Neocaridina cf. Heteropoda(Davidi) var. 'Red' (Red fire)
Appearance: Red shrimp. The red colour can vary from very light to bright red. Young shrimp usually have a lighter colour than adult shrimp.
Sexing: The female is usually more robust and bigger than the male. Males have a lighter colour. Females can be recognized by the yellow eggsaddle in the neck as well.
Life span: Up to 2 years.
Size: Up to 3 cm.
Sexually mature: From 3 month onwards.
Gestation: 2 to 3 weeks.
Character: Friendly and not aggressive.
Tank setup: From 10 liters with plants. Plants with small leaves and Java moss are suitable.
Dwarf shrimp can best be kept in groups of at least 10 shrimp. They usually feel more comfortable in a group and will be more visible. Reproduction is easier when kept in bigger groups.
Waterconditions: Temperature 16-28ºC with an acidity of pH6 to pH8.5 and a water hardness of 2-17dGH.
Feeding: Will eat algae, excessive food, cooked vegetables and detritus. Leafs from beach, alder and oak trees will be eaten as well.
Breeding: Breeding these shrimp is easy. They will breed in a wide range of water parameters. When females are producing eggs they will get a yellow spot in the neck, a so called eggsaddle.
Water changes can enhance mating.
The colour of the eggs vary from yellow/white to dark green. When eggs become darker they will hatch soon.
These shrimp can breed with Neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis(white pearl).
The young shrimp grow reasonable fast. After about 10 days they have doubled in size.
Tank mates: Can be kept with other shrimp species, small fish and large crayfish.
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