Shadow Panda Shrimp (Caridina cantonensis var Panda) Species Profile & Care Guide
The Shadow Panda Shrimp is straightforward to maintain and will do an excellent job cleaning up excessive waste in the aquarium. They make desirable tankmates for small, peaceful fish that will not try to make a meal out of them.
Shadow Panda Shrimp are a Bee Shrimp variety valued by hobbyists for their bright colouration. Although they aren't the easiest dwarf shrimp to keep they are worth the effort for the more experienced shrimp keeper. With the proper care, they can thrive and be a real eyecatcher in any shrimp collection.
Like all Shrimp, Pandas need lots of hiding places to feel secure. Adding some simple aquarium plants such as Java fern and some driftwood or rocks for them to hide in will help keep your Panda shrimp happy.
The Shadow Panda Shrimp is an uncommon mutation of the CBS, first bred in Taiwan. These Shrimp have a black face and intense white and black colours with hints of blue or green that are incredibly vibrant and opaque.
|Scientific Name||Caridina cantonensis var Panda|
|Other Names||Blue Panda Shrimp, Black Panda Shrimp, Black King Kong Panda|
|Aquarium Level||All Levels|
|Difficulty||Intermediate - Advanced|
|Best kept as||Groups 8+|
|Lifespan||1 - 2 years|
|Temperature||68 - 72 ℉ (20 - 22.2 ℃)|
|PH||5.5 - 7.0|
|GH||3 - 6|
|KH||0 - 2|
|TDS||90 - 120|
Natural Habitat of the Shadow Panda Shrimp
Shadow Panda Shrimps can be found in Southern China in Southeast Asia and will spend most of their time in small tannin-stained rivers and streams covered with fallen leaves from trees and an abundance of plants. Their substrate is a mixture of small rocks, sand with small patches of moss.
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Shadow Panda Shrimp will gladly graze on biofilm and algae as their primary diet, but make sure you supplement that with things like sinking pellets, algae wafers, and flake food.
You can also offer the Shrimp some vegetable matter such as blanched spinach, courgette or broccoli as a treat for them.
It would also be beneficial to add some dried Indian Almond leaves, Mulberry leaves, or Oak leaves to your aquarium. The biofilm will form on them as they slowly deteriorate, and this will supply food for the shrimps whilst helping to keep a lower pH in the aquarium.
Sexing the Shadow Panda Shrimp
The Shadow Panda Shrimp can be somewhat tricky to sex until sexual maturity is reached. Females will be slightly larger, have a rounder undercarriage with a somewhat larger tail and are often more brightly coloured than the males.
Breeding the Shadow Panda Shrimp
Shadow Panda Shrimps will regularly breed in the home aquarium if the water conditions are right.
When female Shrimp have eggs ready for fertilisation or are "berried" the saddle shape will appear more apparent, and eggs will appear on the underside of her abdomen. You will regularly see the female Shrimp tumbling her eggs underneath.
Female Shrimps will carry around 20 to 30 eggs for approximately 30 to 35 days of gestation period. After this period, unlike some species, the babies will not go through the larvae stage; instead, fully developed shrimplets are released.
Shadow Panda Shrimp can produce a variety of different species of Shrimp such as Wine Red Pandas, Black King Kongs, Blue Bolt, Mischling, CRS, and CBS shrimp. You can also presumably mix with other Caridina Cantonensis, but the results of such mixing of Tigers and Bees and others are not readily available.