Overview: The red sakura shrimp or red cherry shrimp, fire shrimp, or Neocaridina Davidi “Red” (scientific name). These are the most in-demand ornamental dwarf shrimps among the aquarists interested in keeping shrimps in their aquariums. These are the most frequently sold shrimps and most suitable for beginners as they are cheap in price and easy to care. The red cherry shrimp is a freshwater shrimp and can also survive in hard water as 20 gH. They are known for their easy breeding behavior and are more reproductive in nature at a water temperature of 24-degree C. They are low maintenance and self-sufficient as they feed mostly on the algae bloom in the aquariums. In the lack of algae, they can be fed blanched vegetables. The dwarf red cherry shrimps are very peaceful and vulnerable. Female shrimps are bigger than the male shrimp with a maximum size of 2 inches in length.
Habitat: A red cherry shrimp can be set up in any size of the tank of at least 5 gallons, but the tank should not be overloaded with a lot of aquatic animals. The red cherry shrimp tank should be filtered and cycled. It is being said that red cherry shrimps show their bright coloration only when they feel safe and have plenty of space to hide in their tank-like aquatics plants or other ornaments in the tank.
Water parameter: The red cherry shrimps are very adjustable and acclimatize easily in different parameters of water. As they are too sensitive to ammonia and nitrites, tanks should be thoroughly filtered and cycled before they are put inside. A weekly 10- 20% of water change is essential to ascertain that water conditions are suitable for the shrimps.
- Temperature- 18 – 30 degree C
- pH- 6.2 – 8
- gH- 4 – 8
Care Guidelines: The red sakura shrimp is the high-quality variety of red cherry shrimps. They are very easy to take care of and very self-sufficient as well. It is advised to cover the filter intake with a sponge because the fries of the shrimps are too small, and the chances of them getting stuck inside the intakes are very high. So, keep the sponge as a protective measure.
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Apart from their use as a scavenger and cleaning member of the tank, they are also added to enhance the colors in the tank. The bright color of Red Sakura Shrimp brings so much appeal to the tank.
WARNING- Copper is toxic to invertebrates; therefore, avoid all types of food products, plant fertilizers, and medications that have copper in them in any form. If you have shrimps in your tank, always read the labels and make sure that the products you are using are copper-free.