Cherry Shrimp

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Description of the Cherry Shrimp

The Cherry Shrimp is also known as a Red Shrimp and is a popular freshwater aquarium shrimp. They are Omnivores so eat both meat and plant material particularly algae. Unfortunately the Cherry Shrimp is prey for a variety of other fish, particularly angel fish. It is vital they are kept with small less aggressive fish such as Tetras. They will shed their skin (exoskeleton) occasionally, ensure this 'ghost skin' is left in the aquarium as the shrimp will obtain valuable vitamins by eating it!

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Cherry Shrimp

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Popular Name: Cherry Shrimp
Species: Neocaridina heteropoda

Profile of the Cherry Shrimp
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Cherry Shrimp species.

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 14-30 Degrees   PH:6.5-8.0

  • Diet / Feeding: Algae, Fresh or Frozen Fish Food

  • Temperament: Active, non aggressive animal - prey for many other fish

  • Range: South East Asia

Scientific Classification of the Cherry Shrimp
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Neocaridina heteropoda

  • Popular Name: Red Shrimp - Cherry Shrimp

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Arthropoda

  • Order: Decapoda

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Cherry Shrimp?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Cherry Shrimp slimy?
Cherry Shrimp secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Cherry Shrimp to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Cherry Shrimp have gills?
Gills enable the Cherry Shrimp to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why is the Cherry Shrimp called an Arthropod?
An Arthropod is an invertebrate animal (without a backbone) that has a segmented body with jointed limbs (appendages). True crabs are Decapod Crustaceans. Some species such as Hermit crabs, Porcelain crabs King crabs and Horseshoe crabs are not true crabs!  Decapod Crustaceans have five pairs of legs, the first three are used for feeding. At the end of the limbs are the chelae which is the correct term for pincers or claws.

Interesting Facts and Information about Cherry Shrimp

Cherry Shrimp

  • Interesting Information about Cherry Shrimp

  • Facts about Fish Species - What are Crustaceans?

  • Why do the Crustaceans have an exoskeleton (external skeleton)?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Crustaceans called Arthropods?

  • Species: Neocaridina heteropoda

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