Red Cherry Shrimp for Freshwater Aquarium

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Hello, Frank Indiviglio here. Until recently, freshwater shrimp have largely been ignored in the US aquarium trade. I’ve kept a few native species over the years, and was awed by some huge, long-clawed specimens that I collected and released in Costa Rica. But it wasn’t until I visited Japan several years ago that I became aware of the scores of small, colorful Asian and South American shrimps that were being bred and sold regularly there. Happily, most of those I came across at that time are now well established in the trade here in the USA.
Red Cherry Shrimp make gorgeous and functional additions to any peaceful freshwater aquarium.
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The Crystal Shrimp is very popular because it is easy to keep, easy to breed, and it is very easy to have success with this aquatic animal even for a novice. Crystal Shrimp require stable water conditions that do not change too quickly. CRS prefer water that is slightly acidic and a temperature that is slightly on the cooler side with a range between 68-78 degrees Fahrenheit. One of the biggest advantages to keeping crystal shrimp is that it is possible to keep 5-10 individuals per gallon so a 10 gallon tank can easily accommodate a size able breeding colony. There are a ton of "specialized" foods which have been developed just for use with Crystal Shrimp but after having purchased a $20 tic-tac sized box of food that was mostly ignored by my shrimp, I now just stick to feeding a variety of quality fish foods that include flake, pellets and frozen. Another reason for the popularity of CRS is that their aquarium is often a good environment for the myriad of nano freshwater fish thatare coming out of South East Asia; there are many popular small danios and rasboras that are perfect tankmates for CRS, one of my favorites being the Celestial Pearl Danio and Mosquito Rasboras. Do It Yourself Shrimp Trap .:. Capturing Your Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp Without A Net
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hen mini-reef aquariums became more popular in the saltwater aquarium hobby, so too did the shrimp, clams, other invertebrates and smaller more delicate reef fish that thrive in the mini reef environment. The greater popularity in keeping decorative freshwater planted tank has also fostered an interest in a new diversity of creatures which can flourish in a planted tank environment. The explosion in new freshwater aquarists keeping small ornamental shrimp in planted tank environments has created a whole sub-hobby that is dominated by the keeping of crystal shrimp.Approximately seven (7) different varieties of shrimp are mentionedin reference to freshwater aquaria : Yamato Numa Ebi/Caridinaspp., Ghost/Grass, Wood/Singapore, Rock/Mountain, Bumble Bee,Macrobrachium, and Neocaridina spp. Theseshrimp are kept primarily as detritus and/or algae consumers. Shrimpof the genus Macrobrachium, however, do not provide any use to theaquarist in general. Although they could possibly be kept as a noveltyfor their own sake.The information contained herein represents collected data andin no way is to be construed as the original work of this author. Thegoal in presenting this information was to provide a singlecomprehensive comparison of the various freshwater shrimp speciesmentioned in the aquarium hobby.Although the amount of info available on these freshwater micro crabs is limited, they seem to be similar to dwarf shrimp in requirements. A minimum aquarium size of at least around 5 gallons (18L) seems preferable. Because they are quite vulnerable, it also seems to be a good idea to keep them alone or with peaceful tankmates like shrimp.