Black King Kong Shrimp (Caridina cf Cantonesis) Species Profile & Care Guide
The Black King Kong shrimp is a small and peaceful shrimp that makes a stunning addition to a freshwater aquarium. These Shrimp are a selectively and scarce variant of the Taiwan Bee Shrimp. They are a colour morph of Crystal Black, Crystal Red, and the Golden Bee Shrimp.
Like most Shrimp that have been inbred for charming characteristics, Black King Kong Panda Shrimp are challenging to keep. Like all Caridina shrimp, black king kongs prefer clean, cool and soft acidic water. It would be best if you fully cycled the aquarium making sure it has a lot of biofilm and plants in them for the Shrimp to graze on before placing them into it.
The Black King Kong is a suitable species for aquarium algae control. As with all aquarium shrimp, it is essential to make sure copper does not get into the aquarium as copper is toxic to all Dwarf Shrimp.
The Black King Kong Shrimp has a very striking appearance with an almost black body and a range of small white markings near the upper body. These Shrimp can also be completely black. The name or grade used for the Shrimp can differ depending on what marks they present.
|Scientific Name||Caridina cf Cantonesis|
|Other Names||BKK, Taiwan Bee|
|Aquarium Level||Bottom - Middle|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||1 -2 years|
|Temperature||68 - 78 ℉ (20 - 25.6 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 7.0|
|GH||4 - 6|
|KH||0 - 2|
|TDS||80 - 150|
Natural Habitat of the Black King Kong Shrimp
The Black King Kong is selectively bred; therefore, you will not find these in the wild. However, Wild Caridina Cantonensis are native to Taiwan in Southeast Asia.
These Shrimp inhabit clear, soft and acidic shallow water with both fast and slow-flowing currents in creeks and streams of mountains that are covered in heavy vegetation from fallen branches and leaves from overhanging trees.
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Feeding Black King Kong shrimp is simple. Like all Shrimp, they are scavengers, and They will eat any food they manage to find in the tank. Therefore, in a well-established aquarium, they will often find enough supply of food from decayed vegetation, algae and biofilm on their own.
However, this does not mean you shouldn't feed them anything, especially if you would like them to thrive as well as breed. It would be ideal if you supplemented the King Kongs diet with common shrimp foods. Algae wafers are a favourite of theirs.
To add some variety to their diet, and improve their immune system, provide them with some Indian Almond Leaves or Alder Cones. These Shrimp will also appreciate the odd treat of blanched vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce and spinach.
Sexing the Black King Kong Shrimp
Sexing Black King Kong Shrimp can be somewhat tricky until the shrimp reach maturity. The Females have slightly larger tails and display a saddle configuration on the upper body, behind the head this is where eggs are stored prior to fertilisation. The saddle can be almost impossible to identify on this Shrimp due to its very dark colouration. When female Shrimp have eggs ready, the saddle shape will appear more noticeable. Once the Shrimp are fully-grown, the males will be smaller than the females.
Breeding the Black King Kong Shrimp
Breeding black king kong shrimp is the same as breeding any Caridina shrimp. Females will carry the eggs for around 30 days until they are hatched to a miniature version of their parents.
It is essential to have a well-established aquarium for the shrimplets to survive as they can only consume biofilms until they grow older.