Common Name: Extreme Wine Red Shrimp Caridina Cantonensis Care: Intermediate - Difficult Temperature Range:64-76 F pH: 6.0-7.5 TDS: 100-200 ppm GH: 4 - 6 dGH KH: 0 - 2 dKH Life Span: 1 - 2 years Size: 0.75 - 1.25” Diet: Omnivore Habitat: Freshwater, Fully Aquatic Breeding: Easy Gestation Period: 30 Days Our Water Par...Read more
Common Name: Extreme Wine Red Shrimp
Care: Intermediate - Difficult
Temperature Range:64-76 F
TDS: 100-200 ppm
GH: 4 - 6 dGH
KH: 0 - 2 dKH
Life Span: 1 - 2 years
Size: 0.75 - 1.25”
Habitat: Freshwater, Fully Aquatic
Gestation Period: 30 Days
Our Water Parameters:
Temperature Range: 68-76 F
GH: 3 - 5
KH: 0 - 2
Size: .75 - .95"
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The Wine Red Shrimp is a stunning addition to a freshwater aquarium. These shrimp are very rare and valuable, and currently considering one of the most sought-after shrimp in the hobby. As with most shrimp that have been inbred for desirable characteristics, Wine Red Shrimp are difficult to keep.
There is some dispute as to the origin of the Wine Red Shrimp. It could have been a mutation or a complex crossbreed. Wine Red Shrimp have a very striking appearance with a dark red body and a range of white markings, usually with white at the tip of the tail. Some shrimp have solid dark red bodies, some have mostly solid colored bodies with some spotting, while others exhibit thick white bands. Sexing Wine Red Shrimp can be somewhat difficult until the shrimp begin to mature. Female shrimp have slightly larger tails and display a “saddle” formation on the upper body, behind the head, where eggs are stored before fertilization. The saddle can be nearly impossible to identify on this shrimp due to its dark coloration. When female shrimp are “berried”, or have eggs ready for fertilization, the saddle shape will appear more prominent. Once the shrimp are fully-grown the males will be smaller than the females.
Wine Red Shrimp are very sensitive to water conditions, as with many shrimp that are the result of inbreeding for desirable characteristics. It is recommended to use a larger tank for these shrimp, at least 25 gallons. This is in part because it is easier to maintain consistent parameters in a larger tank. Having completely clean, almost drinkable, water is necessary to keep Wine Red Shrimp healthy. There is conflicting information on the best water parameters for these shrimp. They may prefer warmer conditions and neutral pH, but these conditions are not ideal because they can breed nasty pathogens that threaten the shrimp. Water temperature should be between 68°-75° F with a pH of 5-6. There is evidence that low temperature and pH helps protect the shrimp from disease, rather than being their preferential environment.
Wine Red Shrimp are herbivores, and need a controlled diet of blanched spinach or vegetarian shrimp feed. Be sure to remove any excess food that is left after feeding, as this can increase ammonia and nitrite levels. Excess food means that the shrimp are being overfed, which can damage their health and even kill them. When your shrimp molt out of their shell, make sure to leave the shells in the tank. They provide the necessary calcium in the shrimp’s diet.
Breeding Wine Red Shrimp will depend on the line it came from, and what type of shrimp you will breed them to. You’ll want to get some information from the source of your Wine Red Shrimp on their particular genetic history. Survival rates of Wine Red x Wine Red can be as low as 10%, so most breeders choose to cross these shrimp with any of a variety of other Caridinas.
Wine Red Shrimp make an impressive addition to an experienced shrimp hobbyist’s aquarium. If you are looking for the challenge of keeping a very rare and coveted shrimp, Wine Red Shrimp may be for you. Although these shrimp require more care and attention, keeping these stunning and active shrimp can be extremely rewarding.