Feeding Red Cherry Shrimp
Shrimp are what I would call detrivores, this mean that they eat decaying plant and animal matter, they sift through detritus with their little hair cover claws which I think look like eyelashes, in essence, what they are doing is sweeping food into their mouths, this is very evident on large fan species of shrimp.
Feeding Cherry shrimp in the correct tank setup is very simple, they typically will consume 70% of food from the tank itself (This is why macronutrients dosing can be of help) in the form of biofilm, algae and other microfauna.
The Rule I have always used is to add a small amount of food to the tank and watch the shrimps reaction ..if they all rush to it and eat the food you are doing well however if they sit back and hide then there could be a problem with overfeeding and poor water quality.
The solution as always would be to cut back on the food, Once a week you should also feed a bacterial product to the tank to keep the bacteria number up which the shrimp also benefit from in the form of food and clean water.
Best foods are spinach kale and nettles but you can also give them other green foods, I will leave a video below on feeding shrimp but shrimp should be fed no more than they will eat in 2 hours and then remove the rest.
Below is my own brand of shrimp food that I have tailor-made for Shrimp
Nettle Mix Shrimp Food 20g
This shrimp food is designed for all aquarium shrimp including the adults and the young.It’s also suitable for all species of shrimp and crayfish including the very common Cherry Shrimp and Crystal Red Shrimp.
As the name suggests this shrimp foods main ingredient is Nettle which is absolutely packed with vitamins and minerals which are essential for health shrimp to grow.
Cherry Shrimp Tankmates?
Can you keep shrimp and fish together? Shrimp, in general, are best kept in individual tanks where the owner can look after there needs, Tanks, where fish are present, are a problem because all fish will predate on Shrimp of all sizes, as a rule, I say the two do not go together.
Breeding Red Cherry shrimp
Breeding Cherry Shrimp is very simple if you follow the guidelines show above and is more of a collection of a lot of conditions being good for them than any one thing I could write down here..clean water at the correct temperature and good food go along way to helping shrimp breed.As a conditioner to get my shrimp producing more baby shrimp you can once a week feed them a high protein food, for this, I like to use bloodworm.
If you have to feed them properly and give them a well-balanced diet they should be ready to breed at the 3-month-old stage, female cherry shrimp will have a bright green or yellow saddle in the back this is where the eggs are stored after being passed down from the ovaries
after a female has molted a male will mate with her, after approximately 3 weeks at 23c the young should be ready to hatch out, the females at this time will often go and find a nice dark spot to hide while she releases the young.
The young after being born are very small and tend to be stationary for the first few days but they will move to find food.. shrimp at this age molt a lot as I mentioned in the above section until they are adults which takes roughly 2 months.
How many cherry shrimp should I buy?
Typically you should give yourself the best chance of success by buying a good number of numbers to start with ..10 is a very good number for a few reasons, The first is shrimp do like to hide in the beginning so its better for your viewing pleasure to start with more than less.
Another common statement I see a lot is people declaring is that they have all the same sex !! 99% of the time the shrimp are just to young to see any real difference. A secondary problem can arise from buying to little shrimp and overfeeding, In my opinion, tanks with a good number of shrimp start out better than those with just a few in it.This is because the more mouths you have to feed the less chance there is of you polluting the tank by putting too much food in.
So how do you sex Cherry Shrimp?
Cherry Shrimp are very easy to sex a ripe female will be large and ether have a saddle (think like a horses saddle) in its back that can range from bright green to bright yellow or be berried, berried is a term we use to describe the female holding the eggs in the belly region.
Males, on the other hand, can be very clear in comparison, smaller and be more streamlined, I like to think they are made this way be able to swim faster. This is evident when a female has molted because you will see the shrimp dance as the males search the entire aquarium for that female that just molted.
There is a chemical called chitin that is released as a female starts the molting process that drives the males into a frenzy, after the female has molted a male will seek her out to mate with ..its not uncommon for females to be harassed to death at this point as they are very vulnerable so please provide them with some hiding places and a few floating plants.
Depending on the temperature you should be able to see baby Cherry Shrimp in 3-4 week. Do not worry if you see nothing because they are very good at hiding and more often than not you will have lots and lots of tiny Red Cherry Shrimp In the tank.After being born cherry shrimp will often be tiny see-through versions of their parents. do not worry if you don’t see a lot of them in the beginning, they start out life at just under 1mm in size.
Young shrimp at this age tend to molt a lot so it is important that you feed them a powdered food such as Pure Nordics Nutridust or BacterAE, If these are not available, you can also use organic pollen.