The Red Bee shrimp owes its name to its red and white striped body. This beautiful shrimp is very popular worldwide and can be found in many aquariums. For breeders, however, the white part of the body is more important than the red part.
The red part of the pattern usually glows an intense red. The Red Bees are always striped, but the pattern varies from animal to animal. The Red Bee is a dwarf shrimp and has a life expectancy of two years. They grow up to three centimetres in size. The animals are group animals and should be kept in groups of about ten to 20 shrimp.
Keeping of Red Bee shrimps
In contrast to many other shrimp species, the Red Bee Shrimp is somewhat more sensitive and difficult to keep. Experts therefore recommend that you only bring the shrimp into the aquarium if you have already had some experience with shrimp. The fact that it is relatively expensive to buy is another reason why the Red Bee is rather something for experienced shrimp keepers. The right water values are a basic requirement for a happy shrimp life. The water temperature should be between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. The pH value also plays an important role. It should be between 6 and 8.
The Red Bee is also a soft water shrimp and is absolutely intolerant of water containing copper. Apart from the water values, there are several other factors that are important for keeping the shrimp in a species-appropriate way. One of these is the setup of the aquarium. The bottom should consist of gravel or sand. Furthermore, retreat possibilities in the form of dense planting, stones, wood, roots or coconut shells must be provided. Moss is also well suited for the shrimp aquarium. The animals love to graze the moss plants and are constantly looking for food. Moss should therefore definitely be part of the aquarium setup.
Besides the aquarium, the food is the second big challenge for the owner of the shrimp. The Red Bee Shrimp’s diet should be characterised by diversity. They are omnivores. That means they eat both animal and vegetable food. However, the vegetable portion should predominate. Shrimp love dead plant parts, so brown autumn leaves, for example, are a good food for shrimp. They also eat their fill of the plants in the aquarium. Once or twice a week the shrimp should be fed with animal food. This can include insect larvae, for example. Special shrimp food is a good alternative.
Red Bee shrimp are extremely popular with breeders. The aim of the breeders is usually that the white part in the shrimp’s pattern is as large as possible. Breeding itself is not too complicated. If all the requirements in terms of keeping and feeding are met, the shrimp will most likely reproduce. Red Bees are sexually mature from around three months of age.
This can be seen from the dark triangular spot on their back. Female shrimp carry the eggs in their abdomen. They shed their skin before mating. If the eggs of the female are fertilised, the young shrimp hatch after three to four weeks. After hatching, the animals are already fully developed and do not require any attention from their parents. Per litter about 30 animals hatch, which look like miniatures of their parents. At the beginning the kittens should be provided with dustfood.
Attention: If a filter is part of the aquarium, make sure that it is a shrimp-friendly filter. All too often the young animals, which are only about 1.5 mm in size, are sucked through the filter and die. By the way, the adult shrimps do not pose any danger to the young animals.
In principle, Red Bee Shrimp can be kept in the aquarium together with small fish or other aquatic animals without any problems. However, they should always be peaceful species. If more dwarf shrimp are added to the aquarium, you should bear in mind that they could mix with the Red Bees.