• Bee Shrimp (Caridina cantonensis)

Bee Shrimp (Caridina cantonensis)

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These hardy cousins of Crystal Black and Crystal Red shrimp feature striking black and white or brown and amber stripes.


Bee Shrimp are directly related to the notorious Crystal Black and Crystal Red Shrimp - in fact, they are the shrimp from which CBS and CRS are bred.  They usually feature a striking black and white or brown and amber coloration; their colors and patterns tend to vary more than CBS and CRS.  However, these also stand out magnificently against any backdrop or substrate, and they are generally easier to care for and breed due to their lower sensitivity to aquarium conditions.  Thus, these are better suited for beginners who are newly entering the dwarf shrimp hobby.  As with all dwarf shrimp, a colony of Bee Shrimp work as a very effective cleaning crew for your aquarium, as they feed on algae and waste.


  • Minimum tank size: 2 gallons, recommended 10 gallon minimum for a colony
  • Temperature: 68° - 72° F (20° - 22.2° C)
  • pH: 6.2-6.8
  • dGH: 3 - 6
  • dKH: 0 - 1 
  • TDS: 90 - 130


  • Diet: Scavenger that feeds continually.  Requires very little feeding in a well-established aquarium containing algae, biofilm, or decaying plant matter. In less mature aquariums, high quality dry foods with high plant content can be fed multiple times daily. 
  • Aquatic Arts Snowflake Premium Shrimp Food Aquatic Arts Pollen Granules Premium Shrimp Food are excellent supplements to the diet of any shrimp. Give them a try and your shrimp will thank you for the tasty treat! 
  • Natural Botanicals are a great way to boost the immune system of your shrimp and they will also provide lots of essential biofilm for the shrimp to graze on.
  • Recommended Aquatic Arts tank mates: Other types of dwarf shrimp (such as Blue Velvet shrimp, Neon Yellow Shrimp, etc.), various types of snails (such as Nerite Snails, Sulawesi Snails, etc.). They can also be kept with small to medium-sized, non-aggressive fish. 
  • Additional notes: Relatively easy to care for - similar to other dwarf shrimp species. Dwarf shrimp prefer to live in tanks with live aquatic plants (such as java moss, mermaid weed, green cabomba, etc.). This is because dwarf shrimp like the cover that plants provide, they love to graze on the plants for algae, and the plants help keep the water clean for them.


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