Max Size: 3cm

Snowball Shrimp (Neocaridina zhangjiajiensis)

The Snowball Shrimp, Neocaridina zhangiajiensis, is a wild species of Neocaridina that is selectively bred to be pure white. Ulf Gottschalk presented both Snowball and Blue Pearl Shrimp in Germany in 2006. The white colour remained stable in the next generations after years of selective breeding.

As a result of its pure white colouration, snowball shrimp stand out among other species of dwarf Shrimp. In a peaceful tropical community aquarium, the Snowball Shrimp will add a remarkable appearance. They are also hardy and prolific, just like other Neocaridina shrimp.

There are many different species of Shrimp in the aquatic community, but the Snowball Shrimp is one of the most favoured. 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 Snowball shrimp in your tank, as they are very social creatures. The more Snowball shrimp you have in your tank, the more confident and less stressed they will be.

The snowball 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.

Snowball Shrimp are translucent white, with some exhibiting a slight blue tint. A theory suggests that the Shrimp is named after their eggs, which are also pure white and resemble tiny snowballs. Against plants, dark backgrounds, and substrates, the white body and even whiter eggs stand out incredibly. They also have snow-white "saddles" on their necks, which are very attractive even when they are not carrying eggs.


Snowball Shrimp
Snowball Shrimp
Quick Facts
Scientific NameNeocaridina zhangjiajiensis
Year Described2006
Other NamesWhite Pearl Shrimp
Classification Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Aquarium LevelAll Levels
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 10+
Lifespan1 - 2 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH5 - 15
KH1 - 8
TDS150 - 200
72 - 82℉
22.2 - 27.8℃


Shrimp, including Snowball 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.

Sexual Dimorphism

Unlike some other shrimp species, it is straightforward to distinguish between female and male Snowball 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.

Other Neocaridina of interest

Black Rose Shrimp(Neocaridina Davidi)
Bloody Mary Shrimp(Neocaridina davidi)
Blue Diamond Rili Shrimp(Neocaridina Heteropoda Var)
Blue Jelly Shrimp(Neocaridina davidi)
Chocolate Shrimp(Neocaridina Davidi)
Green Jade Shrimp(Neocaridina Davidi)
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Date Added: 30/08/2022 13:02:08 - Updated: 30/08/2022 14:51:06