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Black King Kong (Caridina cantonensis var. 'king kong')

Caridina cf cantonensis
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Black King Kong shrimp a.k.a BKK, they are mostly black with one or two white stripes on the back.

Black King Kong shrimp are a variety of Taiwan Bee shrimp, they are a mutation of crystal red, crystal black, and golden bee shrimp. Like all Caridina shrimp, black king kongs prefer clean, soft acidic water with a pH of 6 - 6.8, and gH of 4 - 6, they require cool temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C.

Aquarium must be fully cycled with a lot of biofilms and plants for them to graze on. Ammonia and nitrite should always be zero, nitrate under 25ppm. Weekly water change of 10-20% is suggested to keep the nitrate low. Feed only 2-3 times a week as overfeeding will cause shrimp death.

Breeding black king kong shrimp is the same as breeding crystal red shrimp. Female shrimp will carry the eggs for about 30 days until they are hatched to miniature size of their parents. It is important to have a well established aquarium in order for the shrimplets to survive as they can only consume biofilms until they grow older.

Common Name: BKK, Black King Kong Shrimp , Taiwan Bee
Scientific name: Caridina cf Cantonesis
Maximum Size: 2.5cm

Water Parameters:
pH 6.0 - 6.8
gH 4 - 6
kH 0 - 1
TDS 120 - 150
Temperature 20 – 25C

Shipping Size: 1cm Approx (unsexed, Juvenile/sub-adults)
Genetics: Possible to hold Pinto, Panda and Shadow Gene