Bee Shrimp (Caridina cantonensis)
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.
- pH level range: 6.2 - 6.8
- Temperature range: 65° - 80° F (18° - 27° C)
- Water type: Soft
- 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.
- Warning! Avoid any food product, medication, or plant fertilizer that contains Copper of any form. Copper is toxic to invertebrates. Many commercial fish foods, medications, and plant fertilizers contain copper or more commonly copper sulfate. Always look at the ingredient list for any product going into the aquarium to ensure they are copper free.