Caring for Red King Kong/Panda shrimp (RKK) is similar to caring for other Caridina shrimp species, and it involves specific requirements to ensure the shrimp's health and longevity. Here are some essential care tips for Red King Kong shrimp:
Tank Setup: Provide a well-planted tank with a shrimp substrate. Add decorations such as driftwood, rocks, and caves for the shrimp to hide and feel secure.
Water Parameters: Maintain stable water conditions with a pH between 6.0-6.8 and a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) level between 120-150 ppm. The water temperature should be around 68-78°F.
Diet: Provide a balanced diet for the BKK shrimp that includes both animal and plant-based foods. Feeding a high-quality shrimp pellet, algae wafers, and a variety of fresh vegetables, such as spinach or zucchini, can enhance their health and coloration.
Water Changes: Perform regular water changes of around 10-20% of the tank water weekly. Avoid using tap water that contains chlorine, chloramine, or heavy metals; instead, use reverse osmosis (RO) water.
Breeding: RKK shrimp are known to be challenging to breed, and it requires stable water parameters, a protein-rich diet, and a temperature of around 75°F to initiate breeding behavior.