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Blue Velvet Cherry Shrimp, (Neocaridina heteropoda var. 'blue velvet')

Neocaridina heteropoda var. 'b
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Scientific name: Neocaridina heteropoda var. 'blue velvet'
Common name: Blue Velvet Cherry Shrimp
Difficulty level: Easy
Origin: Taiwan

Setting up a Blue Velvet Cherry Shrimp Aquarium.

Blue Velvet Cherry Shrimp Requirements:
As with all dwarf shrimp, a large aquarium is not needed to keep Blue Velvet Cherries and a setup of at least 10L should be more than enough to sustain a colony. Some aquarists choose to keep them in even smaller tanks, but these will be a lot more difficult to keep stable and are less suitable for beginners. All aquariums, including Blue velvet Cherry shrimp tanks, should be filtered and cycled. A sponge filter or a regular filter with a pre-filter sponge is recommended for when keeping dwarf shrimp, as their fry are very small and can easily get sucked up by powerful filters. A heater is usually not a necessity if the setup is located in a heated room, although you can choose to go for one if you want to make sure the temperature remains stable. All shrimp will feel safest (and thus display bright coloration and behave naturally) when plenty of hiding places are present in their aquarium. This can be anything from live plants to special shrimp tubes.

Blue Velvet Cherry Shrimp Water Quality:
Blue Velvet Cherry shrimp, especially the lower and less heavily selectively bred grades, are not too demanding when it comes to water quality and will do well in a wide range of water parameters. Just be sure to never introduce them into an uncycled tank, as they are very sensitive to ammonia and nitrites, and keep water values as stable as possible. Water quality can be tested using a liquid test kit; test regularly to make sure everything is still in order. Be sure to do regular water changes to keep nitrates in check.

pH: 6.2-8.0
Temperature: 18-29.5 °C
gH: 4-8
kH: 3-15
TDS (Total Dissolved Solids): 150-250

Blue Velvet Cherry Shrimp Tank Mates:
Blue Velvet Cherry shrimp, like other dwarf shrimp, are very peaceful and vulnerable. They will never harm any tank mates but will easily fall prey to hungry fish. If you keep higher and more expensive grades it might be a good idea to set up a single species aquarium, though peaceful inverts like other shrimp and small snails are always a possibility. Aquarists who keep lower grade Blue Cherry shrimp and don't mind losing some of their stock can keep them with some peaceful tank mates. The shrimp should usually breed quickly enough to sustain the population despite regular casualties provided there are enough hiding places.

We suggest suitable tank mates like - Micro Rasbora, Celestial Pearl Danios, Emerald Dwarf Rasbora, Endler Guppy, Pygmy Cory Catfish, Oto Catfish, Ember Tetra, Sparkling Gourami, Chocolate Gourami, Dwarf Pencilfish, Kubotai Rasbora, Coral Red Pencilfish and Purple Pencilfish.

Blue Velvet Cherry Shrimp Diet:
In the wild, the Blue Velvet Cherry shrimp's ancestor will eat anything it can find; its diet consists mostly of algae and aufwuchs. In the aquarium blue velvet cherries will also feed on algae and the tiny organisms living in plants and other organic material, but their diet will usually have to be supplemented. A high-quality shrimp food can be used as a staple. They will also accept blanched vegetables, frozen foods and all kinds of sinking fish foods.

Breeding Blue Velvet Cherry Shrimp:
Breeding Blue Velvet Cherry shrimp is not considered difficult at all, which makes them a great option for beginners looking to try their hand at shrimp breeding. As long as water parameters are in order the shrimp will reproduce readily, with females carrying eggs pretty much all the time.

Blue Velvet Cherry Shrimp Grading:
Blue Velvet Cherry shrimp were selectively bred from shrimp with a brownish colour. Breeders are always working to produce shrimp with an even more intense blue colour, which has lead to a number of different grades being established in order to be able to assess a shrimp's "quality". The more opaque and intense the blue colouration, the higher the grade the shrimp will fall into.