Black Rose Shrimp (Neocaridina Davidi) Species Profile & Care Guide
Black Rose Shrimp come from the Neocaridina Davidi Line and have been selectively bred to get their black colour. Although there are multiple colours of Neocaridina in the same line, it is not recommended to mix them to keep the genes purest. However, if you combine the colours, you will most likely end up with wild brown coloured offspring.
These Shrimp are pretty popular amongst shrimp hobbyist and are perfect for people just getting into the hobby. Black Rose are non-aggressive and spend most of their time eating algae and biofilm off plants, decor, the glass, and the substrate. They make excellent cleanup crews for the planted tank.
Black Rose Shrimp are hardy and easy to take care of. They can adapt to a wide array of water conditions and thrive in the same conditions as many common aquarium fish.
Small, non-aggressive fish such as Rasboras, Tetras, Dwarf Corydoras, otocinclus Catfish, Dwarf Gouramis, and some small species of Killifish make excellent tankmates. However, shrimplets are very likely to be consumed by most fish other than the Otocinclus.
If you are using tap water, check that there is no harmful chemicals or metals in your water as tap water is different, and some aren't safe to use. If you decide to use fertiliser, make sure it does not contain copper as this is harmful to your Shrimp's health.
Black Rose Shrimps are dark black shrimps with a shiny black shell. Some people may confuse them with Chocolate Shrimp, but genetically they are different. There isn't a grading for Black Rose Shrimp because they are all various shades of black but are primarily dark. These Shrimp resemble that of a Taiwan Bee shrimp called the Black King Kong. However, these are Neocaridina, not Caridina, making them a lot easier to breed and keep.
|Scientific Name||Neocaridina Davidi|
|Other Names||Black Shrimp, Black Neocaridina|
|Aquarium Level||All Levels|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 8+|
|Lifespan||1 - 2 years|
|Temperature||65 - 85 ℉ (18.3 - 29.4 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 8.0|
|GH||4 - 8|
|KH||3 - 15|
|TDS||150 - 200|
Natural Habitat of the Black Rose Shrimp
The Black Rose Shrimp is widespread across Taiwan, southern China, Vietnam and Korea in Southeast Asia. They inhabit ponds and streams, usually with an abundance of vegetation and rocks or wood as a natural substrate that they can graze on or hide in the cracks and crevices if they feel threatened.
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Like all Shrimp, Black Rose Shrimp are bottom feeders that will happily consume almost anything. They have a special love for biofilm, but because our aquariums are usually too 'clean' to contain enough of it, you'll have to supplement this with high-quality dried fish or shrimp food.
These Shrimp will also appreciate the occasional treat of blanched vegetables such as courgette, broccoli and zucchini, as well as cucumber. Putting dried leaves such as Indian Almond leaves or Mulberry leaves is also beneficial for your Shrimp.
Sexing the Black Rose Shrimp
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.
Breeding the Black Rose Shrimp
It is effortless to breed Black Rose shrimp because, like all Neocaridina Shrimp species, these are prolific breeders. All that is required is a few shrimp of each sex, and they will become pregnant constantly. You can't see the saddle on these Shrimp, so you will not know for sure whether a female is carrying eggs or not until they are fertilised, and she moves them to her swimmerets.
Females carry their eggs for around 28 to 30 days, continuously splashing them with fresh water until they hatch into tiny shrimplets. These baby shrimp will be miniature versions of the adults.
You can feed the shrimplets with powdered food, although they will graze on algae and biofilm just like the adults. If you find your Black Rose Shrimp aren't breeding like they should be, make sure you check you have both sexes, keep an eye on your water parameters, and make sure you are feeding them enough food containing plenty of calcium so that they are able to moult properly.