It's easy to see where the Bumble Bee Shrimp gets its name. This adorable shrimp will be sure to make a buzz in your peaceful freshwater aquarium. Its beautiful sparkling gold and black stripes add a desirable ornamental quality while its purposeful pursuit for algae and organic debris makes the Bumble Bee Shrimp an invaluable aquarium cleanup crew.
Ornamental freshwater shrimp such as the Bumble Bee 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, Bumble Bee 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, Bumble Bee 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 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, Bumble Bee Shrimp are sensitive to copper. Copper-based medications should never be used in aquariums housing ornamental invertebrates. Do not house Bumble Bee Shrimp in aquariums with loaches, puffers, and other larger carnivores that will feed on invertebrates.
Bumble Bee Shrimp are omnivores that are accustomed to eating small pieces of algae, detritus and left-over food. If insufficient food is present, supplement with algae tablets or quality flake food or pellets.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 3/4"