Especially nicely colored female Red Cherry Shrimp with eggs.
A group of very nicely colored red cherry shrimp.
Male Red Cherry Shrimp.
A young adult female Red Cherry Shrimp that has not fully colored out yet. The same shrimp can be as red as some of the shrimp above in just a few weeks or months.
The red cherry shrimp is a red color variation of the dwarf shrimp Neocaridina denticulata sinensis, which hails from southern China, Taiwan and northern Vietnam and which has even been widely introduced into Hawaii. The red variety of the shrimp was originally bred in Taiwan. The red color variation of N. denticulata sinensis does not occur in the wild.
The red coloration of this shrimp depends on several factors such as mood, water conditions and food. Hence, when these shrimp first arrive in new aquaria after shipping, they have very little red on their bodies and most animals are extremely pale. The red coloration returns with time and when the shrimp finally settle in, they maintain their red coloration at all times. Young animals also need quite some time to become fully colored out. Females who are carrying eggs are especially deep red, whereas males tend to be much paler than females (see picture of male above). However, females start carrying eggs before they are fully colored up (see picture above).
These animals also display a wide range of temperature tolerance. My shrimp were kept at temperatures between 50°F and 86°F and were eating even at the 50°F mark. Others report that they have kept these shrimp in garden ponds in frost free environments where the Red Cherries were able to withstand temperatures in the 30s°F. Breeding, however, seems to only take place at temperatures of 68°F and above.
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