Shrimp originate from Japan and Asia where they are found living naturally living in streams and swamps. They have gained popularity due to their lovely colour but also their appetite for all kinds of algae - this makes them perfect for the planted aquarium. They are peaceful, and are a great addition to any peaceful freshwater aquarium.
These shrimp prefer a well planted tank with lots of hiding places. They should be housed with small peaceful fish which will not pose a threat of eating these shrimp - they can be housed with larger fish but they will hide and may end up being dinner. They prefer water that is slightly acidic, but will handle a wide range of water temperatures. Cherry Shrimp breed in freshwater providing they are happy with their water conditions and their environment. They are omnivores and consume algae and any fish food they can find or scavenge. We recommend you supplement their diet with one of the shrimp foods available here at Aqua Essentials.
How our shrimp arrive with you?
We take shipping of our shrimp very seriously and every effort is made to ensure they arrive with you in the same strong and healthy condition as they were sent in. We place them in a bag with no air - this is because their is plenty of oxygen in the water and by leaving air in the bag the water movement is increased causing the shrimp to get bashed around.
We put a small handful of filter wool in the bag - this is for the shrimp to hold on to. Shrimp are much happier when they have something to hold on to and provides cushioning and stability for them. The bag is placed in a small strong cardboard with plenty of shredded paper to protect them. Shredded paper also provides warmth. The cardboard box provides insulation as well.
The shrimp are then sent via Express Delivery only so they arrive with you the very next day.
We recommend that you acclimatise your shrimp well before placing them in their new home. You will receive a care sheet with your shrimp with instructions of how to do this.