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Neocaridina Shrimp

Neocaridina Shrimp

Dutch Name: Neocaridina Shrimp
Scientific name: Neocaridina davidi
Origin: China, Korea and Taiwan. Can now be found as an exotic in Hawaii.
Age: Average 18 months
Height: 4 cm, females grow larger than males
Legislation: None
Difficulty: Easy – ideal for beginners
Group: Shrimp are group animals - minimum group of 10 shrimp
Diet: Omnivore – Dry Food, Leaves and Vegetables
Reproduction: Females carry the eggs - gestation lasts 30 to 45 days

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Neocaridina shrimp, also known as dwarf shrimp, are not only popular and common inhabitants of aquariums, but also the ideal choice for novice shrimp enthusiasts. They are relatively easy to care for and are not too demanding on water parameters, making them a good choice for beginners in the aquarium hobby.

What makes Neocaridina shrimp so special is their vibrant and bright colours. From the red fire shrimp to the bright yellow Lemon shrimp and the striking blue Blue Dream shrimp, they add a beautiful explosion of color to any aquarium. The variety of colors offers every shrimp lover the opportunity to brighten up his aquarium with these cheerfully colored animals.

Neocaridina shrimp are a valuable addition to any aquarium! They are active and peaceful creatures that like to swim around the aquarium and are busy foraging for food. They are excellent algae eaters and also feed on other organic matter, playing a natural role in keeping the aquarium clean. Observing their lively behavior can be a fascinating experience and add to the fun and interest in aquarium keeping.

In addition, Neocaridina shrimp reproduce relatively easily. When conditions are right, they can spawn and you can see a vibrant population of shrimp growing in your tank. Shrimp farming can be a rewarding experience and give you the opportunity to learn more about the life cycle of these tiny creatures.

In short, Neocaridina shrimp are not only beautiful to look at, but also suitable for novice aquarists. With their colorful appearance, captivating behavior and relatively easy care, they are a valuable addition to any aquarium. Whether you want to create a vibrant explosion of color, have an interest in observing their behavior, or enjoy the opportunity to raise shrimp, Neocaridina shrimp offer countless options for a vibrant and enjoyable aquatic environment.

Different Species Of Neocaridina Shrimp

Water values

One of the great benefits of keeping Neocaridina shrimp is the ease with which they can be cared for. These shrimps generally do not make too many demands and are therefore extremely suitable for both novice and experienced aquarists. They can thrive in a wide variety of water conditions, making it easy to create a suitable habitat for them.

Minimum size: 15 to 20 liter aquarium
Temperature: 18 to 28 degrees - preferably around 22 degrees
PH value: 6,5 to 7,5
GH Value: 2 – 8
KH: 4 – 8
N02: 0
Conductivity: 400-600ms
Equipment: Lots of plants, mosses and wood

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A balanced and appropriate diet is essential for the health and well-being of Neocaridina shrimp. These dwarf shrimps are omnivores and need a varied diet to stay healthy. They are mainly herbivores and require plant foods to meet their nutritional needs.

Neocaridina shrimp's diet can consist of a variety of nutrients, including algae, dead plant remains, and special shrimp feed as a supplement. Algae is a natural food source for shrimp and can be offered in the form of algae on the plants in the aquarium or as a supplementary food, such as algae wafers. Offering dead plant remains, such as dried leaves or pieces of vegetables, is also beneficial to their diet.

In addition to vegetable food, Neocaridina shrimp also need protein-rich food. In addition to plant food, Neocaridina shrimp also need food rich in proteins. This can be offered in the form of special shrimp feed that is fully balanced to contain all essential nutrients.

It is advisable to keep the diet of Neocaridina shrimp varied and feed it regularly. Providing a balanced diet will help shrimp get the necessary nutrients and promote healthy growth and reproduction. Observing the shrimp's eating habits can also provide valuable information about their health and well-being.

Aquascaping With Plants And Mosses

Interior nursery

When setting up a shrimp aquarium, it is important to take into account the natural needs of shrimps as prey. Shrimp attach great importance to an environment with sufficient hiding places, as this gives them a sense of security. The interesting thing is that the safer a shrimp feels, the more you will see it. Adding many hiding places in the aquarium is therefore essential.

When setting up a shrimp aquarium, it is therefore important to provide an environment in which shrimps feel safe and comfortable. Adding enough plants not only creates hiding places, but also contributes to a healthy ecosystem and provides shrimp with food sources. A well-appointed shrimp aquarium with lots of plants provides shrimp with the perfect environment to thrive and enjoy a colorful and exciting life.

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Aquarium Plants and Mosses

Plants play a crucial role in the shrimp aquarium. They not only provide the necessary shelters, but also contribute to the creation of a healthy ecosystem. Plants help maintain good water quality by absorbing excess nutrients and reducing algae growth. They provide a stable environment and help filter harmful substances from the water.

In addition, plants provide shrimp with the opportunity to find food and feed. They can feed on the algae and biofilm that form on the plants. This natural food supply ensures a varied diet and promotes the well-being of the shrimp.

Adding different types of plants, such as moss balls, floating plants and ground covers, creates a varied landscape in the aquarium. This provides shrimp with different levels of hiding places and creates an aesthetically pleasing environment. The use of floating plants can also provide diffused light, which is beneficial for the well-being of shrimps.

Neocaridina Shrimp Colors


Neocaridina shrimp are known for the diverse and vibrant colors they appear in, making them a colorful addition to any aquarium. Numerous color variations have now been bred. From the red variants to the yellow ones such as the Lemon Shrimp, the blue Blue Dream shrimp to the orange Orange Sakura shrimp, there is a color for every shrimp lover.

One of the most popular colors is the bright red fire shrimp, which is known for its intense red color and vibrant presence. These colorful shrimp add a powerful contrast to any aquascape and are a beautiful eye-catcher.

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In the wonderful world of shrimp, reproduction can sometimes go very fast! When the females are in the mood to mate, they release a fragrant pheromone that the males cannot resist. So, if you suddenly see all your shrimp swimming through the tank excited and full of energy, it's probably time for the 'shrimp love dance'!

When Neocaridina Shrimp reach three to four months of age, they are ready to reproduce. The females that are ready to mate produce eggs and this can be recognized by the egg spot that then becomes visible on the neck. Do you want to know if a shrimp is pregnant? Then take a good look at the belly, when your shrimp is pregnant she will proudly carry all the eggs under her belly.

And did you know that the color of the eggs shows how long it takes for them to hatch? The darker the eggs, the faster they will hatch. So keep an eye on those eggs, because soon you can expect a cute swarm of little shrimps in your tank!

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