Black Rose Shrimp (Neocaridina Davidi)
To get their black colour, Black Rose Shrimp, Neocaridina Davidi, are selectively bred from Neocaridina Davidi. Even though there are multiple colours of Neocaridina in the same line, it is not recommended to mix them to keep the genes pure. You will most likely end up with wild brown-coloured offspring if you combine the colours.
People just getting into the shrimp hobby will enjoy these Shrimp because they are pretty popular among shrimp hobbyists. Black Roses have no aggressive characteristics, and they are hardy and easy to grow. The fish can adapt to many water conditions, thrive in the same conditions as many common aquarium fish, and spend most of their time eating algae and biofilm off plants, decor, glass, and substrates. In the planted tank, they make excellent cleanup crews.
There are several species of small, non-aggressive fish that make excellent tankmates, including Rasboras, Tetras, Dwarf Corydoras, Otocinclus Catfish, Dwarf Gouramis, and some small Killifish. Shrimplets, however, are very likely to be consumed by most fish besides Otocinclus.
Make sure your tap water is free of harmful chemicals and metals since tap water varies, and some aren't safe to use. If you decide to use fertiliser, make sure it does not contain copper, which harms Shrimp.
Black Rose Shrimps have shiny black shells and are dark black in colour. They are genetically different from chocolate shrimp, but some people confuse them with them. Since Black Rose Shrimp come in various shades of black, there isn't a grading system for them. The Shrimp is similar to Taiwan Bee shrimps known as Black King Kongs. These are Neocaridina, not Caridina, so breeding and keeping them is much easier.
|Scientific Name||Neocaridina Davidi|
|Other Names||Black Shrimp, Black Neocaridina|
|Origins||China, Taiwan, Vietnam|
|Aquarium Level||All Levels|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 8+|
|Lifespan||1 - 2 years|
|PH||6.0 - 8.0|
|GH||4 - 8|
|KH||3 - 15|
|TDS||150 - 200|
|65 - 85℉|
18.3 - 29.4℃
Shrimp, including Black Rose Shrimp, are bottom feeders who will eat almost anything. Their favourite food is a biofilm, but since our aquariums are usually too clean to contain enough, you'll have to supplement with high-quality dried fish or shrimp food.
Blanched vegetable treats like courgette, broccoli, zucchini, and cucumber will also be appreciated by these Shrimp. These Shrimp will also benefit from dried leaves such as Indian Almond leaves or Mulberry leaves.
Black Rose Shrimp, like all Neocaridinas, are slightly harder to sex until they mature. Once they are fully developed, the females will be larger than the male and have a rounder underbelly, whereas males will have a straight underbelly.