
- Common Name: Red Cherry Shrimp
- Geographic Origin: Tawain
- Habitat: These shrimp love to live in planted tanks but will also thrive in a bare bottom tank. Clean water is the most important aspect of keeping these or any shrimp. The RCS is the easiest shrimp to care for and the hardiest
- Gender Difference: Monomorphic – The females are larger and will have a curved underbelly as well as a darker red appearance. These differences are visible when full grown.
- Breeding: Females carry eggs until after hatching
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Maximum Size: .75 – 1″
- Temperature: < 84 degrees Fahrenheit
- pH: 6.0-8.2
- Water Hardness: Soft to Medium
- Water Region: Bottom and anywhere it can climb
- How many?: They do well in colonies and they will be much more visible this way. They can be kept individually or in small groups as well.
- Diet: Scavenger – We suggest sinking wafer foods such as Hikari Shrimp Cuisine with treats of algae wafers.