Mandarin Shrimp (Neocaridina sp.)

Mandarin Shrimp (Neocaridina sp.)


  • Water Conditions: 60-80° F, KH 3-10, pH 6.0-7.6
  • Max. Size: 1″
  • Color Form: Orange
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Origin: Far East
  • Family: Atyidae
  • Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
  • Care Level: Easy – Moderate
  • Temperament: Peaceful


The Mandarin Shrimp is a magnificent ornamental shrimp with striking coloration. Like a living gem stone, the Mandarin Shrimp injects rich color to the aquarium environment. Similar to other Neocaridina shrimp, the Mandarin Shrimp offers the invaluable service of cleaning aquariums of algae and organic debris. Brilliant orange coloration and the curious movements of this busy little shrimp deliver visual interest sure to liven up any peaceful freshwater aquarium.
The Mandarin Shrimp and other Neocaridina shrimp are extremely popular thanks to their interesting personality and healthy appetite for all kinds of freshwater algae. Though the Mandarin Shrimp is a highly adaptable shrimp, it prefers an established freshwater aquarium of at least 10 gallons with plenty of hiding places, sufficient amounts of algae on which to feed and a mature substrate. Good filtration and high water quality are ideal. The Mandarin Shrimp thrives in planted aquariums where food and shelter are abundant. A dedicated shrimp aquarium makes care for the Mandarin Shrimp easier and provides an exceptional conversation piece. To dramatically emphasize the gorgeous coloration of the Mandarin Shrimp, aquascape your aquarium with dark-colored substrate.

Once established in its new home, this active freshwater shrimp is predominantly orange in color. Keep in mind that new arrivals demonstrate varying degrees of “orange.” The Mandarin Shrimp is often clear in appearance until it has properly acclimated and adjusted to its new environment.

Under ideal conditions, the Mandarin Shrimp will most likely breed in your aquarium if there is a male and female. The female Mandarin Shrimp will carry the eggs under her tail until they hatch in about 30 days. The newly born shrimp will look like miniature adult shrimp and will eat the same thing as the adults. If breeding these shrimp, it is important to keep them in a breeder aquarium with a sponge filter. This added precaution helps maximize survival of young shrimp.

The Mandarin Shrimp is an omnivore that consumes algae, detritus and leftover food. If insufficient food is present, supplement with a quality flake food or shrimp pellets.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/3″ to 2/3″


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