Blue Bolt Shrimp
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Blue Bolt Caridina Shrimp
The eye-catching Blue Bolt Caridina Shrimp (scientific name: Caridina cf cantonensis var. 'Blue bolt') is believed to be the result of selective cross-breeding among golden bee shrimp, crystal black/red shrimp and snow whites. The freshwater caridina shrimp possesses blue and white pigments distributed all over its body subject to different specimens.
Blue Bolt Caridina Shrimp, like other Caridina species, are relatively challenging to care for. They are sensitive to fluctuations and not recommended for newly cycled tanks. The shrimp require soft and slightly acidic water in cooler ranges of temperature to thrive. Clean water is absolutely a must and ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels should be kept within the limits. More importantly, no copper is allowed to be found in the aquarium as it is considered deadly to them.
Blue Bolt Caridina Shrimp appreciate live aquarium plants. They feel comfortable and secure when surrounded by java moss, buce plant, or anubias. Putting some decorations such as rock caves or driftwood into the tank will benefit them a lot. As this provides hiding places which are necessary for them on most occasions, especially when they are in molting and breeding periods or feel threatened.
Blue Bolt Caridina Shrimp should be kept in groups. Ideally a colony of 6 to 12 specimens is highly recommended. They like to gather with each other and stay relaxed when in large groups. Peaceful and non-territorial as they are, Blue Bolt Caridina Shrimp is a great inhabitant of any community as long as it contains the species sharing similar temperaments. However, many experienced aquarists recommend the shrimp-only tank be better considering its dwarf size and low defensive capability.
What You Can Expect From This Shrimp:
- Eye-catching blue and white pigments
- Required moderate care
- Active even in daytime and non-territorial at all
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 68° - 72°F (20° - 22°C)
- pH: 6.0 – 6.8
- KH: 0 – 2 dKH
- GH: 3 – 6 dGH
- TDS: 100 – 150
- Minimum tank size: 10 gallons
- Diet: They are omnivores and feed on algae, biofilm; however other high quality shrimp foods such as sinking shrimp pellets, crushed flake foods, baby brine shrimp, etc. are all accepted. Vegetation like spinach is also encouraged.
- Social behavior: Peaceful, non-territorial
- Origin: Tank-bred
- Average adult size: 1.25 inches (3 cm)
See more details about care guide for Blue Bolt Caridina Shrimp here.