Keeping Crystal Red Shrimp (CRS) requires specific water parameters and conditions, as they are sensitive and require stable and consistent conditions to thrive. Here are some of the requirements to keep CRS:
Water parameters: CRS require a pH range of 6.0-6.8, a water hardness between 4-6 gH and a low Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) level of around 120-150 ppm. It is recommended to use a TDS meter to monitor and maintain stable water conditions.
Aquarium setup: CRS are sensitive to fluctuations in water parameters, so it is important to maintain a stable and consistent environment. A planted aquarium with shrimp substrate is recommended, along with some hiding places and a few floating plants for shade and cover.
Filtration: A gentle sponge filter or a hang-on-back filter with a pre-filter sponge is recommended to maintain water quality and provide adequate water flow.
Water changes: Regular water changes are important for maintaining stable water parameters and removing accumulated pollutants. A 10-20% water change every week is recommended.
Feeding: CRS are omnivorous and will feed on a variety of foods, including algae wafers, shrimp pellets, blanched vegetables, and specialized shrimp food. A varied diet is important for maintaining their health and vitality.
Avoid copper: CRS are sensitive to copper and other heavy metals, which can be harmful or even fatal to them. Ensure that any equipment or supplements used in the aquarium are copper-free.
Avoid medication: Certain medications and chemicals can be harmful to CRS, so it is important to research and avoid any treatments that may be harmful to them.