Snowball Shrimp (Neocaridina)


The Snowball Shrimp is a stunning freshwater invertebrate known for its vivid white colouration, reminiscent of a snowball. With a maximum size of 3 to 4 cm, these peaceful shrimp are perfect for community tanks. Easy to care for, they require temperatures between 18°C to 28°C and a pH of 6.5 to 8.0. Snowball Shrimp are enthusiastic breeders and contribute to tank cleanliness by consuming algae and detritus. Their diet can be easily managed with commercial shrimp food and occasional high-calcium treats for shell health. Ideal for beginners and seasoned aquarists alike, they add beauty and utility to any aquarium.

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Snowball Shrimp, scientifically known as Neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis var. white, are a captivating addition to any freshwater aquarium with their pristine, snow-white appearance that stands out against the green backdrop of aquatic plants. Originating from freshwater habitats in Asia, these shrimp are known for their hardiness and ease of care, making them a popular choice for both novice and experienced aquarists. They play a crucial role in the aquarium ecosystem by feeding on algae and detritus, thus contributing to the cleanliness and balance of their environment.

Maximum adult size: Snowball Shrimp typically reach a maximum size of 3 to 4 centimeters.

Temperament: They are peaceful and non-aggressive, making them ideal tank mates for a variety of other non-predatory fish and invertebrates.

Difficulty of care: Snowball Shrimp are considered easy to care for, requiring minimal special attention beyond standard aquarium maintenance.

Preferred Temperature: The optimal water temperature for their well-being ranges from 18°C to 28°C.

Preferred pH of water: They thrive in water with a pH level of 6.5 to 8.0, showcasing their adaptability to a range of conditions.

Type of breeding: Snowball Shrimp are prolific breeders, exhibiting a live-bearing breeding type. Females carry eggs under their tails until they hatch, releasing miniature versions of the adults.

In terms of diet, Snowball Shrimp are not picky eaters. They will gladly consume algae, detritus, and any commercial shrimp food. However, for optimal health and colouration, it is beneficial to supplement their diet with high-calcium foods to aid in shell development. Providing a variety of hiding places and live plants will not only mimic their natural habitat but also contribute to their overall well-being by offering shelter and additional feeding opportunities.


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