The Ultimate Fresh Water Cherry Shrimp FAQ

Last Updated on April 4, 2022 by cmoarz

I’m bombarded with so many questions about cherry shrimp, their life cycle, water parameters, compatibility and so on that I have decided to compile all the most frequently asked questions and their answers into one spot.

Most of these questions are too small for a single article, So I’ve rounded up the most frequently asked questions and will answer them all here for you! Remember to check out part 2 here.

Do Cherry Shrimp Need a Filter

The answer is that it depends on the setup of your tank. If you have a heavily planted tank with very little waste compared to what can be taken out via plants, then you may be able to get by without a filter.

However, if your tank is relatively bare or if you have a lot of fish, then it’s probably a good idea to include a filter in your setup. Filters help to remove waste and debris from the water, which can help keep your tank healthy and your shrimp happy.

They also give valuable space for beneficial bacteria to grow, which helps to keep your water parameters in check.

Filterless tanks are entirely possible so long as there is enough vegetative biomass to consume the majority of the nitrates and waste, as well as places for bacteria to attach and grow and a well-balanced population of fish and shrimp.

If you are not sure if your tank falls into this category, then it is best to err on the side of caution and include a filter in your setup.

Are Cherry Shrimp Good Hiders

Cherry shrimp are good at hiding because of their small size and their ability to blend in with their surroundings. They can hide in rocks, plants, and other aquarium decorations.

When they feel threatened, they will quickly dart away and hide. Cherry shrimp are also good at hiding from predators.

They will stay close to the bottom of the tank, where it is harder for predators to spot them. If a predator does come near, the cherry shrimp will quickly swim away and hide.

Overall, cherry shrimp are good hiders because of their small size and ability to blend in with their surroundings.

Giving plenty of places for a cherry shrimp to hide is a good thing because it keeps stress levels down and makes them feel safe.

Can You Keep Cherry Shrimp With Discus

Can you keep cherry shrimp with discus? It’s a roll of the dice and some might get eaten. Discus are native to the Amazon River Basin and they are accustomed to eating smaller fish.

That being said, there have been reports of cherry shrimp living peacefully with discus for extended periods of time.

If you decide to try keeping these two species together, be sure to observe them closely at first and be prepared to remove the shrimp if necessary.

Many aquarists recommend keeping a group of cherry shrimp together, as this will increase their chances of survival in the presence of predators. Whether or not you can successfully keep cherry shrimp with discus is ultimately a gamble, but it can be a fun experiment nonetheless.

Many people have reported success with these 2 species living together, But remember to provide adequate cover for your shrimp to dart into and hide for protection.

Do Cherry Shrimp Like Current

Do cherry shrimp like current? The answer is a little complicated. Shrimp don’t really like strong currents, as they can make it difficult for the shrimp to move around and find food.

However, a moderate current is generally not a problem, as long as there are plenty of hiding places for the shrimp to escape the flow of water.

In fact, some shrimp actually prefer a moderate current, as it helps to keep the water oxygenated and free of harmful toxins.

As long as the current is not too strong and there are plenty of places for the shrimp to hide, cherry shrimp will generally be just fine.

Can Cherry Shrimp Climb Out of Tank

Can cherry shrimp climb out of a tank? Not without the help of a protruding decoration that’s also overhanging the tank itself.

Shrimp can climb fairly well, but they can’t climb glass. So if you’ve got large overhanging plants coming out of the aquarium, or a large piece of wood or decoration, it’s entirely possible for your shrimp to climb out.

If you’re worried about your shrimp escaping, be sure to remove any large protruding decorations from the tank and replace them with smaller items instead, or be sure they don’t overhang the edges of the tank for the shrimp to fall off.

Is Aquarium Salt Safe for Cherry Shrimp

Aquarium salt is often used to treat sick fish, and many hobbyists believe that it is essential for the health of their fish.

However, there is some debate about whether or not aquarium salt is safe for cherry shrimp. While it is true that shrimp are very sensitive to changes in water quality, if the salt is added gradually over a period of time, they will be able to acclimate to the new conditions.

In fact, many species of shrimp thrive in brackish water, and they will even breed in these slightly salty conditions. As long as the salt is added slowly and carefully, cherry shrimp will be fine in an aquarium that contains aquarium salt.

