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Golden Bee Shrimp

Caridina cantonensis sp. "Golden Bee"

 

Overview

The Golden Bee Shrimp is quite an interesting shrimp. Some may call it a "Golden Crystal Red Shrimp," "Snow White Crystal Red Shrimp" or "All-White Crystal Red Shrimp", but I like to call it a Golden Bee Shrimp. It is a very nice shrimp to keep and very cool in person.

 

Background

As far as the actual history of this species, I haven't a clue. I wish I knew where they came from and who selectively bred them. I have a theory that this species was a selective bred hybrid between a nearly all white Crystal Red Shrimp and an Orange Bee Shrimp. I could be wrong, but that it is just my best guess. It is very interesting to me the orange color which is in the flesh and not in the shell. This is not a characteristic I have seen in any of my normal Crystal Red Shrimp. I have asked several well known breeders and they do not know its true origin either. It most likely came out of Japan.

 

Water Parameters

The Golden Bee Shrimp, just like the Crystal Red Shrimp, prefers soft acidic water. Clean water is also a must as with all shrimp in the hobby. Temperature should be lower than 80F and the pH should range from 6.2 to 6.8, gH should be between 4-6 and kH should be between 1-2. It is very important that the Golden Bee Shrimp be housed in specific conditions. Extremes in either water parameters mentioned should be avoided. Bad water parameters will easily show by the fading and/or disappearance of the white coloration.

 

Breeding

Breeding the Golden Bee Shrimp is just like breeding the Crystal Red Shrimp. The Golden Bee Shrimp can breed just as readily as most other Caridina species. This species will have brown colored eggs when pregnant. It will produce just as many offspring given that the water is clean and the parameters are suited for this species. It is reported that the Golden Bee Shrimp will interbreed with the Crystal Red Shrimp. Some breeders put both species together in the hopes of making the Crystal Red Shrimp breed a higher grade. For more information on the reproduction cycle of freshwater aquarium shrimp please read the article Shrimp Reproduction.

Pregnant Golden Bee Shrimp

The babies of the Golden Bee Shrimp are colored just like their parents immediate after hatching. You will immediately see the all-white coloration appear and as the baby grows the white will become more intense. Below is a photo of a baby Golden Bee Shrimp. Notice how the white coloration is not yet as intense as the adults.

Baby Golden Bee Shrimp

 

Sexing:

Sexing the Golden Bee Shrimp can be difficult at juvenile stage. Once females reach adulthood you can then tell the difference between sexes, or at least which are females. Females are easy to identify as they are larger and also have a curved underbelly. Look for size difference and more importantly the underbelly. The saddle of a female Golden Bee Shrimp may be virtually impossible to see due to the red coloration. You may however be able to see the saddle since it is a browning color and constrasts well with the all-white shrimp. In the above "Breeding" section is a photo of a pregnant Golden Bee Shrimp female. Notice the curved under belly. In the photo below notice how the underbelly is not curved. This is a sign that the shrimp could potentially be a male.

Male Golden Bee Shrimp

 

Feeding:

The Golden Bee Shrimp is not too different from other algae eating shrimps. It is a scavenger and an algae eater. Like its cousin, the Crystal Red Shrimp, the foods commonly used are pre-made Crystal Red Shrimp food, spinach, bloodworm, seaweed, and algae wafer. There are several different brands of Crystal Red Shrimp food as well as different sizes of the food and even powder food for young. Shirakura, Mosura, and Biomax are some of the more popular brands.

Feeding is best done once a day. Only feed an amount of food that the shrimp can finish within 2-3 hours maximum. It is not good to feed in excess and have food sitting for too long. Overfeeding is a known cause of death and can also cause water quality issues. Remember that shrimp are scavengers in the wild. They will eat whatever they find and are not used to a constant food source 24/7. Not feeding for one or two days is fine and will not harm this species at all. Sometimes I will not feed for a couple of days in order to let the shrimp cleanse their systems and keep the water clean at the same time.

Golden Bee Shrimp Eating with Crystal Red Shrimp

 

Coloration

Its coloration is very unique. It has a golden color in the flesh of the shrimp and the outside shell is white. The intensity of the white is like the Crystal Red Shrimp. Since there is no red coloration with the Golden Bee Shrimp the Crystal Red Shrimp Grading Guide does not apply obviously. If the shrimp is healthy and well established in its aquarium then the nice all-white coloration will be more intense. I took these photos one day after introducing them to my tank, therefore the white coloration is not near as solid as it is now. However, I did like the "popcorn" appearance they had at first. Once this species was well established and healthy, the white coloration really started to come back.

 

Grading

Some say that this species is actually "graded" based on the intensity of the white coloration. Some Golden Bee Shrimp do not have an all white intense coloration. The all pure white colored shrimp is considered the best grade/quality.

 

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All photos courtesy of Henry Hua

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