Crystal Red Shrimp (Caridina Cantonensis) Shrimp Species Profile
Crystal Red Shrimp is a beautiful and popular species of small freshwater shrimp.
These shrimp are scavengers and will eat small pieces of decayed vegetation and algae.
Crystal Red Shrimps will molt quite regularly while growing.
A grading system has been invented over time to separate Crystal Red Shrimps with different intensities of color, size, and number of white patches. The higher the grade, the more sought after the shrimp are, and the higher the price is for breeders, the grades in order from least to most desirable are C, B, A, S, S+, SS, SSS, which make it fun for the hobbyist who wants to enjoy and experiment to find new exciting things.
These shrimp thrive in soft water with an active substrate, plenty of plants, and hiding places.
|Scientific Name||Caridina Cantonensis|
|Other Names||Bee shrimp and CRS|
|Origins||Asia, Oceania and Africa|
|Aquarium Level||Bottom - Middle|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||1 - 2 years|
|Maximum Size||2.5 - 3 cm|
|Temperature||64 - 76 ℉ (17.8 - 24.4 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||4 - 6|
|KH||0 - 2|
|TDS||100 - 200|
Crystal Red Shrimp is a freshwater bee shrimp that originated in south-east Asia in the early 90s, but back then they were known as bee shrimps. A man from Japan discovered them.
They were then selectively bred and ended up with the red colour variation and are now known as crystal red shrimp. This species is now hugely popular all over due to its nice colouring and its algae-eating habits.
Their preferred habitat is tropical and subtropical waters covered in leaves from trees that overhang them.
Crystal red shrimp will happily graze on Algae and biofilm, but make sure you supplement their diet with algae wafers, sinking pellets, and flake food.
They will also eat small frozen foods such as daphnia and mini-bloodworm. You can also offer some vegetable matter such as blanched spinach, broccoli or courgette to their diet.
It is beneficial to add some dried Indian Almond leaves, Oak leaves or Mulberry leaves to your aquarium. The biofilm will form on these as they slowly die, and this will provide a brilliant source of food for the shrimps while helping to maintain a low pH in the aquarium.