Chinese Zebra Shrimp Female with eggs

Chinese Zebra Shrimp male

 

Common Name:

Chinese Zebra Shrimp

Scientific Name:

Caridina sp. "Chinese Zebra" (belongs to the Caridina serrata species complex)

Size:

2.5-3.5cm

Temperature:

70F-78F, will not tolerate temperatures that are too high

Water Parameters:

Needs soft, acidic water to feel well and breed. Can survive for a while in slightly alkaline water, but usually no offspring survive after hatching. Adults seem to be shorter lived in alkaline water, too.

Food:

Algae, fish food (flake, pellets etc)

Origin:

Southern China

Larval Development Type:

Completely Suppressed: Young assume a benthic lifestyle after hatching, i.e. they are miniature versions of the adults. There is no planktonic larval stage.

The Chinese Zebra Shrimp is very similar to the Bee Shrimp.  They are extremely closely related species and there is a possibility that the Bee Shrimp and the Chinese Zebra shrimp might even be the same species or subspecies of each other.  Its requirements are identical to the Bee Shrimp's. In contrast to the bee shrimp this shrimp has very little to no black coloration and only some individuals.  However, the six bright white stripes make this shrimp a very attractive addition to an invertebrate aquarium. 

It breeds readily in most aquaria and the young have a very nice "candy cane" type of  brown and white striped coloration (*very* similar to bee shrimp young) , which later turns into the adult coloration as seen in the pictures above. 

This shrimp thrives in soft, acidic to neutral water and reproduction can decrease significantly in harder and more basic water. However, as with all shrimp it can be kept and reproduces successfully in water around the neutral PH value (plus or minus).

This Chinese Zebra Shrimp will readily cross with the , Bee Shrimp, Crystal Red Shrimp and the Tiger Shrimp. The Bumblebee Shrimp might also cross with this shrimp, but it is less likely to do so since it seems to be a completely different species. Either way, most shrimp species should not be housed together to avoid possible hybrids.

This shrimp is very rarely imported and hence extremely rare in the hobby, not just in the US but anywhere in the world. Again, I am not aware of anyone else breeding this species in the US.  Hopefully, this will change soon.

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