USA BRED SHRIMP!
English name: Red Sakura
Neocaridina Heteropoda var. "Red Sakura"
Origin: Varies by strain
Size male/female: 0.8 inch / 1.0 in
Water temperature: 68 - 78F
Water Parameters: pH 6.5 - 7.8
Breeding Rate: High
Sakura Red Shrimp
The body of the female is almost entirely red, there may be some translucent patches near the underbelly and a saddle may still be visible. Cracking in the carapace may also be visible. The males may look similar to male cherry shrimp and be near colorless.
Fire Red Shrimp
The body and legs are red without cracking to the carapace. There maybe some slight spotting on the legs but they should be mostly red in color. There may be some translucence to the carapace such that the saddle may still be visible but still difficult to see under poor lighting.
Taiwan Fire Red Shrimp
Very similar to the Fire Reds with two notable exceptions, first there is a distinct uniformity in the coloration, with the red covering all visible parts of the shrimp and second they apparently breed a higher percentage of similar offspring than normal fire red with 80-90% being of similar grade.
Painted Fire Red Shrimp
There is a deeper darker color here, in both the males and the females. The saddle is rarely visible even under direct light and the males look between high grade sakura reds and can have coloration similar to the females.
Taiwan Fire Red Shrimp, also known as Taiwan Painted Shrimp. Very similar to the Fire Reds with two notable exceptions, first there is a distinct uniformity in the coloration, with the red covering all visible parts of the shrimp and second they apparently breed a higher percentage of similar offspring than normal fire red with 80-90% being of similar grade.
If you want a shrimp to stand out in your tank, this is the one. They are a very undemanding shrimp and will acclimate to most water conditions as long as you avoid extremes. I keep mine in a PH of 7.0 and 74 degrees. They are easy to reproduce and are a delight to watch. Their coloring, especially on adult females looks like they were painted with red paint. This is a must have shrimp for shrimp hobbyist.
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.