Chocolate Sakura Shrimp

Appearance

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The Chocolate Sakura Shrimp belongs to the dwarf shrimp family and is visually distinguished by its deep brown colour. When well bred, the colour can have a striking sheen and shimmers particularly brightly. Some of the Chocolate Sakura Shrimp have such an intense brown colour that it can almost be considered black by the human eye.

The females of this shrimp genus, which usually reach a size of about 3 cm, are particularly splendid specimens with particularly beautiful colours. All in all, the colour marking of the shrimp looks as if they had been covered with dark, liquid chocolate. The name of the shrimp species is also derived from this visual comparison.

Attitude

In keeping, the Chocolate Sakura Shrimps are comparatively less demanding, which is why they are also suitable for newcomers and beginners in the field of aquarium keeping. The small creatures prefer medium-hard to hard water (GH 5-20 and KH 2-16), whose pH value should be between 6 and 8. The size of the aquarium should be chosen according to the number of animals, but a minimum size of approx. 20 l is recommended.

Since the Chocolate Sakura Shrimps are quite sociable and extremely peaceful animals, they can be kept in groups. It is therefore strongly recommended to keep at least 10 shrimp in one tank to prevent them from becoming lonely or dying.

The aquarium is the animals’ habitat and should therefore be equipped with plenty of plants, wood, stones or even leaves. This is necessary so that the animals can choose between various retreat and hiding places. Like most dwarf shrimp species, the Chocolate Sakura Shrimp also like to hide in densely planted areas. Various moss species are particularly popular among shrimp and should be integrated into the aquarium in any case.

Chuck

In order to ensure a balanced and healthy diet for the animals, both fresh vegetable feed and special shrimp feed should be used. The Chocolate Sakura shrimps tolerate the common range of shrimp foods well, so that no special features need to be taken into account. JBL Novo Prawn and Dennerle Shrimp King Complete are some of the particularly suitable foods. In addition to the ready-made feed mixes, shrimp should also be fed with natural plants. Algae, nettles and leaves are particularly popular. These supplement the diet and provide a little variety.

When rearing young shrimp, it is advisable to use ready-made powdered foods. Pastes or fine-grained shrimp food specially made for babies and young animals are also a good idea and are beneficial for the healthy development of the shrimp offspring.

Breeding

Female shrimps of the Chocolate Sakura genus give birth to approx. 25-30 young animals per pregnancy. The number of young depends on the water values. If they are ideally adapted to the shrimp’s needs, the number of young will also increase. The gestation period of the female animals usually lasts 4 weeks. The juveniles are then born fully developed, but are not yet brown after birth, but are transparent. This is to protect the small ones in the wild from being attacked and to improve their chances of survival. After hatching, the young animals do not have to be separated from their parents or other adult shrimp. Instead, all animals can live together in one aquarium as usual. This is due to the peaceful and friendly nature of the shrimp, which get along very well with each other.

In order for the offspring to develop quickly and splendidly, a varied diet is necessary. After only about three months, the young shrimp are sexually mature and can produce new offspring themselves. The mother shrimp are also busy producing eggs again shortly after the birth of their offspring, so that an adult female shrimp can give birth to young every 6-8 weeks.

Socialization

Since the Chocolate Sakura Shrimp belongs to the peaceful genus, a socialization with various other shrimp species such as the Bloody Mary Shrimp or the Blue Jelly Shrimp is possible. It should be noted, however, that all the inhabitants of the so-called social pool should also be calm and peaceful creatures in order not to provoke any behavioural disorders, conspicuousness or complications among the animals. In principle, shrimp can also be kept together with small, calm fish species in an aquarium.