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Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. red), also known simply as Red Cherry Shrimp or RCS, are a popular and widely kept freshwater shrimp species in the aquarium hobby. These small, colorful shrimp are known for their ease of care, peaceful nature, and vibrant red coloration. Here are some key characteristics and care tips for Cherry Shrimp:

  1. Coloration:

    • Cherry Shrimp are named for their bright red coloration, which can vary in intensity. Selective breeding has resulted in different grades of red, ranging from pale to deep and vibrant shades.
    • Other color variations, such as yellow, orange, and even blue, have been selectively bred from the original red strain.
  2. Size:

    • Adult Cherry Shrimp typically grow to around 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 to 3.8 centimeters) in length.
  3. Water Parameters:

    • Cherry Shrimp are hardy and adaptable, making them suitable for a range of water conditions. However, they thrive in stable and well-maintained aquariums.
    • Recommended parameters include a temperature range of 72-78°F (22-26°C), pH around 6.5-7.5, and low to moderate hardness.
  4. Tank Setup:

    • Provide a well-established aquarium with hiding places, such as plants, moss, or decorations, as Cherry Shrimp appreciate spaces to seek shelter.
    • The substrate can be gravel or sand, and the addition of live plants can create a natural and suitable environment for the shrimp.
  5. Diet:

    • Cherry Shrimp are primarily scavengers and will feed on algae, detritus, and microorganisms in the aquarium.
    • Supplement their diet with high-quality shrimp food, algae wafers, blanched vegetables (like spinach or zucchini), and other small, protein-rich foods.
  6. Compatibility:

    • Cherry Shrimp are peaceful and can be kept with a variety of community fish that are not aggressive or predatory.
    • Avoid keeping them with large or aggressive species that may view them as prey.
  7. Breeding:

    • Cherry Shrimp are prolific breeders under suitable conditions. They are known to reproduce readily in aquariums with stable water parameters.
    • Female shrimp carry eggs under their bodies until they hatch into miniature versions of the adults.
  8. Tankmates:

    • Suitable tankmates include small and non-aggressive fish, such as guppies, tetras, or dwarf rasboras.
    • Be cautious with larger or more aggressive fish that may pose a threat to the shrimp.

Cherry Shrimp are an excellent choice for planted aquariums and community tanks. Their vibrant colors, ease of care, and entertaining behavior make them a favorite among both beginner and experienced aquarists. Selective breeding has resulted in various color morphs, allowing enthusiasts to enjoy a range of visually striking shrimp in their aquariums.