The Carbon Rili shrimp belongs to the Neocaridina davidi. As the name already indicates, this newer colour variety has a dark grey or black, the colour carbon.
Each shrimp appears in a unique pattern, so that the animals are never quite the same.
Some animals appear almost transparent. Other Carbon Rilli shrimp appear dark grey, bluish black or even brownish to black.
The transparent body part can be translucent or milky, sometimes even bluish.
The keeping of the Carbon Rili shrimp is relatively simple. Even beginners, who are new to shrimp farming for the first time, will get along with this shrimp species well. Nevertheless, especially beginners should familiarize themselves with the basic rules of shrimp farming before buying these attractive animals. The Carbon Rili shrimp are not considered very demanding. They are extremely adaptable, do not place great demands on the water values and feel comfortable in soft as well as medium-hard water. In nature, the Carbon Rili shrimp can be found in flowing and standing waters. Even in nutrient-rich water, the small animals can be kept well.
In a densely planted aquarium with various hiding places, the Carbon Rili shrimp will feel comfortable. This is especially true if sufficient moss, leaves or woods are provided. Since keeping this beginner-friendly shrimp is quite easy, it is easy to have offspring if the conditions are good. Shrimp are group animals, which is why you should always keep at least 10 or more animals in one tank.
The Carbon Rili shrimp is an omnivore and not particularly fussy. It is content with fish food remains, algae, filter bacteria, dead plant parts, leaves and mulm. Especially brown leaves are eaten by shrimp and should not be missing in any aquarium. In order to guarantee optimal nutrition, special shrimp food can be added. This ensures that the animals are provided with sufficient nutrients and minerals and that they can develop optimally. If you want to provide your animals with additional protein, you should give them a special protein food twice a week.
Anyone who wants to breed shrimp should know that there are different types of reproduction. The Carbon Rili shrimp belongs to the specialized reproduction type. This means that it is relatively easy to breed and, if kept in a species-appropriate manner, it is very likely to have offspring. The female shrimp carry the 1.3 mm large eggs under the tail fan and fan them with oxygen. This prevents them from becoming fungus. The gestation period is about three to four weeks. After hatching, the 20 to 40 developed young shrimp are immediately independent. After a very short time they will begin to eat.
In the first few days, the young shrimp hide and stay only in a protected area. They will therefore not be easily seen. The young shrimp can nevertheless be left in the same tank as their parents without any problems and without fear of being eaten by them. Every breeder should make sure that there are no other predators of the Carbon Rili Shrimp in the same tank. Furthermore, the use of a shrimp-friendly water filter is recommended in any case. The optimum water temperature for breeding is between 18-25°C with a pH value of 6-8. The total water hardness should be 5-20° dH, the carbonate hardness 1-16° dH.
The Carbon Rlli shrimp is very peaceful and can be kept well with other shrimp species. However, keeping it with other dwarf shrimp leads to crossbreeding, so the appearance of the offspring cannot be predicted. For this reason, keeping the shrimp purebred may be preferable. The shrimp can be kept together very well with water snails or dwarf crabs.
All those who wish to keep the Carbon Rili shrimp in a fish tank should remember that the fish may regard the shrimp as food. A possible offspring will probably not survive in this case.