Max Size: 4cm

Red Rili Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var)

Red Rili Shrimp are peaceful, hardy and sociable freshwater shrimp that make excellent additions to the planted aquarium and community aquarium. These shrimp are suitable for the beginner hobbyist as well as a novelty for the more advanced aquarist.

Red Rili Shrimp are admiringly adaptable creatures that can live in almost any freshwater aquarium with various water parameters. A shrimp colony will work hard to clean your aquarium of waste and algae.

You can keep Red Rili Shrimp with different shrimp species in the same aquarium, and you can also house them with smaller non-aggressive peaceful fish such as Neon Tetras and Micro Rasboras. In addition, placid bottom-dwellers that are too small to eat an adult shrimp, like the Kuhli Loach, should work well, as would freshwater snails such as Nerites or Ramshorns. However, it would be best to avoid keeping them with much larger, more aggressive species as they will be seen as a snack.

Red Rili Shrimp may become shy if you do not provide them with enough places to flee to if they feel intimidated, helpless or scared, so make sure you add decor like rocks, driftwood, plants and caves to help your shrimp feel more secure.

Red Rili Shrimp feature a prominent red and white colouration, with the white parts appearing transparent. They have diverse transparent areas, from very little red to mostly red with clear patches. However, their standard colour usually consists of red on the head and tail with a clear body. In addition, these shrimp typically have different markings.

It is advisable not to keep various colour morphs of the Neocaridina species in the same aquarium; otherwise, you will end up with "wild type" offspring that are usually mostly translucent with brown spots or stripes. Keeping only one colour together would be best to keep your shrimp colours solid and consistent.

Red Rili Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var) Video

Red Rili Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var) Freshwater Shrimp Aquarium Shrimp Profile & Care Guide


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Quick Facts
Scientific NameNeocaridina davidi var
Year Described1904
Other NamesNone
Classification Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Aquarium LevelAll Levels
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 8+
Lifespan1 - 2 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH4 - 8
KH3 - 15
65 - 85℉
18.3 - 29.4℃


Red Rili Shrimp are unfussy and accept various foods, and in planted aquariums, they may survive off scavenged biofilm and algae. If you have too many shrimp in your tank for the available biofilm and algae or not enough plants to produce it, you can supplement their diet with algae wafers, blanched vegetables, or other shrimp food.

It is essential not to overfeed your shrimp as this can damage their health and even result in death. In addition, increased waste from overfeeding your shrimp can increase tank maintenance, affect your nitrogen cycle, and harm your tank's inhabitants.

Feeding your shrimp once daily is usually enough, especially if algae and biofilm are available. However, if your shrimp are not responding to food or leaving food uneaten for more than a day, make sure you remove the food and decrease feeding.

Tank Mates

10 interesting tank mate ideas for the Red Rili Shrimp could include:

African Banded Barb(Barbus fasciolatus)
Bamboo Shrimp(Atyopsis moluccensis)
Dwarf Spotted Danio(Danio nigrofasciatus)
Exclamation Mark Tetra(Bryconella pallidifrons)
Golden Bristlenose Plecostomus(Ancistrus sp)
Hockeystick Pencilfish(Nannostomus eques)
Honey Blue Eye Rainbowfish(Pseudomugil Mellis)
Montags Tetra(Hyphessbrycon montagi)
Pygmy Corydoras(Corydoras Pygmaeus)
Vietnamese Cardinal Minnow(Tanichthys micagemmae)

Sexual Dimorphism

It is relatively straightforward to differentiate between a male and a female Red Rili Shrimp. The males are much smaller and usually less colourful than the female, and because they do not need to carry eggs, their tails are generally narrower. In contrast, females are more significant and usually display a more elaborate, opaque colouration.

Other Neocaridina of interest

Black Rose Shrimp(Neocaridina Davidi)
Bloody Mary Shrimp(Neocaridina davidi)
Blue Diamond Rili Shrimp(Neocaridina Heteropoda Var)
Blue Dream Shrimp(Neocaridina davidi)
Blue Jelly Shrimp(Neocaridina davidi)
Chocolate Shrimp(Neocaridina Davidi)
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Date Added: 31/03/2021 - Updated: 30/06/2022 06:56:12