Select Aquatics of Erie CO.
         Neocaridina sp. Algea eating Shrimp

        Common Name- Originally Sold as "Blue" Grass Shrimp

        Water Conditions- Not Critical.
        Temp. 68-78 Degrees

        Behavior- Leaves Fry Alone, Peaceful, Active, Breeds Readily.
        Eats Algea, All Foods. May be Eaten by some Fish, particularly

        Size- About 1/2 inch.
         Price- $1.00 each

                   20+ = $25


   These were obtained around 2003, and are used to keep the tanks clean of  algea and
   excess food. Clear as young, adults often color up many shades of blue to black, or
   brown with a white stripe down their back.

   They require Java moss or other fine leaved plants to hide in. They do not bother livebearer
   young, but they will eat the eggs of other fish. They are fairly active, prolific, and by breeding
   just the occasional blue individuals, they can be returned to the all blue strain they were
   originally. My experience has been that they do not do well when kept in temperatures warmer
   than 78 degrees. The female carries her eggs under her tail, eventually releasing about
   30 as they hatch together into very tiny copies of the adults.

   They are occasionally eaten by some fish, such as most cichlids and some goodeids.
   Swordtails and guppies do not bother them- most all of the tanks in my fishroom contain
   a healthy population of them. You will need to test whether the fish in your tank will leave
   them alone.

   When you receive this shrimp, keep them until an obviously young-laden female can be moved
   into a 1 or 2 gallon container with fine leaved plants, and keep her there until she is no longer
   carrying the dark mass of young under her tail. (up to 3-4 weeks). I will send at least one female
   carrying young with each shipment. The young are barely visible duplicates of the adults, and
   grow quickly raised on crushed fish food, feeding small amounts every other day. Release into
   tank when about 1/4" long, and they will then establish themselves. Each laden female will drop
   approximately 30 young. For further care information, click Here for the Care Guide.


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