Red Cherry Shrimp

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Description of the Red Cherry Shrimp

The Red Cherry Shrimp is a popular freshwater aquarium shrimp. They are Omnivores so eat both meat and plant material particularly algae but is prey for a variety of other fish, particularly angel fish. It is vital these shrimps are kept with small less aggressive fish such as Tetras. The red cherry shrimp will shed its skin (exoskeleton) occasionally. It is important to leave this 'ghost skin' in the aquarium as the shrimp will obtain valuable vitamins by eating it!

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Red Cherry Shrimp

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Popular Name: Red Cherry Shrimp
Species: Neocaridina heteropoda

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

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 14-30 DegreesPH: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 Red 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 Cherry Shrimp - Red Shrimp

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Arthropoda

  • Order: Decapoda

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Red 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 Red Cherry Shrimp slimy?
Red Cherry Shrimp secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Red 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 Red Cherry Shrimp have gills?
Gills enable the Red 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 do the Red Cherry Shrimp have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Red Cherry Shrimp has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Red Cherry Shrimp has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Red Cherry Shrimp has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Red Cherry Shrimp has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Red Cherry Shrimp

Red Cherry Shrimp

  • Interesting Information about Red Cherry Shrimp

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Red Cherry Shrimp slimy?

  • Why do the Red Cherry Shrimp have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Red Cherry Shrimp have fins?

  • Species: Neocaridina heteropoda

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