Dwarf Shrimp Care Sheets



Cherry, Blue Dream, Blue Rose, Blue Pearl, Red Sakura, Bloody Mary and other dwarf Shrimp Overview + Care Sheet


All of our shrimp are color variants of the Neocaridina davidi species and these shrimps are very suitable for beginners.  These are freshwater shrimp and can live in almost any freshwater aquarium as they are very adaptable. They are very popular for planted tanks and community tanks, and many people use them in large aquariums for waste management and algae control. However please read all of the below so that you can ensure they live long healthy lives:


These shrimps grow to a maximum size of 2 inches in length, although this will only be attained by the largest females. The most common maximum length is about 1.5 inches for females, and 1.25 inches for males.

Recommended Aquarium + Tank Parameters

These shrimps MUST be placed into a cycled tank.  They are VERY sensitive to the nitrogen cycle and have ZERO tolerance for ammonia.  Repeat:  Test your water, if you have any ammonia, perform a water change.  That said, shrimps are very tolerant to most types of water. 

  • pH level range: 6.4 to 8.0, ideal range: 6.8 to 7.5

  • Temperature range: 72° to 82° F – You may need a heater if you keep your heat or AC below 72.

    • These shrimps prefer to live in tanks with live aquatic plants (such as willow moss, baby tears, green cabomba, etc.). There are a few reasons for this:
  • Dwarf shrimp love the cover that plants provide them
  • They love to graze on the plants for algae
  • Plants help keep the water clean for the shrimp
Tank Mates
  • Other dwarf shrimp
  • Snails (all types)
    • Ramshorn Snails
    • Mystery Snails
    • Nerite Snails
    • We only recommend guppy fish as fish tank mates for juveniles and adults


These Shrimp require very little food. Overfeeding is a common cause of death, so do not feed them more than they can eat in two hours. In established tanks where there is plenty of algae and biofilm, dwarf shrimp may not need extra food at all. In addition to fish or shrimp flake foods and pellets, dwarf shrimp will also eat vegetables (such as zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, and spinach) and crab food.


Avoid any food product, medication, or plant fertilizer that contains Copper of any form. Copper is toxic to invertebrates. Many commercial fish foods, medications, and plant fertilizers contain copper or more commonly copper sulfate. Always look at the ingredient list for any product going into the aquarium to ensure they are copper free.

Water Changes

 They are sensitive to chlorine, so ensure that you dechlorinate your water before and when you change it. This can be done free and easy by letting the water sit 24 hours in an extra tank or bucket or old milk gallon container/jug

 What to Expect from Shrimp from Tails and Snails Aquatics?

  • We ship juvenile shrimp, ages 4-6 weeks
  • We have bred them onsite in our fish room
  • You may end up with some extra babies in your bag as our breeder tanks have adults, babies and juveniles and it is impossible to get the babies out. If you have a sponge filter, the babies will do great and thrive.
  • We cannot discern from males and females at this age
  • You might receive berried shrimps. This means they are carrying eggs and you might have shrimplets.  If so, make sure you have a sponge filter, so it doesn’t suck up any babies.
  • Any DOA (Dead on Arrivals) – we will send more or give you store credit depending on our stock availability. Take a picture within 1 hour of receiving and send to orders@tailsandsnailsaquatics.com

 Introducing them into Your Aquarium

  • Be home when they are delivered, sitting in heat or cold will kill them
  • Ensure your ammonia level is zero – they are extremely intolerant to ammonia and they will die if your tank is not cycled.
  • Add them to your new tank
  • Ensure water changes are done regularly to keep ammonia low
  • Do NOT overfeed them – this will taint water quality and kill them
  • Most Fish WILL eat them, avoid placing them with any non-peaceful medium or large fish
  • Add plants if you do not have any – they love plants and it will allow them to live much longer and breed if you want additional shrimps

Questions? Contact us anytime at orders@tailsandsnailsaquatics.com