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The Red Fire shrimp is a sturdy creature that can adapt to a wide range of water parameters. It is known to survive in both hard and soft water and the pH-value can be from 6.0 (acidic) to 8.0 (alkaline). The water temperature should be kept in the 22-28 °C range.
There are generally 3-4 grades of Fire Red, starting with Sakura, then Fire Red, Taiwan Fire Red, and finally Painted Fire Red. All are a selectively bred colour morphs of Neocaridina heteropoda. They live and act very similar to Red Cherry shrimp. The females are usually more intense than the fully coloured males. Red Fire Shrimps grow to about 2.0 cm and can be 2 years old.
The origin of these shrimp variations is under some debate and due to the popularity of the Red Cherry shrimp it is unlikely that we will ever really know. There are claims of origins in Germany, Taiwan, and Other places. In truth with the ease of breeding Cherry Shrimp it probably was developed many places simultaneously, both at big farms and by local hobbyist alike.
The body and legs are red without cracking to the carapace. There may be some slight spotting on the legs but they should be mostly red in colour. There may be some translucence to the carapace such that the saddle may still be visible but still difficult to see under poor lighting.
About as "plug and play" as shrimp breeding gets, they breed in most water conditions and do so frequently. Once Breeding age is reached a single sexed pair kept in stable water conditions without outside predation of the shrimp fry(babies) could realistically yield hundreds of shrimp within a years time given enough space and food. When purchasing these shrimp for breeding it is wise to purchase at least 8-10 at a time to guarantee at least a couple pairs, additionally 1 shrimp per gallon to start(but at least 8) is a good rule if frequent breeding is desired. The rate of breeding is only slightly lower than lower grade Cherry red shrimp, but the number of viable offspring (that don't need to be culled) also affects the reproduction rate. The