Orange Rili Shrimp
Scientific Name: Neocaridina Davidi
Wild Origin: Asia
Adult Size: 1.25in
Orange Rili Shrimp make a striking and dynamic addition to a freshwater aquarium due to its beautiful orange and translucent white coloration, which stands out beautifully contrasted against a dark substrate.
The Orange Rili Shrimp is a color variant of the Orange Sakura Shrimp. Orange Sakura Shrimp are a product of the selective breeding of the Red Cherry Shrimp for vibrant red and orange coloration. Orange Rili Shrimp were created by selecting for their bold translucent white and orange striping, and have become a very stable line. Orange Rili Shrimp are consistently bright orange with Translucent white striping. Typically the striping pattern is orange at the head and front part of the body with a translucent white stripe in the middle body and an orange tail. There can be variations depending on the breeding line.
These shrimp are very active as they scavenge the tank, cleaning up waste. They love to feed off of naturally occurring biofilm and algae, especially in a planted tank. For this reason, they can be quite low maintenance; in fact, they can even help keep your tank clean! Orange Rili Shrimp can withstand a pretty wide range of water parameters, and their life expectancy can be up to 2 years if they are kept well. These shrimp are eager breeders, making them a great choice for beginners to freshwater shrimp breeding. Orange Rili Shrimp are not an aggressive species, and this combined with their versatility makes them a good option as tank companions.
Key Features & Important Notes
- Tank-raised specimen
- Bright, bold color and pattern
- Shrimp are excellent scavengers and will happily feed on biofilm, decaying plant matter, and algae
- To increase survival rates, please allow 2-3 business days after placing an order to properly prepare live animal shipments
Recommended Water Parameters
Listed information should be treated as general guidelines only. We encourage you to do thorough research before committing to keeping any livestock.
- Temperature Range: 65 – 80 F
- pH: 7.2-7.6
- TDS: 250-300
- GH: 8
- KH: 8
Recommended Tank Size
5+ gallons, minimum. Tank size is relative and various factors should be considered when determining tank size. Factors include maintenance schedules, tank mates, desired colony size and more.
Algae, biofilm, diatoms, decaying plant matter, spirulina powder, bee pollen, plant-based shrimp pellets/wafers, blanched vegetables
Sexing these shrimp can be somewhat difficult until the shrimp begin to mature. Females have slightly larger tails and display a “saddle” formation on the upper body, behind the head, where eggs are stored before fertilization. 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.
Orange Rili Shrimp are eager breeders given comfortable water parameters and a sufficient food source. Once the shrimp reach maturity, and if there are males and females present, they should breed naturally and frequently. It is recommended to purchase 8-10 shrimp to ensure that there are enough male-female pairs for successful breeding. When female shrimp have eggs available for fertilization, they will molt and release pheromones that the male shrimp respond to with frenzy.
Once the shrimp breed, the eggs will gestate for about 2 weeks. The shrimp fry will feed from the same food sources as adult shrimp and will molt frequently during their early life stages. Leave molted shells in the tank, as the shrimp fry will consume them for extra minerals like calcium that will help their growth. Keep in mind that if you are keeping shrimp with other species of fish, or possibly aggressive shrimp species, this may affect reproduction. If the shrimp feel threatened or don’t have places in your tank to hide they may not breed.
Check out our blog article to learn how to breed freshwater shrimp.