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Red Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) are a popular choice for freshwater aquarium enthusiasts due to their vibrant color, ease of care, and beneficial algae-eating habits. Here are some key details about them:


  • Color: Typically bright red, though intensity can vary.
  • Size: Generally reach about 1.2 to 1.5 inches (3 to 4 cm) in length.
  • Sexual Dimorphism: Females are larger and more vividly colored than males.


  • Water Temperature: Prefer temperatures between 72-78°F (22-26°C).
  • pH Level: Thrive in a pH range of 6.5 to 8.0.
  • Hardness: They do well in soft to moderately hard water.


  • Algae: Primarily consume algae, making them great for keeping aquariums clean.
  • Supplementary Food: Can be fed with specialized shrimp pellets, blanched vegetables (such as zucchini, spinach), and other plant-based foods.


  • Ease of Breeding: Known for being easy to breed in captivity.
  • Mating: Females carry eggs under their abdomen until they hatch, a period of about 30 days.
  • Juveniles: After hatching, the tiny shrimp are fully formed and require no special care beyond ensuring a clean, safe environment.

Tank Mates

  • Compatibility: Best kept with small, non-aggressive fish or other peaceful invertebrates.
  • Predation Risk: Larger or aggressive fish may see them as food.

Tank Setup

  • Plants and Hiding Places: Benefit from a well-planted tank with plenty of hiding spots, such as moss, driftwood, and rocks.
  • Substrate: Prefer fine, dark substrates that mimic their natural environment.


  • Water Changes: Regular water changes are essential to maintain water quality.
  • Filtration: Gentle filtration is recommended to avoid sucking up small shrimp.

Red Cherry Shrimp are not only beautiful but also beneficial for maintaining a healthy aquarium ecosystem, making them a favorite among aquarists.