Setting up a cherry shrimp tank

Setting up a cherry shrimp tank

Neocaridina shrimp, also known as Cherry shrimp or Red Cherry shrimp, are a popular choice for aquarium enthusiasts due to their bright coloration and easy care. These small freshwater shrimp are native to Taiwan and are known for their hardy nature, making them a great option for beginners. In this article, we will discuss the steps for setting up a Neocaridina shrimp tank.

  1. Choose the appropriate size tank. Neocaridina shrimp are small and do not require a lot of space. A 10-gallon tank is sufficient for a small group of shrimp, but you can opt for a larger tank if you want to keep a larger group or add other tank inhabitants. It's important to note that these shrimp produce a lot of waste, so it's essential to have a properly-sized filter to keep the water clean.

  2. Select the appropriate substrate. Neocaridina shrimp prefer a soft, sandy substrate that is easy on their delicate legs. You can use a substrate specifically designed for shrimp or a fine, grainy sand. Avoid using large-grained substrates or those with sharp edges, as these can damage the shrimp's legs.

  3. Add some hiding places. Neocaridina shrimp are timid creatures and will appreciate having plenty of places to hide. You can add small caves, plants, or even PVC pipes to provide hiding places for the shrimp.

  4. Choose the right plants. Neocaridina shrimp are not picky when it comes to plants and will do well in a variety of aquatic plants. Some good options include Anubias, Java Fern, and mosses. It's important to choose plants that are suitable for the size of your tank and do not require intense lighting or high maintenance.

  5. Set up the filtration and lighting. Neocaridina shrimp are sensitive to water quality and need a properly functioning filter to keep the water clean. Choose a filter that is appropriate for the size of your tank and perform regular water changes to keep the water fresh. As for lighting, these shrimp do not require intense lighting and will do well with a low to moderate light level.

  6. Acclimate your shrimp. When introducing your shrimp to the tank, it's important to acclimate them slowly to the new environment. This can be done by floating the bag of shrimp in the tank for about 20 minutes to allow the water temperature to equalize. Then, add a small amount of tank water to the bag every 15 minutes until the bag is full. Finally, release the shrimp into the tank.

  7. Feed your shrimp a varied diet. Neocaridina shrimp are omnivores and will benefit from a varied diet. You can feed them a combination of sinking shrimp pellets, blanched vegetables, and frozen or live foods. Avoid overfeeding as this can lead to excess waste and poor water quality.

By following these steps, you can set up a thriving Neocaridina shrimp tank. These hardy and colorful shrimp make a great addition to any freshwater aquarium and can provide hours of entertainment. Just be sure to provide the proper care and attention to ensure their long-term health and happiness.