Neocaridina davidi (formerly Neocaridina heteropoda) are small freshwater atyid shrimp that are an interesting addition to the aquarium. Providing they are housed with plenty of cover such as plants in order for them to avoid predatory fish, they will thrive in an aquarium. These shrimp are both hardy and useful, as they will eat any left over food and graze on algae.
Avoid any treatments containing copper.
- Temperature: 22°C – 27°C
- pH: 7.0 – 7.6
- General Hardness: 100 – 200 ppm
N. davidi have are a wide range of colors as a result of selective breeding.
- Red – Red is the most frequently sold morph. The red color of the shrimp is caused by the presence of erythrophores.
- Yellow – The yellow color of the shrimp is caused by the presence of xanthophores.
- Blue – Blue shrimp are caused by the presence of iridophores which reflect blue light.
- Green – Green shrimp is caused by the mixture of iridophores (that reflect blue light) and xanthophores.
- Violet – Violet shrimp is caused by the mixture of iridophores (that reflect blue light) and erythrophores.
- Chocolate – Melanophores that are a dark brown shade are present in this shrimp. Though erythrophores or xanthophores can contribute to the brown or chocolate color of the shrimp.
- Black – Black melanophores are present in this shrimp.
- White – White shrimp are caused by the presence of leucophores.
- “Ghost” – “Ghost” shrimp don’t have any pigment at all so they appear transparent.