Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp for Tropical Aquariums: Diamond Shrimp
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Diamond Shrimp
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Diamond Shrimp (Caridina cf cantonensis)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy - Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Red
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 60-80° F, KH 3-10, pH 6.0-7.6
Max. Size 1"
Origin Captive-Bred
Family Atyidae
Minimum Tank Size 10 gallons
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Overview

Diamond Shrimp make eye catching and functional additions to any peaceful freshwater aquarium. Its multi coloration adds a beautiful ornamental quality while its purposeful pursuit for algae and organic debris makes the Diamond Shrimp an invaluable aquarium cleanup crew. Variable colors of Black, White and Orange cover the shrimp’s body.

The Diamond Shrimp have gained popularity thanks to their large appetite for all kinds of freshwater algae. These highly adaptable shrimp do well in any freshwater aquarium with good filtration and water quality. However, Diamond Shrimp will thrive in planted aquariums where food and shelter are abundant.

If there is a male and female in your aquarium Diamond Shrimp will most likely breed. The female will carry a clutch of yellowish eggs under her tail until they hatch in about 30 days. The newly born shrimp will look like miniature adult shrimp and will eat the same thing as the adults. If breeding these shrimp, it is important to keep them in a breeder aquarium with a sponge filter. This added precaution helps maximize survival of young shrimp.

Like all invertebrates, Diamond Shrimp are sensitive to copper. Copper-based medications should never be used in aquariums housing ornamental invertebrates. Do not house Diamond Shrimp in aquariums with loaches, puffers, and other larger carnivores that will feed on invertebrates.

Diamond Shrimp are omnivores that will consume algae, detritus and left-over food. If insufficient food is present, supplement with algae tablets or quality flake food or pellets.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/4" to 1/2"

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