Blue Velvet Shrimp - Planted Tank Mates

Blue Velvet Shrimp

1.5″ | TDS 150-220

PH 7-7.6 | KH 2-8

Neocaridina davidi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

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Parameters

Temperature: 68 – 74

PH: 7 – 7.6

dGH: 6 – 12

dKH: 2 – 8

TDS: 150-220

Tank Size: 10 gal

Tank Mates

Tetras, Danios, Kuhli Loaches, Corydoras,  Otocinclus and other small nano fish.  There’s always a risk that baby shrimp can get eaten.  Avoid aggressive or large mouth fish.

Care

Provide a variety of hiding places.  Shrimp will molt and prefer places to hide while their new body is tender.  Keep the molted shells in the tank as other shrimp will feed off it as a good source of calcium.  Unlike Caridina shrimp, Neocaridina are hardy and very easy to keep.  Always remove dead shrimp to minimize bacteria and infections.  Avoid heavy c02 injection.

See this blog article for general Cherry Shrimp breeding and mixing colors

 

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Description

1.5" | TDS 150-220

PH 7-7.6 | KH 2-8

1.5" | TDS 110-190

PH 6.5-6.9 | KH 0-3

1.5" | TDS 100-140

PH 6.4-6.6 | KH 0-1

1.2"| Peaceful

PH 6.5-8 | GH 7-15

1.5" | TDS 90-130

PH 6.2-6.8 | KH 0-1

2" | TDS 150-200

PH 6.5-8 | KH 2-8

Content

Neocaridina davidi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

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Parameters

Temperature: 68 - 74

PH: 7 - 7.6

dGH: 6 - 12

dKH: 2 - 8

TDS: 150-220

Tank Size: 10 gal

Tank Mates

Tetras, Danios, Kuhli Loaches, Corydoras,  Otocinclus and other small nano fish.  There's always a risk that baby shrimp can get eaten.  Avoid aggressive or large mouth fish.

Care

Provide a variety of hiding places.  Shrimp will molt and prefer places to hide while their new body is tender.  Keep the molted shells in the tank as other shrimp will feed off it as a good source of calcium.  Unlike Caridina shrimp, Neocaridina are hardy and very easy to keep.  Always remove dead shrimp to minimize bacteria and infections.  Avoid heavy c02 injection.

See this blog article for general Cherry Shrimp breeding and mixing colors  

Caridina Cantonensis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Expert

Behavior: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 - 72

PH: 6.5 - 6.9

dGH: 4 - 8

dKH: 0 - 3

TDS: 110 - 190

Tank Size: 10 gal

Tank Mates

Tetras, Danios, Kuhli Loaches, Corydoras,  Otocinclus and other small nano fish.  There's always a risk that baby shrimp can get eaten.  Some recommend Caridina to be in species only tanks.  Avoid aggressive or large mouth fish.

Notes

Stability is key.  Caridina shrimp are very sensitive to water changes prefer softer and acid waters.  Keep cooler water temperatures and avoid heavy c02 injection.  Minimize changes.

Provide a variety of hiding places.  Shrimp will molt and prefer places to hide while their new body is tender.  Keep the molted shells in the tank as other shrimp will feed off it as a good source of calcium.   Always remove dead shrimp to minimize bacteria and infections.

Caridina Cantonensis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Expert

Behavior: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 - 72

PH: 6.4 - 6.6

dGH: 4 - 5

dKH: 0 - 1

TDS: 100 - 140

Tank Size: 10 gal

Tank Mates

Tetras, Danios, Kuhli Loaches, Corydoras,  Otocinclus and other small nano fish.  There's always a risk that baby shrimp can get eaten.  Some recommend Caridina to be in species only tanks.  Avoid aggressive or large mouth fish.

Notes

Stability is key.  Caridina shrimp are very sensitive to water changes prefer softer and acid waters.  Keep cooler water temperatures and avoid heavy c02 injection.  Minimize changes. Provide a variety of hiding places.  Shrimp will molt and prefer places to hide while their new body is tender.  Keep the molted shells in the tank as other shrimp will feed off it as a good source of calcium.   Always remove dead shrimp to minimize bacteria and infections.

Neritina variegated

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 - 78

PH: 6.5 - 8

dGH: 7-15

dKH: 2 - 12

Tank Size: 2 per 10 gal

Tank Mates

Neocaridina and Cardina Shrimp, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Corydoras, Otocinclus and most small nano fish.  Loaches and mollies may nip at snails.  Pufferfish will eat them if they're small enough.

Notes

Snails are detritivores.  They feed on dead organic material, especially plant detritus in an aquarium.  This helps to clean up and break down organics in the tank, such as dying plant leaves, algae, left over fish food and even deceased animals.

Their shells require minerals and nutrients like calcium so a more neutral to alkaline water parameter is preferred.

Caridina Cantonensis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Expert

Behavior: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 - 72

PH: 6.2 - 6.8

dGH: 3 - 6

dKH: 0 - 1

TDS: 90 - 130

Tank Size: 10 gal

Tank Mates

Depending on the grade, Galaxy Pinto Shrimp can cost $$$.  Tankmates need to be 100% peaceful.  Caution with any nano fish. There's always a risk that baby shrimp can get eaten.  Some recommend Caridina to be in species only tanks.  Avoid aggressive or large mouth fish.

Notes

Stability is key.  Caridina shrimp are very sensitive to water changes prefer softer and acid waters.  Keep cooler water temperatures and avoid heavy c02 injection.  Minimize changes.

Provide a variety of hiding places.  Shrimp will molt and prefer places to hide while their new body is tender.  Keep the molted shells in the tank as other shrimp will feed off it as a good source of calcium.   Always remove dead shrimp to minimize bacteria and infections.

Caridina multidenata, Caridina japonica

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 65 - 80

PH: 6.5 - 8

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 2 - 8

TDS: 150-200

Tank Size: 10 gal

Tank Mates

Compatible all Caridina and Neocaridina species as they will not crossbreed.

Tetras, Danios, Kuhli Loaches, Corydoras,  Otocinclus and other small nano fish.  There's always a risk that baby shrimp can get eaten.  Avoid aggressive or large mouth fish.

Notes

Made popular by Takashi Amano (the father of modern aquascaping), Amano shrimp are great algae eaters.  They're very hardy and can handle a wide temperature range making them great beginner freshwater shrimp.  They have a tendency to jump and crawl out of the water, so keep a tight lid.

Provide a variety of hiding places.  Shrimp will molt and prefer places to hide while their new body is tender.  Keep the molted shells in the tank as other shrimp will feed off it as a good source of calcium.  Always remove dead shrimp to minimize bacteria and infections.  Avoid heavy c02 injection. More about Amano Shrimp here.
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