A Red Cherry Shrimp can be a great little freshwater shrimp to add to an aquarium. Their bright red colour really adds beauty to a tank, especially one loaded with live green aquarium plants and black gravel or substrate. Cherry Shrimp or Neocaridina heteropoda, also known simply as Cherry Shrimp, are natives of Taiwan.
Shrimp care is easy because these invertebrates are pretty low maintenance and self-sufficient. Red Cherry Shrimp are hardy and adaptable to a wide range of water conditions provided the aquarium water remains stable. Water parameters should be in the tropical community.
Red Cherry Shrimp seem to be comfortable in established aquarium water that is on the hard side, with a decent flowing current. The key is to keep water conditions stable, and avoid ammonia spikes, high nitrites, high nitrates. Also be careful when using medications and most importantly avoid copper because it can be fatal to aquarium shrimp.
Red Cherry Shrimp lifespan is about a year, or a little longer if tank conditions are right. That said, they can die soon after being added to a tank. Possibly related to stress caused from shifting water conditions, or stress from being transported.
Red Cherry Shrimp feeding is not difficult at all. Their diet includes commercial food like fish flakes, shrimp pellets, fish pellets, and algae wafers. Red Shrimp diet can also include edible plant matter shed from live aquarium plants. Shrimp are also algae eaters, feeding on forms of soft green or brown algae that grow on hard surfaces, and soft bio-film algae as well.
A good thing Shrimp is that they will breed in a fresh water aquarium.