Are Cherry Shrimp Good for Cichlids

Cherry shrimp are very small, and they can easily be eaten by larger cichlids. There are no compatible cichlids that can stay with cherry shrimp.

If you’re looking for a feeder, cherry shrimp are a good food source for larger cichlids and will help to keep them healthy. If you’re keeping cichlids, you can include some cherry shrimp in the tank to help feed them.

But as tank mates, they will not be compatible at all.

Can Red Cherry Shrimp Get Ich

Any aquarium enthusiast will tell you that ich is a serious threat to both fish and shrimp. Ich is short for Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, a parasitic protozoan that can quickly kill both fish and shrimp.

However, it’s important to note that there are two different types of ich: fish ich and shrimp ich.

Fish ich cannot infect shrimp, and shrimp ich cannot infect fish. As a result, it’s possible to keep both fish and shrimp in the same aquarium without fear of one infecting the other.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that shrimp are immune to ich altogether. Shrimp ich is just as deadly as fish ich, and it can quickly decimate a population

Can You Have Too Many Cherry Shrimp

Like any other aquarium critter, it’s important not to overdo it with cherry shrimp. While they are small and seem harmless, too many shrimp can quickly overwhelm a tank.

They will compete for food and oxygen, and their waste can pollute the water. As a result, it’s important to keep track of the number of shrimp in your tank and to sell or donate or move any extras that the tank can’t handle.

In general, you want to keep the number of cherry shrimp to about 5 per gallon. By doing so, you can help ensure that your cherry shrimp stay healthy and happy.

Do Cherry Shrimp Need Oxygen

Cherry shrimp don’t need a lot of oxygen as fish do, but they do require some aeration in the tank via filter agitation or an airstone and air pump.

If the water in your tank is stagnant, your cherry shrimp will not be happy. Be sure to include some sort of aeration in your tank if you’re keeping cherry shrimp.

It’s important to note that the shrimp aren’t the only thing in the tank that needs access to oxygen. Your beneficial bacteria also need a healthy amount of oxygen to break down ammonia and nitrite. If the bacteria don’t have enough oxygen, your tank will become polluted and your shrimp will die.

Do Cherry Shrimp Need Light

While these shrimp are relatively easy to care for, they do need some special considerations when it comes to lighting.

Cherry shrimp need a normal light cycle in order to stay healthy and vibrant. If they are kept in darkness for too long, their colors will start to fade and they may eventually die.

In addition, cherry shrimp are very sensitive to changes in light intensity. If the light in their tank is suddenly turned off or turned up too high, they may experience stress and become more susceptible to disease.

As a result, it is important to provide cherry shrimp with a consistent and stable lighting environment. While they may not be the most high-maintenance shrimp out there, they do require some attention to their lighting needs.

It should also be said that keeping your shrimp in total darkness void of any light at all is inhumane and cruel. Even being next to a window is better than being shoved in a closet with no light whatsoever.

How Cold Can Cherry Shrimp Survive

Cherry shrimp need temperatures between 59F-68F in order to live happy and breed. As temperatures start to drop, their ability to breed discontinues. Any temperature below 40F will result in the shrimp dying if left at these colder temperatures.

With that being said, if you live in an area with temperatures below this threshold, it’s not advisable to keep cherry shrimp without a tank heater as they won’t live very long.

Why Is My Cherry Shrimp Turning Black

Genetic diversity and breeding are the two main reasons why cherry shrimp turn black. As the shrimp reproduce, their genes change, and the occurrence of black offspring increases.

Dormant wild genes could also take over later in a shrimps life, changing their color.

It’s important to note that black cherry shrimp are just as healthy and happy as their red counterparts and they can still breed with other red shrimp. However, if you’re looking to increase the black population in your tank, it’s best to allow the black shrimp to breed with each other.

Why Is My Cherry Shrimp Turning Clear

If your cherry shrimp is turning clear, it’s most likely because it’s about to molt or has just molted. During the molting process, shrimp shed their old shell and grow a new one.

This can be a stressful time for shrimp, and they may turn clear or pale as a result. Once the molting process is complete and the shell hardens, your shrimp should return to its normal coloration.

If it doesn’t, it could be a sign of illness or poor water quality.


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