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I think you’ll agree, there really is just something about Amano Shrimp. My good friend Andy from @shrimplycanadian has a wonderful way of sharing information. Check out this video 👇🏻

I don’t know about you, but I have made all of these mistakes 🤦🏻‍♂️ Thank you @MarkShellyAquatics

Another superb video from Mark at @MarksShrimpTanks

I’m giving away a FREE copy of my book, The Neocaridina Shrimp Handbook, to a viewer of my latest video. To win a copy, just watch the video and I’ll tell you what you need to do. 7 Tips to Make Guppy Fry Grow Faster (Large Colorful Guppies)

7 Tips to Make Guppy Fry Grow Faster (Large Colorful Guppies)

Feeding variety to your shrimp is clearly the secret to success 👇🏻

This tank proved to be a real success 👇🏻 😎

If you live in the USA and are looking for shrimp that are born and raised in America, check out Mark Shelly Aquatics

About a month ago I started building a new Shrimp Studio. Unfortunately, the company supplying the insulation let me down repeatedly and failed to deliver on several occasions. However, I have it on good authority that the insulation is due to be delivered tomorrow morning, meaning the build can get back on track 🥳

6 Essential Foods to Make Your Shrimp Colony BOOM 💥!

My good friend Andy from @shrimplycanadian has just hit 1 year on YouTube. His high-quality videos are packed full of useful information. Go check him out today and show your support for his incredible work!

Hey everyone, check out todays video from Rick at ShrimplyExplained 👀

So excited to have 3 new colonies of Guppies in my care. Today I took delivery of a quad of Dragon Mosaic’s, Rose Tail Half Blacks and Yellow Tigers. Lots of Guppy content on the way 😍

At what age do Red Cherry Shrimp typically reach sexual maturity?

BREEDING Red Cherry Shrimp! How Many in 45 Days? 🦐

Over the past 5 days, I have published chapters of my book, The Neocaridina Shrimp Handbook. You can download the full copy by visiting (50% off the usual price)

In tomorrow's video, I reveal how many Red Cherry Shrimp I managed to breed in just 45 days. The video is out Friday at 2:15pm UK time (9:15am Eastern) Channel members can watch the video right now by heading to the members' area of the channel.

The following is an extract from The Neocaridina Shrimp Handbook book Grading Red Cherry Shrimp If there is one aspect of Neocaridina Shrimp that really leads to heated debates, it's the subject of grading. Grading essentially refers to how colorful the shrimp are. Typically, it is the Red Cherry Shrimp that are discussed most when it comes to grading, but blues and yellows are not far behind. When it comes to grading shrimp, it is important to remember these 3 rules; 1. The deeper the color, the better - Grading shrimp is all about the color. For example, with Red Cherry Shrimp, the more red color a shrimp has and the greater the color intensity, the higher ‘grade’ that shrimp will be considered. 2. Opacity is important - Higher-grade shrimp will have more opaque bodies. Low-grade shrimp have more translucent bodies. 3. Males and females differ - Typically, females are more colorful than males. Whilst a single female from a brood may turn out to be a high grade with a well-colored, opaque body, a male from the same brood may be fairly translucent and considered low grade. As mentioned, it tends to be the Red Cherry Shrimp that are most frequently subjected to grading. Whilst blues and yellows are also occasionally graded, there is not the same level of variety as there is with the reds. At the time of writing, it is generally agreed upon that there are 6 different grades of Red Cherry Shrimp. They are; * Cherry Grade * Low Sakura Grade * High Sakura or AA Grade * Fire Red Grade * Painted Fire Red Grade * Bloody Mary Grade As I say, this list is current at the time of writing, however, it should be noted that new grades are coming on the market at fairly regular intervals, and if you are reading this at some point in the future, there may be even more grades available. The chart below, which is reproduced courtesy of, provides a visual guide to help hobbyists try to determine which grade of shrimp they might have or be looking to buy. One important note here is grading is often subjective. In other words, a shrimp that I consider to be Painted Fire Red Grade, in your opinion may only be considered Fire Red Grade. Equally, my very best-looking shrimp may pale into insignificance compared to your very best shrimp. Try not to fall out with other hobbyists over what grade this or that shrimp might be. I have witnessed some surprisingly heated debates on forums and Facebook groups over whether or not a shrimp should be called a Bloody Mary Shrimp.

True or False: Male Red Cherry Shrimp tend to be larger and more colorful than the females?

