Blue Cherry Shrimp: Introducing the “Blue Dream” Dwarf Freshwater Shrimp
The first dwarf shrimp variation that often draws people to start keeping shrimp is the blue cherry shrimp. Known for their bright and vibrant colors, they can be easily distinguished from other varieties of shrimps by their striking hue of blue.
This variety breeds off an already popular wild form which explains why it has similar care requirements as red cherry shrimps do – easy-to-keep with little effort to maintain water conditions while also being fun to watch!
The Blue Cherry Shrimp offers many benefits that make this one species worth trying out yourself or giving as a gift, especially if you’re a new or experienced owner.
Scientific name: Neocaridina davidi var. Blue, formerly Neocaridina heteropoda var. Blue
Common names: Blue velvet shrimp, blue cherry shrimp, blue dream cherry shrimp
Difficulty keeping level: Easy
Setting up a blue cherry shrimp aquarium
Blue Cherry Shrimp Requirements
Blue Cherry shrimp are the perfect pet for beginners. They’re not demanding when it comes to housing; just a 20-litre aquarium is good enough–although more space means better chances of success in this hobby as the water conditions are more stable. Shrimp require a consistent environment.
Blue cherry can also be kept in smaller containers if you have experience with them, but ensure water quality stays at top-notch levels, so these little guys stay healthy and happy!
Blue cherry shrimp are sensitive to ammonia and nitrites, so they must be kept at 0. Nitrates should also stay low; if you’re looking to breed your blue velvets, use a sponge filter or prefilter sponge when possible for the fry as they can quickly become sucked into most filters.
Shrimp need to feel safe to thrive, and live plants will do you a world of good. Plant plenty of Java moss around your shrimp tank because it’s the perfect place for fry or newborn babies that are still too small for tubes. Tubes, caves (like cholla wood), and other hides like rocks can be used as a refuge when they’re about to molt their exoskeleton!
Blue cherry shrimp water quality
The blue velvet shrimp is a species of dwarf shrimps that are not as sensitive and great for beginners or those who want a low-maintenance pet. If your tank has fully cycled, it will work well with the environment, but other than stable conditions, you must keep all water values within certain limits by testing regularly using a liquid test kit.
Some people may not think about it too much, but blue cherry shrimp can survive a wide range of temperatures. This means that room temperature is suitable for these animals, and no heater needs to be added if the weather in your area doesn’t fluctuate often.
Temperature: 18-30 °C
Total Dissolved Solids: 150-250
Blue cherry shrimp tankmates
If you’ve always wanted to breed your blue cherry shrimp but have been hesitant because of breeding difficulties, here are some ideas for tankmates that could help. Caridina shrimp need similar water values as those found in a Neocaridina variety and might work well with Thai micro crabs or snails. Remember not to mix different varieties, though, as this will result in brown offspring who aren’t true-breeding
If you’re looking forward to raising baby Blue Cherry Shrimp (Caridina sp.), it’s best if there are just one species present at any given time–especially since crossbreeding them can lead to wild type colored babies instead of ones from the same lineage
If you want to have shrimp in your community aquarium, blue cherry shrimp are among the best choice. Even peaceful fish will snag a fry every now and then, but it usually balances out as long as plenty of cover is provided for them; not just plants either–they need places they can hide all over the tank! Stick with only other peaceful species because carnivorous ones may be able to wipe out an entire colony in days if given half a chance.
Blue cherry shrimp diet
Dwarf shrimp-like blue cherry are omnivores that thrive on a varied diet. You will constantly see them foraging and picking biofilm off any surface they can find, but don’t forget to regularly supplement their diet with high-quality food made just for dwarf shrimp! There are many out there, including shrimp food, frozen foods, algae tabs, and tropical fish foods; the only limit is your imagination (and budget)! To add some extra variation, you can offer blanched veggies or nettle leaves as treats. Practically anything these little guys eat goes right down without hesitation – what’s not to love?
Breeding blue cherry shrimp
Blue cherry shrimp are great freshwater shrimp to start breeding because they are easy to breed and make for an interesting first project. It is important to have both males (smaller, less intense coloration) and females (larger, brighter blue), as well as making sure the water quality is high so that your shrimp stay healthy.
Females soon start carrying bunches of eggs between their back legs. These hatch into tiny new shrimp after around 30 days and the fry can be left in the main tank to quickly grow up.
The blue cherry shrimp has a range of colors. Higher quality specimens have intense coloration and can be selectively bred to produce higher-quality offspring, but the differences in healthiness between different grades are minimal at best.
Are blue shrimp the same as cherry shrimp?
Neocaridina davidi var. Blue, also known as the blue velvet shrimp, is a dwarf shrimp variation that was bred from the same wild form as its more popular red cherry cousin and shares many of the same care requirements. Although smaller in size than other varieties (miniature), this variety has been favored by hobbyists for decades due to its rich coloration, which ranges between deep navy blue and light sky-blue hues depending on their moods!
What is the lifespan of a cherry shrimp?
Blue Cherry Shrimp are tricky little critters that can have a lifespan anywhere from one year to up to three depending on the conditions of their environment. They’ll do best in tanks with plenty of hiding places and live plants for cover, but they also need gravel at the bottom, so it’s like an open floor plan – few walls! These shrimp enjoy being able to explore around without feeling claustrophobic.