This pretty little shrimp makes a great nano-tank or plant tank specimen. They are not shy and their bright coloration makes them stand out. While they are considered algae eaters, I’ve found they don’t. They sit on the algae and eat bits of food adhering to the plant, but they do not eat algae.
We got our start of red cherry shrimp when I bought a half dozen at what my wife Susie thought was an exorbitant price. I tossed them into a 55 gallon and assumed I’d never see them again. Wrong! Soon the vat was teeming with shrimp. Today, we polyculture them with livebearers, but avoid putting them in breeding tanks since at high populations they will devour newly born fry. I learned that the hard way and lost a couple of breeding cycles of livebearers, especially those with small fry.
We’re working on a blue and an orange color morph. We bought some blue velvets, but only got males, so we’re selecting for blues from our own shrimp.
The photo shows some of the shrimp with an inch grid to show the size of the adults.