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How to keep Crystal Red Shrimp (CRS Shrimp) and their water quality requirements
Crystal Red shrimp are a bit more delicate than many other types of dwarf shrimp, so it is important to provide these animals with the optimal water conditions in order to keep them healthy. Crystal Red shrimp should not be introduced into a tank that has not been cycled; these animals are especially sensitive to ammonia, nitrite and nitrate values. pH, temperature, general hardness (gH), carbonate hardness (kH) and total dissolved solids (TDS) should all be regularly tested and maintained at particular levels: pH between 5.8-7.4; temperature between 62-76°F or 16.5-24.5°C); gH between 4-6; kH between 0-4; TDS between 100-200). Crystal Red shrimp prefer soft, slightly acidic water and do not tolerate warm temperatures. It is essential that water parameters remain consistent as sudden fluctuations can be deadly for this type of shrimp.
Crystal Red Shrimp Diet
Diet for Crystal Red Shrimp is similar to other dwarf shrimp. These omnivores naturally forage for food and will take in any materials they can find. An aquarium contains too few food sources so you must provide more options daily. Feed the Crystal Reds once a day, but some change in frequency is ideal. Offer them high-quality shrimp food as a staple, with blanched vegetables and frozen foods like blood worms as extras. However, never give the shirmp more than they can eat in two hours and promptly remove uneaten morsels from the tank to avoid water value problems.
How to breed Crystal Red Shrimps
Breeding Crystal Red shrimp can be an exciting challenge, as well as a rewarding experience with many keepers making a bit of money off of selling their bred shrimp. The good news is that these shrimp are relatively easy to breed in the right water conditions and other care requirements are met. Female CRS will quickly start incubating eggs, which hatch after around 30 days, growing tiny copies of their parents. While some keepers prefer to give powdered baby shrimp food to the tiny “shrimplets”, this is not necessary for them to grow and develop. Once they have grown a bit, you will be able to determine their grade and pattern and decide whether or not you want to keep or sell them! If you're having trouble determining whether a CRS is male or female, take note that females usually tend to be larger than males and have larger bellies with more curved sections made for protecting the developing eggs.