Yellow Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) Species Profile & Care Guide
Yellow Shrimp is one of the most common Shrimp varieties in the aquarium hobby. These Shrimp are selectively bred for their super-bright, eye-catching yellow colouration. The Yellow Shrimp is very hardy and are unfussy about water conditions, and they produce readily, making these Shrimp an excellent choice for the beginner aquarist.
Yellow Shrimp are very social and peaceful, and you can keep them with different shrimp species in the same tank, as well as small non-aggressive fish and alongside aquarium snails.
Shrimp are prey to some animals, and they do not feel safe in open spaces, so make sure you provide your Shrimp with plenty of places to hide; the safer the Shrimp feel, the more time they spend out in the open.
|Scientific Name||Neocaridina davidi|
|Other Names||Yellow Sakura, Yellow Fire Neon, Neon Yellow Shrimp, Golden Back Yellow Shrimp|
|Aquarium Level||All Levels|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 10+|
|Lifespan||1 - 2 years|
|Temperature||68 - 78 ℉ (20 - 25.6 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 8.0|
|GH||4 - 8|
|KH||3 - 15|
|TDS||150 - 250|
Natural Habitat of the Yellow Shrimp
Because Yellow Shrimp are selectively bred, they don't have a natural habitat; however, you can base their living requirements around the Bee Shrimp as they are so closely related. The Bee Shrimp originates in Taiwan in Southeast Asia, where they inhabit freshwater streams and rivers that are covered with thick vegetation and shaded by overhanging trees.
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Yellow Shrimp are omnivores that will thrive on a varied diet. They love grazing on aufwuchs and algae off any surface they can find. However, if your tank doesn't have enough algae, you will need to provide them with extra feedings. You should use high-quality dried food like Shrimp food, sinking pellets and algae wafers as a staple and supplement it with frozen foods such as bloodworms or mosquito larvae.
The Shrimp will also greatly appreciate fresh blanched veggies and almond leaves.
Remember to remove any uneaten food after a few hours as it can quickly start decaying, which will affect the water quality. Try using a feeding dish to prevent the food from spreading all over the aquarium.
Sexing the Yellow Shrimp
Yellow Shrimp, like all Neocaridinas, are slightly more challenging to sex until they reach maturity. Once they have fully developed, the females will be larger and have brighter colouration than the male, as well as having a rounder underbelly. In contrast, males are smaller, have less bright colours and will have a straight underbelly.
Breeding the Yellow Shrimp
Yellow Shrimp are among the easiest Shrimp to breed. All that you will need to do is introduce both males and females into the aquarium, keep the water quality good and provide your Shrimp with plenty of food.
Healthy females should soon start carrying eggs between their swimmerets, from which tiny replicas of the parents hatch after about 30 days.
It is essential that you have a well-established aquarium for the shrimplets to survive, as they can only consume biofilm until they grow a bit bigger. We recommend keeping only one strain of Neocaridina Shrimp in your tank; otherwise, they will crossbreed, and the offspring by the second generation will return to the wild type form.
The more intense a shrimp's colouration, the higher the grade it becomes. Higher grade shrimp with opaque, bright colours will bring more money than translucent ones. This grading system is just a colour thing for yellower Shrimp are not any inherently better or healthier.