Monday, March 19, 2012

Red Cherry Shrimp

(This link above is where I found all of the information and photos below!!)

Common NameRed Cherry Shrimp
Scientific NameNeocaridina Heteropoda var. Red
Adult Size2.5-3.0 CM or 1.0-1.2 inches
Water Temp15°-30° C or 60°-85° F
pH Range6.5-8.0
Water HardnessSoft-Hard
Fresh or Salt WaterFreshwater
Larval StageNone. Young hatch as miniature versions of the adults
Egg/Saddle ColorYellow

General Information

Cherry Shrimp are currently the most popular dwarf shrimp in the hobby. This is due to their hardiness, attractive color, and prolific breeding rate. Cherry Shrimp are also one of the cheapest dwarf shrimp available as they have been in the hobby for several years and are easily bred.

The red color of the Cherry Shrimp was bred from wild Neocaridina Heteropoda, a native of Southern Asia. The red coloring does not occur in the wild.


Cherry Shrimp are red (obviously). The intensity ranges from almost clear to blood red. Adult females are generally the most red individuals. Selective breeding can be done to intensify the red.