Chocolate Cherry Shrimp make an eye catching and functional addition to any peaceful freshwater aquarium. Its chocolate red coloration adds a beautiful ornamental quality while its purposeful pursuit for algae and organic debris makes the Chocolate Cherry Shrimp an invaluable aquarium cleanup crew. Chocolate Cherry Shrimp are adored for their lovely chocolate-like coloration.
Ornamental freshwater shrimp such as the Chocolate Cherry Shrimp have gained popularity thanks to their hearty appetite for all kinds of freshwater algae. These highly adaptable shrimp do well in most freshwater aquariums with good filtration and water quality. However, Chocolate Cherry Shrimp will thrive in planted aquariums where food and shelter are abundant. For "shrimp-only" setups, Neocaridina shrimp can be kept in a dedicated aquarium of at least 3 gallons in size or a colony or breeding tank of least 10 gallons in size.
If there is a male and female in your aquarium, Chocolate Cherry Shrimp will most likely breed. The female will carry a clutch of 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 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, Chocolate Cherry Shrimp are sensitive to copper. Copper-based medications should never be used in aquariums housing ornamental invertebrates. Do not house Chocolate Cherry Shrimp in aquariums with loaches, puffers, and other larger carnivores that will feed on invertebrates.
Chocolate Cherry 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"