How to Breed Neocaridina Shrimp



Hey there, shrimp enthusiasts! If you've been feeling a bit bummed about your shrimp tank not having many babies, don't worry! I've got some super cool tips and tricks that will help you become a shrimp breeding pro. These amazing little critters can have babies pretty easily if you set up their tank just right and take good care of them. These are the same principles we follow here at Shrimp Up Aquatics! let's dive in and discover the secrets to successful neocaridina shrimp breeding!



1. One way to tell if a shrimp is a male or female is by looking at their belly, called the abdomen. Males usually have a thin and curved abdomen, like a little "U" shape. On the other hand, females have a wider and rounder abdomen, which helps them carry their eggs. So, if you spot a shrimp with a slim and curved belly, it's probably a boy. But if it has a rounder and wider belly, it's likely a girl.

2. Sometimes, male shrimp have fancy colors to impress the ladies. If you see a shrimp with vibrant colors like red, blue, or yellow, it's probably a female. The males, on the other hand, usually have more muted colors or even transparent bodies.

Remember, telling the difference between male and female shrimp can be a challenge, especially when they're young. But as they grow bigger, we can start noticing the distinct features that set them apart. If it's too tricky, we can ask a shrimp expert for help.



It all begins when a special kind of shrimp called a "saddled female" goes through a molting process. When she molts, she releases special chemicals called "pheromones" into the water. These pheromones work like a secret signal, making the male shrimp go crazy in a frenzy to find the pregnant female shrimp.

Picture this: all the male shrimp in the tank start swimming super fast, searching every nook and cranny for the female. They're on a mission! It's like a shrimp race, with each male hoping to be the lucky one to find the female and become a proud dad.

But the story doesn't end there! After the eggs are fertilized, something really cool happens. The female shrimp carries the fertilized eggs on the bottom of her belly. She takes care of the eggs until they are ready to hatch, which usually takes about 2 to 3 weeks. During this time, the eggs are safe and cozy with their shrimp mom.

To show you just how amazing this process is, we have a photo below of one of our special shrimp called an Orange Rili Shrimp. You can see her belly full of eggs, like a little treasure chest waiting to bring new life into the world.



Cycling Your Neocaridina Shrimp Tank

Hey there, aspiring shrimp keepers! Before diving into the exciting world of freshwater shrimp, there's an important step you must take to ensure their well-being. It's called "cycling" your tank, and it's a crucial process that creates a safe and healthy environment for your shrimp to thrive in. Don't worry if you're unsure about how to cycle your tank - we've got your back with some awesome blog articles that will guide you through the process.

How To Cycle A Neocaridina Shrimp Tank


Shrimp Tank Filters Choices

The biggest factor when choosing a filter for shrimp is making sure it is safe for them and will not hurt the adults or babies. All filters we sell here at Shrimp Up Aquatics are safe for shrimp.

Sponge Filter

Hang On Back Filter


Now, while a 1-gallon tank may suit some shrimp keepers, our experience has shown that the best breeding success often comes from using a 20-gallon long aquarium. This size strikes the perfect balance, not being too large to manage in a home setting and not too small for water parameters to fluctuate due to evaporation. It's like a sweet spot for shrimp happiness! Plus, the 20-gallon long aquarium offers a generous "footprint," meaning it has more surface area for shrimp to explore and graze upon, maximizing their foraging opportunities.

Of course, we understand that a 20-gallon tank may be larger than what you're looking for. In that case, fear not! Our second choice would be a 10-gallon aquarium, which still provides ample space for your shrimp to thrive while being more compact.



During my shrimp-keeping adventures, I've explored different tank setups, including bare-bottom tanks, tanks with deep substrate levels (around 3 inches deep), and tanks with shallower substrate levels (ranging from 0.5 inch to 1 inch). And guess what? The tanks with substrate outshined the bare-bottom one when it came to breeding activity and overall shrimp well-being. Fascinating, isn't it?

The magic lies in the increased surface area that substrate provides for biofilm growth. Biofilm acts as a constant food source for shrimp, keeping them healthy and satisfied. With a substrate layer, biofilm has more room to thrive, offering a buffet of delectable treats for your shrimp and their adorable shrimplets.

Now, if you're planning a planted tank and prefer a deeper substrate, around 3 inches, rooted plants are your go-to buddies. They prevent substrate compaction and contribute to a healthy environment, maintaining stable water parameters. On the other hand, if simplicity is your mantra, like it is for me, a shallow substrate with some moss works like a charm.

Remember, both approaches have their merits, so choose the one that aligns with your preferences and goals. The key is to provide a substrate that allows for biofilm growth and offers a comfortable home for your shrimp pals.



Lighting serves a dual purpose in the shrimp kingdom. First, it acts as a catalyst for algae and biofilm growth, which are like a never-ending buffet for our shrimp buddies. These natural food sources provide essential nutrients and keep our shrimp happily munching away. It's like having a built-in food supply that's constantly replenishing.

To strike the perfect balance, we've learned a nifty trick. We use an outlet timer, a handy little device that allows us to control the lighting duration. Our target is around 6-8 hours of light per day. This way, we ensure that our shrimp enjoy the benefits of light-induced algae and biofilm growth, while also providing them with a period of darkness to relax and unwind.



Creating the perfect environment for your freshwater shrimp is the secret to successful breeding. To ensure you hit the mark with water parameters, we've got you covered with another blog here. It dives into the specific requirements for each freshwater shrimp variety, helping you understand the ins and outs of maintaining optimal conditions.



For berried female shrimp, choose high-protein food to support healthy shrimplet development we recommend our Spirulina Algae Wafers. Add a lower protein, high-mineral food for a balanced diet such as Shrimp Fit+. Feeding the right amount can be tricky. Start with a small portion and observe for 4-6 hours. If leftovers remain, reduce the amount. No leftovers? You've got it just right! When shrimplets arrive, introduce powdered food gradually Like Bacter AE or Shrimp Baby, Preferably both. Be cautious not to overfeed and cause ammonia spikes. Start sparingly and increase as the colony grows. Alternate daily between high-protein and high-mineral foods for a varied diet. Shrimplets enjoy a daily dose of powdered food, but remember to keep it in moderation.



Now, let's dive into water changes. With their low bio-load, shrimp tanks don't need frequent or large water changes. Our recommendation: a gentle 15-20% change every 2-3 weeks depending on shrimp load, if you have more than 10 shrimp per gallon id do it once a week. If you have more than 20 shrimp per gallon id do it twice a week. How? Use airline tubing or a drip system to slowly add new water. This gradual process keeps water parameters stable, avoiding sudden swings. Here's an exciting surprise: water changes can trigger breeding activity! Yep, you heard it right. Female shrimp often molt after a water change, igniting their reproductive instincts. Nature keeps things intriguing, doesn't it?



We're thrilled to be part of your exciting Shrimpy journey! If you have any questions about this post or shrimp care in general, don't hesitate to reach out to us at We're here to assist you every step of the way and provide the support you need. Your shrimp's well-being is our top priority! Happy shrimp keeping! :)

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