Blue Velvet Shrimp
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Scientific Name: Neocaridina davidi
- Care Level: Easy
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Lifespan: 1-2 years
- Water Conditions: 60-80° F, KH 3-10, pH 6.0-7.6
- Maximum Size: 1.75"
- Diet: Omnivore
- Minimum Tank Size: 5 gallons
Shrimp are a popular choice for many aquarists both beginner and advanced for their appetite for algae and ability to clean the unhealthy areas from plants as well as scavenge uneaten food and other waste.
They should be housed in an established, planted tank. While they are not as sensitive or delicate as many other shrimp species, nitrate and ammonia free water is still essential for their health. They can be kept in a group in a species only tank or housed with peaceful fish that won't view them as a meal.
If there is not enough food available for them to scavenge, they can be supplemented with special shrimp diets, pellets or high quality flake foods.