Orange Rili Shrimp (Neocaridina Heteropoda Va) Shrimp Species Profile
Orange rili shrimp are well known in the hobby for their algae control, waste management and their attractive colours. They won't eat your aquarium plants so they can be kept in any freshwater aquarium.
They are the same species as the red cherry shrimp and are selectively bred from pumpkin shrimp or orange sakura for their rili pattern.
Their requirements are virtually the same.
They feature bright orange and white colouration with the white colour often appearing translucent.
This species is very hardy, adaptable and active, and are prolific breeders when water conditions are just right.
|Scientific Name||Neocaridina Heteropoda Va|
|Aquarium Level||Bottom - Middle|
|Lifespan||1 - 2 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 2.5 cm|
|Temperature||68 - 72 ℉ (20 - 22.2 ℃)|
|PH||7.0 - 7.6|
|GH||7 - 15|
|KH||2 - 8|
|TDS||180 - 400|
Origins of the Orange Rili Shrimp
Orange rili shrimp are freshwater shrimp from Taiwan.
Their habitat is in streams and ponds, usually with rocks and wood as a natural substrate with plenty of plants for shelter.
Orange Rili shrimp mainly eat biofilm and algae.
They will eat any food that you would usually use for an aquarium, but some will prefer algae wafers and blanched vegetables.
Sexing the Orange Rili Shrimp
The female Orange Rilis will be slightly more prominent and more intensely coloured than that of the males, and the males will be narrower and straight rather than curved.
Breeding the Orange Rili Shrimp
Orange Rilis are very easy to breed; this makes them a great choice if you've never produced shrimp before.
All you need is a tank with males and females in it, keep them well-fed, healthy and stress-free with warmish temperature, and you should see the females carrying her eggs quite quickly.
It takes about 28-30 days for the shrimplets to hatch where they will be miniature versions of the parents, and they can stay in the tank with the adults and will be able to fend for themselves.