USA BRED SHRIMP!
English name: Snowball Shrimp
Neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis var. white
Origin: Ulf Gottschalk, a shrimp breeder in germany
Size male/female: 1 in / 1.2 in
Water temperature: 69 - 82 �F
Water Parameters: pH 6.5 - 7.5
Breeding Rate: high
The Snowball Shrimp can be housed in many different water parameters. I have kept them in a pH range from 6.0 to 8.0, soft and hard water, temperatures from 72F to 84F and in many different soils like ADA Aquasoil and normal gravel. Too low of a temperature is not recommended as breeding will slow. Clean water is of course very important. If the water is not clean then this species will not flourish.
The Snowball Shrimp is extremely prolific, meaning that they breed readily and virtually around the clock. A healthy colony will quickly multiply and females will be constantly pregnant. It is typically 30-45 days from pregnancy to hatching. The best way to tell if a female is close to hatching her eggs is by the appearance of a set of eyes inside each egg. This is easy to spot and will let you know that hatching is literally days away. Another way to tell is by the emergence of a new saddle when the female still has eggs. The emergence of the saddle is the indication that the female is prepared to have a new set of eggs and that the current eggs are close to hatching. Please look at the photo below to see Snowball Shrimp Eggs with eyes.Remember that all color morphs (selectively bred colorful shrimp) are bred to produce only their respective color. Having them cross-breed with the same genus of another species defeats the purpose of even keeping a selectively bred species.