If you want to turn your attention to keeping shrimp, you can do so very well with the marble shrimp. This shrimp species is very frugal. You do not have to do much to keep these animals. Its scientific name is Neocaridina palmata. Translated this means marble dwarf shrimp, which says enough about this water dweller. This shrimp is small and has dark spots on a light body. The drawings can of course be quite different, often they extend over the whole body.
Dwarf shrimps, i.e. marble shrimps, are quite sociable and want to be kept in a group. This applies to all shrimp species, by the way. It’s best to always keep at least 10 shrimp at a time, so that the animals feel comfortable and there’s not much in the way of breeding. In principle it would be feasible to keep the marble shrimp in a small aquarium. However, as this shrimp species reproduces quickly, a larger tank would be recommended.
The marbled shrimp will gladly turn to any shrimp food. At the same time, however, it can also be fed frost-dried food or freeze-dried food, for example from mosquito larvae. The animals also like autumn leaves, but these should definitely be brown. They like mulm and even peeled and then scalded vegetables. Biofilm and green fodder is also accepted. However, this should be fed sparingly. Spinach, dandelion and nettle are examples of green fodder.
When it comes to the offspring of the marbled shrimp, it is important to note that the animals feed on the growth from the malm for a short time after the discharge. Dust food can also be given to the animals. The owners should take good care that the young animals get enough food. In time, the young animals will then choose the same food as the adult marbled shrimp. These animals do not grow large, so far the largest marble shrimp is assumed to be 2.5 cm. Of course, exceptions always confirm the rule, especially when breeding and crossing with other shrimp species.
Breeding is not difficult. The marble shrimp can reproduce every 1.5 months. Each female can give birth to up to 50 young. Hence the recommendation for a larger tank when it comes to breeding the marbled shrimp. It is extremely important to pay attention to the safety of the offspring. Not only by other water companions. The filter must also be specially purchased so that the small animals are not sucked in. There is a shrimp filter on the market that would be recommended at this point.
During the breeding itself there are many aquarists who would like to create a crossbreeding to achieve a better colouring of the animals. So other shrimp could also be added to the water and you can be surprised what will come out.
Since the marble shrimp is very small, you have to be very careful when socializing it. For all aquatic animals that are to be purchased, advice should be sought in advance as to whether they are peaceful. No animals that could be dangerous for the marble shrimp are allowed in the tank. In other words, no water dwellers that are very fond of attacking. Also, not all other shrimp species should necessarily be allowed in the tank. If this is desired, smaller species should also be chosen, which must also be peaceful.
Many aquarists would like to have more aquatic life because the marble shrimp in the tank is not very noticeable. Now you can of course design the bottom to create a contrast, but many owners find this too boring. The animals are kept at a temperature of 20-28 degrees and with a water hardness of up to 30 °dgH. Mostly small ornamental fish and snails feel quite comfortable at these temperatures and the water hardness. They would be quite good roommates for the marble shrimp.