The Cherry Shrimp whose scientific name is Neocaridina Davidi thrives in freshwater; it is originally from Taiwan and grows up to 1.6 inches.
Their innate color is green-brown, and they are a nice addition to the aquariums, as they make them more appealing given their distinct red color.
The red cherry shrimp came into existence as a result of selective breeding; they thus exhibit a bright attractive color that has made them famous in the aquarium business. Individuals involved in the breeding of shrimps are making a killing out of the sea creatures. Remember the prices of the red cherry shrimp are determined by its shade.
The darker the shade the more, you will pay for it; however, they don’t cost much in terms of maintenance, and for as long as you have provided the right environmental conditions, they seem to be competing with the Bluefin tuna, in reproduction because the tuna is able to reproduce up to 10 million eggs every year. The reason we will be discussing Breeding Red Cherry Shrimp.
Characteristics of the Red Cherry Shrimp
The small finger-like shrimps can survive in any freshwater aquarium that means they do have survival characteristics that make them less prone to sicknesses; they also know how to camouflage to avoid being eaten by the large fish in natural waters.
You must have noticed that an aquarium that contains the Red Cherry Shrimps is heavily planted, and this is because the little shrimp doesn’t fancy an audience. It likes to hide and with the provision of enough shelter, the red cherry will thrive.
They don’t live long, thus their lifespan ranges between 1 to 2 years. From their outlook, the Red Cherry portrays an aggressive look, which actually is their character.
Feeding and Reproduction
The Shrimps have an interesting diet that consists of algae, microscopic organisms, and detritus. Though peaceful they are the timidest sea creatures to the extent of abandoning their eggs in case of danger. The females are the ones that carry the eggs underneath their bodies, now what is hard to understand is why hide throughout a pregnancy and later fail to care for their young ones.
The pregnant shrimps have mastered the art of hiding, and they don’t just stand under a leaf or behind a rock but rather find a dark place, they must be smart I suppose. Besides, the most probable reason might be to protect themselves from predators.
Shrimps are not lazy and apart from foraging during the day, you will find them busy at night feeding on algae in their environment or digging for detritus in gravel. You may be wondering why the shrimps are so comfortable in the aquariums and why keeping them with other sea animals might not be a wise idea.
So let’s begin with the fact that you bought them with money that does not come easy these days, and second, you need to realize that the shrimp are a delicacy to a number of sea creatures like the crabs and the angle fish. Other, carnivorous shrimps will also gladly turn and devour their own, a character that is not specific to shrimps though.
Breeding the Red Cherry Shrimp
Shrimps are very profitable in their niche market and breeding them is not rocket science. So what you need to do, is to sacrifice a few dollars and get few cherry shrimps, (painted fire red grade) remember the darker shades convert better, so you might want to consider the one above, as it is the darkest of all grades and unlike others features zero flaws on the legs, carapace and on the body.
The Painted Fire Red Grade is a high breed species that has opaque shells and are very solid. You will also need 10 gallons of water. The exact process of breeding begins when the female shrimp also known as Neocaridina Heteropoda lays the eggs beneath her saddlebag, after which they release pheromones that help inform the males to come fertilize.
Fertilization and hatching
Upon perceiving the scent of the pheromones in water, the male shrimps become energized to begin the mating process. After fertilization, the responsibility is now the females and they will have to carry the fertilized eggs in their fins till the day that they hatch. Don’t, however, forget to provide enough plant cover for the comfort of breeding.
If care is not taken as concerns the temperature of the aquarium, you will most likely not see the young shrimps, so ensure that the temperatures don’t exceed 81-82 degrees Fahrenheit. The female shrimps will also do their best to ensure that the eggs hatch, they will, therefore, fan the eggs to enable the proper supply of oxygen thus keeping them healthy.
Protect your shrimp from the large fishes, as their small structure does not allow them to defend themselves. The big fish will eat the shrimp along with its young ones and the small fish that cannot eat them will give them a hard time to the extent of biting off parts of their bodies. The female shrimps apart from being good escape artists by leaving their young ones in danger, they also let them fend for themselves or starve to death.
How ironic, to take care of a pregnancy only to neglect the child. Well, after hatching the baby shrimps are a photocopy of their parents only that they are a smaller versions. The period before the eggs hatch ranges between 2 and 3 weeks, and even at birth the baby shrimps are not stupid as they will hide while foraging for food (micro-organisms).
Initially, I talked about the ability of the fish to stay active during the night and day, well it is because they do have quite a large appetite, to which end they devour anything in their sight except the green dust algae.
Given their size, we can’t help but wonder where all the food goes to, and as disgusting as it may sound to feed on a part of your own body. The Shrimps are in their own special don’t care space, and I wonder why they don’t feed on their young ones because we have established that they have a heart of stone.
They thus feed on their own exoskeleton, live worms, dead fish and molted shells, no wonder they can survive in any freshwater habitat.