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Black Head Crystal Shrimp
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Black Head Crystal Shrimp (Caridina sp. )
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate - Difficult
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, White
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 70-78° F, KH 3-10, pH 6.0-7.0
Max. Size 1"
Origin Farm Raised
Minimum Tank Size 3 gallons
TDS 100 - 200
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Overview

The Black Head Crystal Shrimp is a striking freshwater shrimp that makes an interesting addition. But most aquarists praise this member of the Atyidae family for its voracious appetite for freshwater algae of all kinds. In addition, the Black Head Crystal Shrimp is both attractive - with bold contrasting colors - and peaceful, which makes it an ideal choice for any peaceful freshwater system. The Black Head Crystal shrimp will display black coloring on the head, or carapace, which is the front section of the shrimp. The abdominal segments, or tail will be mostly white.

Native to the swamps and streams of Japan and Asia, Caridina shrimp species require an established freshwater aquarium with plenty of hiding places, sufficient amounts of algae on which to feed, and a mature substrate. For the best care, house the Black Head Crystal Shrimp with small peaceful fish that will not pose the threat of making a meal of them. Black Head Crystal Shrimp prefer water that is slightly on the acidic side. Indian almond leaves and driftwood will help to naturally soften the aquarium water by releasing tannins and provide a surface for bio film to grow on which the shrimp also include in their diets.

If there is a male and female Black Head Crystal Shrimp in your aquarium, they will most likely breed and the female will carry the eggs under her tail. The newly born shrimp will look like miniature adult shrimp and will eat the same thing as the adults. If breeding the Black Head Crystal Shrimp, it is important to house the hatchlings in a separate aquarium by themselves since most other tank mates will consume the young shrimp.

The Black Head Crystal Shrimp is an omnivore that consumes algae, detritus and left-over food. If insufficient food is present, supplement with a quality flake for or pellet food designed for shrimp.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/3" to 2/3"

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