Sakura Shrimp


Sakura shrimps fascinate with their very special appearance, which makes them a real eye-catcher in any aquarium. These animals are basically coloured red. In many cases this colouring is very intensive and strong and even multi-surface. Due to this characteristic red you can recognize the Sakura Shrimp at first sight. Due to the striking colour and this unique look, these animals are among the most popular shrimp species.

The most intensive colours can be found in the female animals. Nevertheless, the male animals are also clearly in focus due to their splendid colouring and are very beautiful to look at. It is also noticeable that many young shrimp can already show the reddish colouring in the first few days. As with many other shrimp species, the females are usually a bit larger than the males. Among the other shrimp species, the Sakura shrimp resembles the Red Fire shrimp. However, unlike the Sakura Shrimp, the Red Fire Shrimp does not have a flat red colouring.


For the Sakura shrimps an optimal keeping can be guaranteed by a simple species tank. This ensures that other aquarium inhabitants such as fish or other animals are not disturbed or can become dangerous for the Sakura Shrimp. In order to meet the needs of Sakura Shrimp, a lush planting should be provided in the aquarium.

It should be possible to clean the water with an appropriate filter. It is of vital importance that no copper gets into the water. This is very harmful for these animals. The water temperature for the Sakura shrimp should be in the range between 23 degrees and 30 degrees. A good average value represents the optimal temperatures for these animals. Temperatures between 25 degrees and 30 degrees will result in a more active behaviour of the Sakura Shrimp. The animals appear more agile at these temperatures and are therefore easier to observe.


The Sakura shrimp feeds in the wild on algae, floating particles and various leaves that have fallen from trees into the water. So it is obvious at first glance that a plant-based diet is a decisive factor. When keeping the fish in a domestic aquarium, a plant-based diet should therefore also be used.

When buying special shrimp food, you should make sure that this food has a very high vegetable content. Foliage from the wild can also provide special variety in the diet of Sakura shrimp. Some vegetables such as pumpkin, which have been boiled in hot water, are also a real treat for Sakura Shrimp.


If you want to breed Sakura shrimp yourself, you must first be aware that these animals give birth to their offspring already fully developed. This once again shows the close relationship to the Red Fire Shrimp. As the young shrimp are already fully developed when they are born, breeding in your own aquarium is made much easier. Breeders can therefore enjoy the advantage that the larvae do not have to be laboriously reared and no separate tank with brackish water has to be provided. In any case, it is especially important that the perfect living conditions for the young animals can be provided.

It is recommended that both male and female animals are kept together in one tank. The young animals do not have to be separated and can also live together with the older animals in one aquarium. The filter in the tank must be secured in any case, so that there is no danger of the young animals being sucked in. The safety of the young animals must always be taken care of, as this is the only way to ensure that they are reared in a species-appropriate manner. The needs of the young animals must be guaranteed as well as possible.


Basically it is also possible to keep the Sakura Shrimp together with other animals in one aquarium. In this case, however, it must be ensured that the other inhabitants of the aquarium are aware of the needs and also fit in characteristically with each other.

The Sakura Shrimp itself never behaves predatory or aggressive. They are very peaceful animals, which should ideally be kept in a pure species tank. Fish are not the ideal complement to the Sakura Shrimp. If these animals are to be socialized, snails are a much better alternative.