Red Fire Shrimp

Appearance

The females are intensely fire-red coloured. Males can be recognized by a bright, rather pale red. Some males are completely transparent.
The babies of the red fire shrimp are born transparent. In the wild they are better protected against predators. After two to three weeks the babies turn light red, then bright red, up to a beautiful dark wine red

The colour fades when the Red Fire shrimp is under stress. For example during transport to you. In a few days your shrimp will shine in all its beauty again.

Attitude

Red Fire shrimp do not have any special requirements regarding the pH value of the water or the temperature. If your aquarium is located in a normally heated room, the little fellows will be satisfied. Red Fire shrimp live in fresh water. They feel most comfortable in groups with several conspecifics.

The floor covering is dark, fine gravel opt

imal. The curious, active dwarf shrimp love it when they can roll around the stones with their little feet.
Give your shrimps perforated rocks, loose clay shards and roots in their home. Like all shrimp, they shed their skin when they grow. After they have stripped off their old shell, they are soft and vulnerable. Then they like to hide until the new shell has hardened

They need plants to feel good. Javamoos, moss balls and hornwort are suitable. These delicate plants offer further hiding places.
Use a mat filter to filter the water. This prevents small shrimps from being sucked in by the filter. Red Fire shrimp love oxygen-rich water. Combine the mat filter with an air lift

Chuck

Red fire shrimp are omnivores. Nevertheless, you should make sure that the majority of their food is vegetable.
Algae chips (spirulina algae) and red mosquito larvae come closest to the natural food of the Red Fire Shrimp.
The shrimp’s favourite foods are lettuce, carrots, peppers, cucumbers and leaves from deciduous trees

Boil the vegetables and leaves before feeding to kill any germs adhering to them. You can also feed fish food. Make sure that the food sinks. Flakes floating on the water surface are not accepted by Red Fire Shrimp.

Breeding

The aim of breeding should be to maintain the red colour. Select only the most colour intensive animals for mating. Of course the breeding animals must be healthy and strong.
Breeding is easy, because Red Fire shrimp give birth to fully developed young animals. Extra brackish water tanks for larvae, which are necessary for other shrimp species, are not necessary here

Red Fire Shrimp are eager to reproduce, at three months they become sexually mature. Then the females start producing eggs. The eggs sit on the female in the neck/back area. If the female now sheds her skin, the eggs can be fertilised by a male. The female attaches the fertilized eggs to her abdomen. If she moves her hind legs, the eggs are constantly washed with fresh water.

In a species tank, you simply leave the freshly hatched shrimp in the tank with the older members of the species. If there are still fish in the aquarium, it could be dangerous for the little ones.

Association

For optical variety in your aquarium, you can put other animals in it. Red Fire shrimp are peaceful and get along well with small fish such as guppies, swordtails, red fin tetras or neon fish.

In addition, ramshorn snails and antler snails are suitable for company. Hornsnails eat the food leftovers of shrimps and antler snails eat the algae. Thus they keep the aquarium clean and improve the water quality.

If you keep several shrimp species together, they will sometimes mate with each other. This can result in unwanted crossbreeding.
Beware of the ringed shrimp. It hunts smaller species!

Dwarf shrimp have no place in the shrimp tank. They eat Red Fire shrimp.