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Scientific name: Neocaridina davidi

Origin: Taiwan

Max size: 2.5 cm

Lifespan: 1-2 years

PH: 6.5 - 8.0

Temperature: 18 - 28°C, Recommended 23°C


Cherry Shrimps are peaceful shrimp which are easy to care for if they have clean and stable water conditions. They are good tank cleaners and will eat algae off your tanks which make them very useful! Cherry Shrimps should be kept alone or with small fishes that are non-predatorial as big fishes would eat them, For Example Neons. They also should not be kept with other variants of cherry shrimp or else they will interbreed, and their offsprings will not be of good quality. However, they can live with other species of shrimp, like the Crystal Red Shrimp, as they are of different species, and there will not breed together.

Food and Diet

Cherry Shrimps will need a balanced diet containing of protein and minerals. They should be fed vegetables, either raw or blanched in boiling water for a few seconds, high-protein and calcium foods, and special shrimp foods which are designed for shrimps. They will also eat algae as a source of food. Cherry shrimps, like all other shrimps should not be fed foods which contain high in copper, as copper can kill shrimps.

Hikari Shrimp Cuisine:

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Shrimps eating banana:

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Sexing of the cherry shrimp may not be determined until they are nearly old enough to breed. Females are bigger, will have a darker colour, a wider abdomen and will grow a saddle behind her head when she is ready to breed. Males are mainly smaller and less colourful and of course will not grow a saddle.


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Breeding cherry shrimp is very easy. As long as the water parameters are stable, and there are both males and females which are ready to breed in the tank. Once the female grows a saddle, the female will release hormones into the tank which will attract males. A male will eventually mate with her and she will have eggs to carry, (also known as being berried). After 3+ weeks, baby shrimp, also known as shrimplets, will appear in the tank as tiny replicas of their parents. A sponge will be needed to cover the intake of the filter so that baby shrimp will not get sucked in, this also provides a good source of bacteria for shrimps to eat.

Berried Shrimp:

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Sponge over filter:

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Dangers and Extra Notes

  • Can be killed by copper, like any other shrimp.
  • Juveniles may/will be killed by Pest and Parasites if not treated (A thread can be found in the SKF Library by Dean)
  • Can be killed by overdose, such as an overdose of “no-planaria†Which is used to kill Planaria.
  • Juveniles can be killed by the filter suction.
  • It is important to acclimatise shrimps properly, when shrimps are moving from one tank to another
  • You should always have some moss for your shrimps, as it provides food
  • You should change/top up about 10-20% of the water fortnightly.
  • Filter maintenance should be done around twice a year
  • Shrimp love live plants, also they will look nice in your tank
  • If keeping two species in the same tank, make sure BOTH species satisfy the conditions.
  • Have a few places for the shrimps to hide

There are many colourations of the cherry shrimp which are kept in Australia.

(For Pictures please refer to the SKF library Cherry Shrimp ID by Nogi)

  • Var. Red
  • Var. Sunkist
  • Var. Pumpkin
  • Var. Chocolate(Delight)
  • Var. Black
  • Var. Yellow
  • Var. Blue

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