English name: Red Cherry, Cherry Shrimp, Fire shrimp, Sakura shrimp
Scientific name: Neocaridina heteropoda var. red

Family, Order, Class: Neocaridina
Size male/female: 2 cm / 2.5 cm or 0.8 inch / 1 inch
Water temperature: 18 – 28 °C or 64 – 82 °F
Water Parameters: pH 6.5 – 7.5
High or low breeding form: high
Behavior: non-aggressive
Origin: Taiwan
Difficulty: Easy
Live span: 1-2years

Sample image of fire red shrimp

Cherry shrimp has more transparent body color, sakura shrimps is rated as less solid red on their body.

Cherry shrimps is the most easy shrimp for beginners. They reproduce at the age of three months with the size of about 2cm.

Variations of the red are normal, it varies from solid red to wine red or brownish red. The coloration depends on the food, the mood and the genes.


Sometimes colorless or brown offspring occurrs. These shrimps show the coloration of the normal Neocaridina denticulata sinensis. The cherry shrimp is only a color morph of one of the nine sub-species of Neocaridina denticulata. The wild ancestors and other subspecies are brown, grey, transparent or blueish. Sometimes the mutated allel of the cherry shrimps does not work correctly anymore and the offspring looks like one of the mentioned wild subspecies.

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