As the name already suggests, the Green Jade Shrimp shines in pretty shades of green and thus brings variety into every aquarium! The colouring varies from light green tones, yellow-green, grass green to dark green. The back of the freshwater shrimp is often yellow. The variety of colours indicates that Green Jade is a rather new breeding form, which is not yet absolutely hereditary. The Green Jade shrimp belongs to the Neocaridina family. On average it grows up to three centimetres in size. As with most shrimp species, the males are usually slightly smaller than the females.
The shrimps are quite robust and not too demanding in terms of food and husbandry. They are therefore well suited for a beginner aquarium. The aquarium of the Green Jade Shrimp should look like this: The most important requirement is dense planting with many hiding places and retreats. Moss species such as java moss, Christmas moss, flame moss or even pearl moss are well suited. Moss balls offer the shrimp a welcome opportunity to graze. Sometimes the Green Jade Shrimp is difficult to spot between the green foliage in the aquarium.
If you want to create a contrast to all the green in the tank, you can also plant the aquarium with reddish parrot herb, for example. Other possible furnishings are stones, coconut halves, roots and other woods. If you choose a dark floor, you can also observe the shrimp better because of the contrast. The water in the aquarium should be medium-hard to hard. The pH value should be within the range of six to eight. The total hardness of the water can range from 5 to 20. If the values are not maintained for a short time, this is not a major problem. However, if they are not met in the long term, the shrimp will not reproduce and poisoning may occur.
The Green Jade Shrimp is also an uncomplicated contemporary in terms of food. It likes to feed on dead plant parts and food leftovers. This is an advantage: it takes over a large part of the cleaning of the aquarium itself. Nettles, alder cones and brown leaves can therefore remain in the aquarium as permanent food. Shrimp food is of course also available in the trade. Young animals also like brown autumn leaves, but can also be fed with a special powder food. Protein food can also be fed twice a week to cover the shrimp’s protein requirements.
As mentioned in the beginning, the Green Jade Shrimp is a rather young breeding variety. Therefore, the shrimp can also have different colours, which makes the breeding of this shrimp species very exciting. Breeding Green Jade Shrimp is a piece of cake even for beginners. If the shrimp feel comfortable, they multiply almost by themselves. There is no need for a separate breeding tank, unless you keep fish in the aquarium in addition to the shrimp, which the young shrimp could eat. For breeding, both female and male shrimp should live in the aquarium.
If the water values are correct, the shrimp will reproduce. After a gestation period of three to four weeks, the female will release between 20 and 35 fully developed young shrimp. The shrimp are of a peaceful nature and so older animals do not pose any danger to the newly hatched young. If the young animals receive a varied diet, they grow up quickly and develop into robust animals. It is especially important for the young animals to find enough moss to hide in the aquarium. If Green Jade Shrimps are kept with other Neocaridina species (e.g. Red Fire, Blue Jelly or Orange Sakura Shrimps), new colour variations can develop.
The peaceful shrimp likes to share its aquarium with other animals. The only requirement is that the roommates should not be too curious or restless and of course they should never regard the shrimp as food. In addition, you should generally make sure that all animals in the tank have similar requirements regarding water values and aquarium setup. Smaller schooling fish or Otocinclus catfish, for example, are well suited for living together with Green Jade shrimp. If other dwarf shrimp live in the aquarium, it should be remembered that reproduction between the different species can occur.