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The following is an extract from The Neocaridina Shrimp Handbook book I think one of the reasons Neocaridina Shrimp have become so popular in recent years is the truly vast number of color variations available. At the time of writing, there are around 40 or more different color variations available, and it seems that number grows every year. Whilst the wild Neocaridina davidi shrimp is a gray to brown color, it seems it has the ability deep down inside to produce much brighter colors. Over the last 30 or 40 years, extremely talented and dedicated breeders have managed to take the wild, brown shrimp, and produce reds, blues, yellows, greens, oranges and even blacks. The red color strain is so popular, the common name, Red Cherry Shrimp has become synonymous with Neocaridina davidi. There are probably 10 or more variants of Red Cherry Shrimp, with the Bloody Mary Shrimp often being considered the pinnacle of Red Cherry Shrimp. Whilst we have not seen quite so many different color grades with the other color strains, the blues are certainly heading in a similar direction, and I would not be surprised to see the greens and yellows following along soon. One thing to bear in mind is that no matter which color of Neocaridina Davidi you go for, they are essentially the same shrimp. I sometimes hear people refer to the different colors as being different species. They are the same species, just different color variants. The care requirements of these shrimp are essentially the same no matter which color strain they are. With that said, however, some keepers do find certain color strains to be more fragile than others, although personally, I think that relates to their particular shrimp rather than every shrimp of that particular color. I frequently get comments on my YouTube videos asking “What grade of shrimp are they?” referring to whatever shrimp happens to be featured in that video. One aspect of shrimp grading that often escapes new hobbyists, is the fact that it doesn't really matter what grade you start with, unless you cull heavily, and remove EVERY shrimp from the colony that does not meet the grade, your colony will quickly breed itself to just a general grade. In other words, whilst I might spend a small fortune buying a colony of very high-grade Bloody Mary Shrimp, unless I am continually removing any baby shrimp that do not match the grade, the colony will quickly become a mixed bag of high, medium, and low-grade shrimp. Keeping an entire colony at high grade requires a lot of dedication and vigilance by the shrimp keeper.

True or False: If female Cherry Shrimp feel threatened by predators they will abandon their eggs.

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The following is an extract from The Neocaridina Shrimp Handbook book Anatomy of a Neocaridina Shrimp - Part 2 At the very front of the Neocaridina Shrimp, we have the rostrum (from the Latin rōstrum meaning “Beak”). The shrimp’s rostrum is a hard extension that extends forward of the eyes. The rostrum's primary job is to protect the eyes, however, it also helps keep the shrimp stable in the water when they shoot backward. At the end of their rostrums, Neocaridina Shrimp have Antennae (two long antennae) and Antennule (two short antennae). The long antennae are used by the shrimp to gather information about their immediate environment. They can sense vibrations in the water through these antennae. The short antennae are used to collect chemical information, kind of like smell and taste in humans. Neocaridina shrimp have a pair of eyes, which sit on either side of their rostrum. They can move each of their eyes independently thanks to their short eyestalks. Shrimp eyes are very good at detecting movement. The shrimp benefit from having panoramic vision, meaning they can see in all directions, which is especially important when you are as close to the bottom of the food chain as dwarf shrimp are. Internally, Neocaridina Shrimp are just as fascinating as they are externally. The vast majority of their internal organs are located in the head and chest area (known as the Cephalothorax). The intestine system is located in the abdomen. Neocaridina Shrimp have what is often known as an open circulatory system, meaning the entire abdominal cavity is filled with blood. The internal organs of the Neocaridina Shrimp are incredibly small, but they manage to pack everything they need into their tiny bodies. Just behind their eyes sits the shrimp's brain. The brain is connected to a nerve cord that runs the length of their body. Directly behind the brain is the shrimp's stomach. One of the fascinating parts of shrimp keeping is the stomach often turns the color of whatever they have been eating. This is especially prevalent in the light or clear-colored shrimp, such as the Snowballs. The shrimp's stomach is connected to their intestine, which also runs the length of their bodies, terminating at the anus, just beneath the tail. Next, it’s the heart, which lies just behind the stomach. The heart's job is to circulate blood around the body cavity, supplying the internal organs with oxygen and nutrients. Interestingly, Neocaridina Shrimp blood is actually a light blue color rather than red like our own. Shrimp blood is blue because they do not have hemoglobin in it, but rather hemolymph. Hemolymph contains hemocyanin, which contains two copper ions. Therefore, shrimp need a certain level of copper in their diets for proper blood circulation. Just below the heart, female Neocaridina Shrimp have their ovaries. This is where their eggs are produced. Lighter-colored shrimp are famed for their ability to show they are developing eggs inside their bodies. We hobbyists refer to female shrimp that have developing eggs inside their body cavities as being ‘saddled’. After mating with a male, the female starts moving the eggs (squeezing) from the ‘saddle' to the brood pouch. At that moment the eggs go through the sperm and become fertilized. The brood pouch itself is formed by the females’ pleopods. They hold the eggs until they are ready to hatch. We often refer to females who are holding eggs as being ‘berried’