Golden Bee shrimp, also known as White Bee shrimp, are a popular and highly prized variety of Caridina shrimp. They are known for their distinctive black and white coloration and require specific water parameters, a high-quality diet, and a well-maintained tank to thrive. To care for Golden Bee Shrimp, it's important to provide them with the following:
Water parameters: Golden Bee Shrimp 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: Golden Bee Shrimp 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: Golden Bee Shrimp 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: Golden Bee Shrimp 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 Golden Bee Shrimp, so it is important to research and avoid any treatments that may be harmful to them.