Greetings to you, dear fellow aquarist on my blog. As promised, a couple of days have passed since my last publication where I talked about the changes in my life and I am ready to write another article for you.
And we will talk today about shrimps, but not about shrimps in general, but about a specific form – Red Cherry Shrimp. This species of shrimp is very popular with aquarists, I myself have gotten myself such reds.
Shrimp Red Cherry belongs to the family Atyidae, still know her by name Neocardina heteropoda. This shrimp has several other names: red cherry, guppy shrimp, Knight’s shrimp and red algal shrimp.
As a rule, such shrimp are considered the birthplace of this shrimp: Korea, China (its southern part), Japan, Taiwan, and more recently, shrimp have been introduced into the Hawaiian Islands. All of these listed regions are considered tropical, although they are located in a subtropical region. Red Cherry can be found small lakes, small streams and rivers.
A biotope can be anything: be it a gravel soil in a pond, or a peat pond heavily overgrown with vegetation. This species of shrimp is actively developing other halos of habitat, which in some cases can lead to the degeneration of other species of shrimp in a particular region.
A similar situation can happen in your tank.
Due to its red luminous color, ease of breeding, red cherry shrimp has become very popular among experienced aquarists and not very much. These shrimps were brought to us from Taiwan not so long ago, which was accompanied by a strong boom.
Red Cherry shrimps have a wide variety of color variations – red, blue, orange, brown, sometimes you can even see black shrimp. In addition, this type of shrimp has the ability to quickly give me its color.
If you use specific foods that contain astaxanthin, then the intensity of the color of the shrimp you can significantly increase. Females of shrimp at a young age and with dimensions of about 1 centimeter will differ from males in the neck spot, which indicates that the female began to form ovaries.
If this spot has greatly increased – wait for replenishment in the family 🙂 As in nature, males grow several times smaller than females. Straight some sort of discrimination of the individual is obtained.
Males grow to 20 millimeters, and females in some cases under favorable conditions up to 45 millimeters.
The Red Cherry shrimp is considered to be an unpretentious inhabitant of aquariums, so even a thirty-liter jar will be enough for them, where they will be pretty good at chuh themselves. The temperature range of the content of shrimp can vary between 15-32 degrees Celsius.
The only thing is that this very warm water needs to be further aerated, however, the optimum water temperature for a successful shrimp content is 24-26 degrees.
Shrimp aquariums are preferably richly planted with aquarium plants. Shrimp Red Cherry will feel great in the thickets of Javanese Moss, or plants floating on the surface. In addition, the more abundant the vegetation in the aquarium, the more kids the shrimp will produce.
For a shrimp, lighting doesn’t play a special role, try to create such a light so that it fits well. But. The more intense and brighter the lighting in the aquarium, the brighter the shrimp will look on the general background of the aquarium.
Experiments with the creation of special aqua-design or aquascaping for shrimps are not uncommon. Additionally, a bright color can be achieved by placing a driftwood in the aquarium, which will release humic acids into the aquarium water.
I really like this shrimp to sink into snags and nibble unwanted vegetation in the form of algae. Aquarium soil is desirable to take a dark color, or cover it with sea almond leaves – so you emphasize the redness of the shrimp.
For the role of the aquarium soil is perfect pebbles with a fraction size of 5-10 millimeters, neatly laid with a small layer literally a couple of centimeters.
Just want to say that the breeding of these shrimp does not require your presence and your work. They breed like rabbits and without our demand. I have so many of them in the aquarium that I no longer know where to put them.
I already distributed them, poured them into the toilet, gave them to the cat 🙂 In general, you will have a lot of them if you want such children for yourself. If you do not go to the market or to the pet store and take a dozen shrimps, then there will definitely be females and males. At about two months of age, or when the shrimp reaches 10 millimeters in size, the calves begin to ripen in females, which contributes to the appearance of a special saddle under the armor in females.
Next, the female spawn surpasses the tail, where it will be three more weeks to mature.
If you watch a female with caviar, then you can see how she regularly sorts out and shakes it up. By the end of the three-week period, you will see eyes on the calf, indicating that the young hatch is about to hatch.
You can hardly see new-born shrimps, because their sizes will not exceed 1 millimeter in length and they will be transparent. Only in time will they acquire a reddish tint.
That’s probably all that I wanted to tell you about the Red Cherry shrimp. I hope you liked the post? And if not, I invite you to the battle in the comments where we water mud at each other 🙂 (Joke of course).
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