Welcome to Red Cherry Shrimp website!

Here you will find all the information you need about Red Cherry Shrimp or RCS. One of the favorite and most commonly kept shrimps in freshwater tanks and aquariums. You came to the right place for unbiased professional advice.

Where to buy them, what kind of freshwater tank to choose, which aquarium plants are suitable, and what other equipment you will need.

Most of all, how to take care and successfully breed this beautiful and fascinating little creatures!

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Red Cherry Shrimp

Red Cherry Shrimp – Neocaridina davidi var. red

Neocaridina davidi var. red or more commonly known as Red Cherry Shrimp, is one of the most common variety of shrimp kept in freshwater tanks and aquariums. They originate from clean mountain streams of China (Anhui, Henan, Zhejiang). The natural coloration of the shrimp is green to brown, so red was not a frequently occurring color. It was first developed in Taiwan by selective breeding.

Red Cherry Shrimps are very easy to care for, if few basic rules are followed. They will survive in a wide range of water conditions. In fact almost everything but extremes!

They could even be kept in as small tanks as a gallon or few liters, but 10 gallons or 35 liters is the most common, and the smallest recommended size by us.

Shrimps respond to the color of their background and substrate! Darker substrate results in more solid and dark red color. While white substrate, will give you paler and more transparent shrimps.

Color of the shrimp also depends on the types of food available. They are primarily algae eaters, but as scavengers, they will eat almost any food.

Breeding Red Cherry Shrimp is almost as easy, as putting female shrimp and male shrimp together in the same aquarium. You just have to keep the water parameters around optimal levels. Feed them properly, and make sure small ones don’t get suck by filter. Of course, you should not keep big fish in the same tank as shrimps. In fact, only few species are suitable as tank mates.

Article about Red Cherry Shrimp on Wikipedia.

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