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Crystal Black Shrimp, SS Grade

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A popular shrimp in the hobby is the crystal black shrimp, sometimes called the bee shrimp. Its coloration and difficulty is what makes this a sought after shrimp for serious breeders and novices alike. Once you see this species in person you will realize why so many shrimp hobbyists are in love with the crystal black shrimp. Its coloration is unlike any other shrimp in the hobby.  There are 15 differant grades of crystal shrimp this item you are buying is a SS Grade crystal black shrimp.  For more information on grading CBS please see Crystal Shrimp Grading.

A shrimp highly recommend that all shrimp hobbyists at some point acquire this species. A species-only tank is best, unfortunately many new keepers wish to have them as part of a community often because we have only one tank and want as much variety and interest as possible. The shrimp suffer and often hide from the fish in this type of situation, depriving us of the most enjoyment and depriving the shrimp of the most suitable habitat.  For more information on feeding please see Crystal Black Shrimp.


Maximum Size:

male/female 1.5cm  / 2cm


Water Conditions:

Temperature: 23 - 26°C

pH: 6.5 to 7.5

Hardness: 50 - 100 ppm



The foods commonly used are pre-made shrimp food, spinach, bloodworm, seaweed, and algae wafers. There are several different brands of Shrimp food as well as different sizes of the food and even powdered food for young shrimp. For more information on feeding please see Crystal Black Shrimp.


Behaviour and Compatibility:

There are some compatible tankmates for shrimp.  Any larger fish will frighten shrimp whether predating or not. Obviously depending on what you initially want and size of tank, choices may vary from many varieties of dwarf shrimp with the biggest concern being cross breeding of the various species.

Most aquarium shrimp strains are chosen for there high coloration. This is an exaggerated trait that reduces the shrimps camouflage abilities and tends to make them more interesting to most fish.  Basically any fish that can fit a shrimp in it's mouth will most likely eat a shrimp. Once fish associate the shrimp with food they will quickly hunt down all shrimp in a tank, Some micro fish are not inclined to do this and exceptions exist to almost any rule. 
If you intend to breed shrimp then no fish is best as baby shrimp are so small that they will inevitably be eaten by even the most mild mannered of fish. Just think baby brine shrimp are one of the most popular foods for fish breeders. Even shrimp will consume dead and sick tank mates.