Shadow Panda Care Sheet (Caridina Cantonensis)

Another sought-after variation of the bee shrimp or Caridina Cantonensis, this shrimp is called “Shadow Panda” (what a name for a crustacean!). The name comes from its coloration, with white and black patches similar to those of a panda. As with other rare shrimp of the same species, shadow panda are not easy to breed and because of this they can get quite pricey, but they will surely make an outstanding addition to your freshwater aquarium.

Shadow Panda Shrimp
Shadow Panda (Caridina Cantonensis)

Caridina Cantonensis Shrimp Keep Caresheet

Size:1-1.5 inches (2-3 cm)
Color:Black and White
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.

Food for black shrimp

The best food for black bee shrimp is specialty shrimp feeding meant for black or blue shrimp varieties, such as the MK-BREED Black Diamond Premium Crystal Black Bee Shrimp Food.

Color enhancing shrimp food

Brown, Red, Orange, YellowRedBlack, BlueWhite, Grey, Transparent

Shrimp King Dennerle Color Shrimp Food

MK-BREED Red Diamond Red Bee Premium Crystal Red Shrimp Food

MK-BREED Black Diamond Premium Crystal Black Bee Shrimp Food

MK-BREED White Crystal Bee Freshwater Dwarf Shrimp Food

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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