Blue Jelly Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi)
Blue Jelly Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi), are the result of selective breeding with Blue Rili Shrimps. As a result of its unique colouration, Blue Jelly Shrimp stand out among other species of Dwarf Shrimp. In a peaceful tropical community aquarium, these Shrimp will add a remarkable appearance. In addition, these Shrimp are also hardy and prolific, just like other Neocaridina shrimp.
Various shrimp species exist in the aquatic community, but the Blue jelly shrimp aren't among the most popular Neocaridina species. However, even beginners in this hobby will find them an excellent choice due to their ease of keeping and breeding. It is recommended to have at least 10 of these species in your tank, as they are very social creatures. The more Shrimp you have in your tank, the more confident and less stressed they will be.
Blue Jelly shrimp are very social, peaceful, and undemanding creatures. They pose no threat to other aquarium inhabitants. Snails of all kinds are good companions for Snowball shrimp. The Shrimp do equally well with freshwater shrimps and tropical fish that do not prey on Shrimp.
It is possible for Blue Jelly Shrimp to have different shades of blue in their colouration and intensity. Red spots on the extremities can sometimes be seen on offspring bred from Blue Rili Shrimp. It is also possible for these Shrimp to change colour based on their diet. Certain foods, such as spinach or similar, can turn them green for a while. Some individuals can have a slight tint of green.
|Scientific Name||Neocaridina davidi|
|Aquarium Level||All Levels|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 10+|
|Lifespan||1 - 2 years|
|PH||6.0 - 8.0|
|GH||4 - 12|
|KH||2 - 6|
|TDS||150 - 250|
|65 - 85℉|
18.3 - 29.4℃
Shrimp, including Blue Jelly 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.
Unlike some other shrimp species, it is straightforward to distinguish between female and male Blue Jelly Shrimp. The reason for this is that females are larger than males and have a saddle and a curved underbelly that is visible to the naked eye. It's also worth noting that the males have a lesser amount of white colouration than the females.