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Snowball Neocaridina (Neocaridina palmata)

Snowball shrimp add a delicate earthy feel to the aquarium, when the females are berried her eggs look like tiny snowballs. They are very small scavengers that grow on average to be between 1-1.6 inches in length. At adult size males are slightly smaller than the female. 

Dwarf shrimp are completely peaceful and if they are kept on their own (without the threat of fish in the tank) have very curious personalities, spend time swimming through the water and breed prolifically. That is not to say they can’t be kept with fish, because they can. But fish they should be kept with must be mindfully chosen and as always, do your research! If you see what appears to be shrimp skeletons in your tank do not be alarmed. Your shrimp aren’t dead, they have just molted. As your shrimp grow they will regularly shed their outer shell. Their molt should be left in the tank for them to consume, it is very beneficial to their growth.

A planted tank environment is best for dwarf shrimp, providing plenty of surface area for grazing and exploring. The addition of botanicals (such as Indian almond leaves, or Cholla wood) is an excellent way to provide a constant food source for your shrimps, without fouling the water because they always want to eat. They are highly adaptable to a wide variety of water conditions and this makes them the most popular beginner dwarf shrimp for hobbyists.

Care Info:

  • Ideal Temperature - 64° - 84° F (18° - 29° C) ~ 70’s range is ideal, heater not required.
  • pH - 6.5 - 8
  • KH - 3 - 18 dKH
  • Tank Size - minimum 5 gallons
  • Average Adult Size: 1.0" - 1.6" (2.5-4cm)
  • Average Purchase Size: 0.5" - 1.0" (1.3-2.5 cm)
  • Difficulty: easy

Colony bred on location- not imported shrimp. 

Origin/Location - Taiwan

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