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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Do My Cherry Shrimp Look Healthy?

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So I recently purchased some cherry shrimp for the very first time and so far they seem to be doing excellent! Quite a few of the females are showing signs of holding eggs and even seem to be approaching hatching phase.

So its been weeks since I made that initial purchase and the shrimp seem to largely be taking care of themselves who ever I am curious about their colouration. It’s progressively been getting redder. Is a super deep red healthy or a stress reaction? Let me know what you shrimp experts think.







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They might be turning darker to match the black substrate.
I think u win at shrimp life.
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Interesting thought. Any particular reason they would do that? Surely itís not a camouflage thing.

Also Iím dead serious when I say I do nothing for these shrimp beyond a weekly water change and the occasional feeding. If anything itís the shrimp who are Ďwinningí they cleaned my once algae plagued tank into a spotless paradise! :P
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It's a normal thing for coloration to change/deepen as shrimp get older, have better diets and adapt to their surroundings. Would encourage you to read as much as you can about shrimp here on the forum. Tons upon tons of great threads and tank journals.

Shrimp tend to do best when you don't try to overdo it. Simple water changes, monitoring parameters semi-regularly and appropriate feeding are all it takes. Many people, particularly those new to shrimp keeping or those who jump into things without doing much research, are surprised to find that in many (most?) cases, shrimp tanks don't need to be fed every day.

Some of my shrimp tanks get fed once a week because there aren't many critters and they don't need much more than the tanks produce. In more populated tanks, I have to feed every day in order to maintain a healthy colony.


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