Rare Shrimp Care Sheet: Blue Bolt, Black King Kong, and Wine Red Shrimp

This is a three-shrimp-in-one caresheet! The reason for this is that the Caridina cf cantonensis shrimp comes in three varieties of shrimp belonging to the same family, with almost identical genetics but very different colorations. I hereby present you: the astonishing Blue Bolt Shrimp, the mighty Black King Kong (BKK) Shrimp, and the boozy Wine Red Shrimp. All of these specimens are rather hard to keep and somewhat expensive (expect to pay over a hundred bucks for a single shrimp), yet very sought after – a must for any experienced keeper!

Caridina Cantonensis Shrimp Keep Caresheet

Size:1-1.5 inches (2-3 cm)
Color:Electric Blue, Black, Red
Behavior: They are very peaceful yet very voracious and on a never-ending quest for food
Aquarium:15+ gallons (50+ liters) cycled tank (larger containers recommended)
Water:pH of 5.5-6.5
GH: 4-6
KH: 0-4
require soft water with low TDS
Temperature: 65-75°F (18-23°C)

Caridina Cantonensis Water Parameters

There is a reason these varities of shrimp are not very common in the hobby: compared to more popular species such as cherry shrimp, caridina cantonensis are quite fragile and require special attention when it comes to environmental factors.

First of all: the aquarium you want to keep any blue bolt, black king kong, or red wine shrimp needs to be fully cycled. This means you need to prepare your tank many weeks in advance, including any substrate, gravel, and freshwater plants you intend to keep in there. Check your water parameters carefully before introducing these shrimp, and make sure that the water is completely free from any trace of ammonia. A water TDS of 200 or less is generally considered safe.

Caridina Cantonensis tank mates

Some species of freshwater snails can be beneficial to your aquarium if you introduce them before shrimp, as they can help with stabilizing the cycling of your tank. This is especially important when dealing with caridina cantonensis as any amount of nitrates can be very harmful to them. Other dwarf shrimp such as neocaridina are ideal tankmates as they won’t pose a threat, but better not keep any larger fishes who may easily prey on your shrimp.

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