Red Cherry Shrimp (RCS) is a breed of shrimp known as Neocardinal Denticulata Sinensis, are natives of Taiwan. But most of the Cherry Shrimp available in store are bred in captivity. Cherry Shrimps are one of the most common freshwater shrimp. Red Cherry Shrimp has many color/breed in the wild but the read is by far the most popular color in fishkeeping hobby. The bright red color adds beauty to the tank especially with green aquarium plants and black substrate. Among all the freshwater shrimp, red cherry shrimps are extremely hardy and condition tolerant which makes them the best beginner shrimp.
Red Cherry Shrimp are active and are always engaged in finding and harvesting algae and other food sources in the tank. Cherry Shrimp are very easy to keep, they require less care that other freshwater shrimp. Cherry Shrimp are hardy and can adapt to wide range of water conditions but requires stable water perimeters. As long as the water perimeter is stable within the acceptable range for the shrimp, the cherry shrimp flourish in the tank.
Scientific name: Neocardinal Denticulata Sinensis
Lifespan: Average Lifespan 1 – 1.5 years.
Size: 1 inch (2.5 cm) – 1.5 inch (3.81 cm)
Temperature: 19°C/65°F – 27°C/80°F
pH: 6.2 – 7.3 range
Tank Mates: Small fish like tetras, guppy, Zebra Danios, etc. that does not harm them.
Aquarium Size: 2-5 shrimps per gallon of water
Gender: Males are clearer, Female are reddish
There are few elements that are found in tanks water that is very harmful to Cherry Shrimp they are: Ammonia, Nitr, te, and Nitrate. Before adding any shrimp in your tank, you must check your water condition using test kits, your Nitrite and ammonia should be at 0ppm and nitrate should be less than 20ppm. So, doing a constant water change and adding live plants are the excellent ways to reduce these levels. Because a well-maintained filtration system eliminates Ammonia and Nitrate. Whereas, love plants use Nitrate as a source of nitrogen fertilizer eliminating Nitrate from your water perimeter. In planted tank fertilizers with copper are used, which are not recommended for Red Cherry Shrimp. Maintain a good filtration in your shrimp tank and do at least 20% water change adding deionized water every week to create a healthy environment for your shrimp.
Red Cherry Shrimp Tankmates
Red Cherry Shrimp are kept in a tank with small fish that does not harm them or with their own species. They breed quickly and can tolerate a wide range or water condition. They lack defense to be housed with bigger fish eventually gets eaten.
While breeding Cherry Shrimp, Cherry Shrimps are kept with their own species because small offspring can get eaten by small fish like tetra, guppy and so on.
Feeding Red Cherry Shrimp
Feeding RCS is not difficult at all. Red Cherry Shrimp are algae eaters, however, they will eat anything that you offer. A balanced diet with lots of vegetables and processed food are recommended for RCS. Their diet includes fish pallet, edible plant matters, fish flakes, shrimp pellets etc. RCS are scavengers that will help you keep your tank clean by eating uneaten food and debris.
Red Cherry Shrimp and Planted Aquarium
Red Cherry Shrimps are the Best for Planted Aquarium. Their bright red color adds beauty to the tank with the green background. Planted aquarium provides a great hiding place for your shrimp. Another advantage of the planted aquarium is that it is never too clean. Plant sheds edible matter that is one of the best food sources for the fish.
Shrimp and planted tank are a perfect combination for each other in most of the ways, and also disastrous in others. When it comes to disastrous, CO2 injection is probably the biggest killer. When CO2 is dissolved in water, plant absorbers it for photosynthesis. But when the light goes off, CO2 is not utilized by the plant and forms carbonic acid which is toxic to fish and shrimp. For the shrimp though, they cannot handle pH swing or lack of oxygen killing them all.
Aside from CO2 fertilizers with copper are also poisonous to the shrimp which kills them. So using any fertilizer needs to be checked before adding them to RCS tank.