Blue Bee Shrimp – In the first moment you imagine an intensely shimmering blue-striped shrimp. This picture does not quite correspond to reality. There are often blue parts in the Blue Bee pattern, but the pattern consists mainly of white, brown, black and reddish colour elements. Nevertheless, the shrimp is very pretty to look at with its colour bands. The females are more intensively coloured than the males. Despite its name, the Blue Bee is not a bee shrimp, but belongs to the Paracaridina family. The shrimp only grows to about two centimeters.
The Blue Bee shrimp are not too demanding in terms of keeping. Before they can move into an aquarium, however, a few precautions must be taken. The shrimp feel comfortable in a densely planted environment. Especially when they move into a new aquarium, they like to hide. Moss, such as Java or Christmas moss, is very suitable for the Blue Bee shrimp aquarium because they like to graze it. Apart from the plants, the water with the appropriate values is important. The shrimp aquarium should be filled with soft to medium-hard water. Tap water should be treated accordingly.
The pH value should be between 6.5 and 7.5. The comfortable temperature of the shrimp is between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. Of course it is also important that the water in the aquarium is clean. 10 to 30 percent of the water should be changed weekly. This way germs have no chance of spreading in the tank. Also the bottom, which can consist of gravel or sand, should be cleaned regularly. Brown leaves are very popular with shrimp for two reasons: firstly, they like to eat the dead leaves. Secondly, they can hide well under the leaves. The filling capacity of the aquarium should be at least 20 litres.
Apart from brown autumn foliage, Blue Bee shrimps can also taste algae coverings and biofilm. They usually find this type of food in their aquarium without external influences. This should always be taken into consideration when additional feeding. The shrimps should be fed mainly vegetable-based food. Nettles, spinach leaves and other vegetables are well suited. Once or twice a week the diet may also be richer in protein. Then the Blue Bees can be fed special protein food or small insects. Freshly hatched young animals are particularly good to be fed with powdered food.
The Blue Bee is still relatively unknown in the shrimp world. The fact that it cannot yet be bred to be hereditary is shown by the diversity of its pattern, especially in terms of colouring. Apart from this, however, breeding is not particularly difficult. If the living conditions in the aquarium are right, the Blue Bee Shrimp will most likely reproduce in large numbers. The shrimp are group animals and should be kept in groups of 10 to 20 shrimp. With this number, it is very likely that both females and males will be found in the group.
At the beginning of the gestation period, the eggs in the female’s womb glow bright red. Towards the end of the gestation period, the eggs take on a darker colour. The female is pregnant for about 4 weeks before the eggs hatch into fully developed young. Between 10 and 15 juveniles are born per litter, which is considerably less than with other dwarf shrimp species. This is because the Blue Bee is smaller than many other shrimp of its kind. About every four weeks the aquarium keeper can look forward to having offspring. The shrimp are peaceful animals. The parents will not harm the young. However, you should make sure that fish or other aquatic animals in the aquarium do not mistake the small shrimp for food.
Blue Bee shrimp are peaceful animals. However, as they are very small, they are eaten by their fellow inhabitants in the aquarium. A species tank would therefore be ideal for the small shrimp. However, if you would like to socialize them, you can put them together with snails(note: no predatory snails!). If they are kept together with other shrimp, there is a risk of them crossing.