The gold dot shrimp belongs to the so-called Sulawesi shrimp and is also known by its Latin name “Caridina spinata”. Visually, the Golddot Shrimp differs in many ways from other shrimp species. Even at first glance, their delicate, elegant physique is noticeable. The Gold Dot Shrimp belongs to the genus of dwarf shrimp and usually reaches a body size of about 2 cm, whereby the females are usually somewhat stronger and larger than their male counterparts. The shrimps appear extremely slim and graceful. This applies both to their appearance and their locomotion. This shrimp species is also particularly interesting in terms of its colouring. The animals have a rich, striking red colour, which is interspersed with gold-coloured markings on various parts of their bodies. Especially on the back, legs or tail of the animals, these markings are found in the form of stripes or dots. The gold-coloured markings are decisive for the shrimp’s name.
The keeping of a gold dot shrimp requires sensitivity and some experience in handling shrimp. Compared to other shrimp species, the keeping is somewhat more demanding, but not impossible. The ideal water values for this species have still not been researched to 100%. What is certain, however, is that the golden spot shrimp seems to prefer warmer water temperatures. The water temperature should therefore be between 27 and 32 degrees. As far as a suitable pH value is concerned, experienced shrimp keepers vary between values of 7.9 and approx. 8.5. It is advisable to approach the ideal conditions carefully by making minimal changes to the water values and observing the shrimp’s behaviour in the process
As with most shrimp species, it is recommended to keep at least 10 shrimp in a group in one tank. Depending on the size of the aquarium, more animals can also be kept in one tank. The Gold Dot Shrimp are tame and peaceful creatures, which also live in groups in the wild and get along well with their conspecifics. They are constantly on the lookout for suitable hiding places and retreats where they can come to rest. It is therefore of considerable importance when designing the aquarium to include large quantities of plants, wood and stones so that the shrimp feel comfortable. Various types of moss or moss balls can also be used for this purpose. Specially made shrimp hiding places, which can be found in pet shops, are also suitable.
Goldpunkt shrimp have a very distinct and great appetite. They eat smaller quantities all day long. Green algae and dry foliage are a particularly popular food, which the animals can gnaw on for a long time. Spinach, nettles and peeled cucumbers can also be fed to the shrimp without hesitation. The animals also tolerate specially mixed shrimp feed. In this case, however, attention should be paid to the quality and origin of the feed mixtures. In order for the shrimp to develop healthily and be spared deficiency symptoms or health complaints, a nutrient-rich and mineral-rich diet is important for the animals.
The breeding of the golden spot shrimp is quite uncomplicated. The females lay around 15-20 eggs after a gestation period of about 3-4 weeks. Fully developed young shrimp hatch from these eggs. After hatching, the young shrimp can remain in the aquarium without hesitation and do not need to be relocated. Adult shrimps do not impair the development of the young animals and do not show any aggressive behaviour – quite the contrary. The shrimp live peacefully together. After only approx. 3 months the young shrimp are fully grown and sexually mature, so that they themselves can give birth to and carry new offspring. The reproduction of the Golden Dot Shrimp is quite common. A female shrimp can become pregnant every 6-8 weeks and give birth to young.
Since the Golden Dot Shrimp are extremely peaceful, harmonious creatures, they can be combined with other shrimp species or even small fish and snails with a clear conscience. It should be noted, however, that all living creatures in the aquarium must be peaceful creatures. This is important in order to avoid disturbances and complications and thus keep the risk of injury to all living beings involved as low as possible.