Caridina Gracilirostris (Red Long Nose Shrimp)
Appearance: Females grow up to 4cm and males will be about 3cm. The shrimp has a long stretched body and a long red nose. This nose contributed to the nickname "Pinocchio shrimp".
Sexing: The male has a transparent body with red markings on the body, nose and tail. Females are usually more robust and less colouration.
Life span: Up to 2.5 years.
Size: 2.5 to 4cm.
Sexually mature: From 4 month onwards.
Gestation: 10 to 14 days.
Character: Friendly shrimp, not te be kept with larger fish. This shrimp is not shy and will regularly drift on the current. They like to swim with the nose downwards.
Tank setup: From 20 liter. Normal setup for shrimp. Plants with small leafs and Java moss are suitable to have in the tank.
Some wood is also appreciated since this contains micro-organism they will feed on. Make sure water is refreshed on a regular basis. Can be kept in brackish water as well (15g salt/l).
Waterconditions: Temperature 23-30ºC (24-25ºC is optimum) with an acidity of pH6.2 to pH7.8 and a water hardness of 8dGH.
Feeding: Will eat algae, excessive food, cooked vegetables and detritus.
Breeding: Young need brackish water to grow up. Details breeding reports can be found on the internet.
Tank mates: Can be kept with other shrimp species and is suitable for a community tank which does not contain large fish.