The King Kong Shrimp ( Caridina sp. ) is an expensive breeding form from the crossing of bee shrimp and tiger shrimp. It shows an impressive coloration in black and white. The background is deep black and the trunk, head and tail have small white markings.
Besides the classic appearance there are also other optical types. With them the black dominates and the white markings are only very little present. These animals have the additional designations: “Extreme”, “Full Black” or “Black Diamond”.
The different sexes of the King Kong shrimp are easy to recognise by their physique. While the body of the female measures up to 2.5 cm in length, the dainty male is no more than 2 cm tall.
Keeping this shrimp species is not easy and should be started by experienced aquarists. Special attention should be paid to the correct water quality. Although the invertebrates tolerate temporarily exceeded values, they can lead to symptoms of poisoning over time. A cool, soft, oxygen-rich and clean water is preferred:
- Temperature: 15 to 25 ° Celsius
- PH value: 5 to 7.5
- Carbonate hardness: 0 to 3° dKh
- Total hardness: 3 to 10° dGh
]Special mineral salt, osmosis water and active soil substrate are recommended as stabilizing aids against excessive fluctuations during water changes. The cleanliness of the aquarium is achieved by changing the water 10 to 30% per week.
The King Kong Shrimps belong to the peaceful, active and sociable animals. They should be kept in an aquarium with a capacity of at least 20 litres and in a group of at least 10 roommates.
The appropriate facility should be natural and offer the animals sufficient hiding places, resting places and tasty food. Suitable utensils include: finely feathered plants, java moss, algae, root wood and obtainable caves.
Apart from the practical purpose, the design also serves a particularly beautiful appearance. For example, green plants and a dark floor enhance the colourful effect of King Kong shrimp.
In order to support an active reproduction of the animals, the husbandry conditions must always be right. This includes a breeding team of at least 10 specimens, good water quality, sufficient hiding places as well as moss, mud and leaves.
Sometimes the still young females need some time until the actual egg production. But when 20 to 40 eggs develop, they first sit on the neck and are later pressed into the abdominal pockets. This releases sexual attractants, which attract the males and fertilise the clutch.
After a gestation period of 3 to 4 weeks, the young shrimp hatch. They are specialized reproductive types. They are immediately fully developed and independent of their parents. However, according to all Shadow Bees, the offspring are very strongly related to their homeland and remain close to their hatching place for the time being.
When King Kong Shrimp live together with Bee Shrimp, they produce new "mixed forms". The first daughter generation still looks very similar to the bee shrimp. In the following generations, however, the shadow genes are expressed more strongly again.
King Kong shrimps are omnivores and therefore receptive to different food sources. To cover their large protein requirement, they need a suitable protein feed once or twice a week. The animal food can consist of freeze-dried food and frost food such as cyclops, artemia, mosquito larvae and water fleas.
Mainly vegetable food is recommended:
- Feed mixtures in dry form (flakes, granules, taps or sticks)
- Peeled and briefly boiled vegetables with hot water
- Nettle, dandelion and spinach
- Boiled and peeled Hokkaido pumpkin
- Spirulina powder ( algae )
The popular dry and brown autumn leaves should not be missing from the common shrimp food as a permanent water-independent food. It can be collected in clean places that are free of garbage, exhaust fumes and pesticides. Coloured leaves are not suitable. It contains the sugar substances anthocyanins, which ensure rapid bacterial growth and negatively affect the water quality.
To ensure good growth of the young animals, they should be provided with sufficient microorganisms or special rearing feed after hatching. In addition, their survival rate can be significantly improved by regular and economical feeding of dust food.
King Kong shrimps are considered sensitive aquatic animals. It is not advisable to socialise with larger fish, predatory snails, crabs, mussels and freshwater crabs. In contrast, they live well in the company of or snails or other shrimp. Bee shrimp or other Taiwan shrimp are particularly suitable.
It is important that the animals' demands on water values and environment are the same or at least very similar for the different species.