The red cherry shrimp (RCS) is fairly hardy and adapts to a wide range of water conditions. Because of the red cherry shrimp's small size and relatively low bioload these red cherry shrimp can usually be kept in smaller confines. Larger tanks are needed to keep multiples alive and happy for the longer term though.
Red Cherry Shrimp Profile and Care Information
Scientific Name: Neocaridina denticulate sinenis "red"
Common Name: Red cherry shrimp/cherry shrimp, RCS
Cherry Shrimp Care Level: Easy, good for people with small tanks. Need moss to climb on. In smaller tanks may need calcium supplement
Size: up to 3 cm.
pH: 7 - 8
Temperature: 70 - 80F
Water Hardness: 3 - 15 dkh
Cherry Shrimp Life Span: 1-2 years
Temperament: Very Peaceful
Cherry shrimp Breeding/Mating/Reproduction: these shrimp are ery easy to breed. The females will start to turn very red and you will see yellow eggs being held in their swimlets. The females will release hormones into the water and the males will find her and mate. The females can store sperm like guppys and mollys. The female will keep the eggs and then after a while they will release the baby shrimp. The shrimp are miniature replicas of the adults. You do not need to worry about the parents eating their young. For best breeding results keep shrimp without other fish.
Tank size: 1 gallon or more. If you keep up with your water changes you can keep 10-15 per gallon.
Compatible Tank Mates: Most community fish. Do not put with bigger or aggressive fish your shrimp they will eat them.
Diet: Will eat biofilm from plants. Also will eat various algae types of algae and sinking pellets/extra fish food.
Tank Region: bottom if you have plants/decorations they will climb on them.
Gender: Females are reddish and males are clear
Supplements: Calcium, Iodine (helps with molting)