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From Hobbyist to Entrepreneur: How to Start Your Own Shrimp Room Business

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

Aquarium freshwater shrimps are a popular choice for many hobbyists due to their beautiful colors, interesting behavior, and ease of care. There are several species of freshwater shrimp that are commonly kept in aquariums, including caridina, sulawesi, and neocaridina. In this article, we will discuss how to take care of each species, the aquarium setup, nutrition, breeding, and any special requirements needed to start a shrimp business.

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Caridina Shrimp

Caridina shrimp are a group of freshwater shrimp that are commonly kept in aquariums. They are native to Asia and are known for their vibrant colors and interesting patterns. Caridina shrimp prefer soft, acidic water with:

  • pH between 6.0 and 7.5

  • gH between 4 and 6

  • kH at a maximum of 1

  • temperature between 70-76℉ or 21-25℃


In terms of aquarium setup, caridina shrimp need plenty of hiding spots, such as driftwood, rocks, and plants. They also require a substrate made from fine-grained sand or active aqua soil to help with buffering the water and keep the kH in check.


Breeding caridina shrimp is relatively easy, but it does require specific conditions. To breed caridina shrimp, the water temperature should be increased to around 78℉ or 27℃. The females will carry the eggs in their saddle until they hatch, which takes approximately 3-4 weeks. Once hatched, the baby shrimp are small and need a safe environment to grow. A breeding tank with a sponge filter is a good option to ensure the survival of the young shrimp.


Neocaridina Shrimp

Neocaridina shrimp, also known as cherry shrimp, are a group of freshwater shrimp that are native to Asia. They are known for their bright red coloration, but they also come in a variety of other colors, including yellow, blue, and green. Unlike Caridina shrimp, Neocaridina shrimp are hardy and can tolerate a wide range of water conditions. They prefer:

  • pH between 7.0 and 8.0

  • gH between 4 and 8

  • kH between 1 and 8

  • temperature between 65-78℉ or 18-25℃


Breeding neocaridina shrimp is slightly easier than with Caridina and can be done in a community tank. The females will carry the eggs in their saddle until they hatch, which takes approximately 3-4 weeks. Temperature is not an issue with Neocaridina shrimp, however molting can be tricky when a female with eggs try to molt at elevated temperature.


Neocaridina shrimp also require plenty of hiding spots, such as driftwood, rocks, and plants.


Sulawesi Shrimp

Sulawesi shrimp are a group of freshwater shrimp that are native to the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. They are known for their unique coloration and patterns, as well as their sensitivity to water conditions. Sulawesi shrimp require water with:

  • pH between 7.5 and 8.5

  • gH between 6 and 8

  • kH between 3 and 5

  • temperature between 78-86℉ or 25-30℃


They also need a substrate or gravel made of gH enhancing material like crushed corals substrate and a neutral substrate like crushed lava rocks. As any other shrimp, sulawesi shrimps also need plenty of hiding spots, such as caves, driftwood and rocks.


Sulawesi shrimp are mainly herbivores, but will eat a variety of foods, mostly algae, vegetables, and occasionally commercial shrimp pellets.

It is important to note that sulawesi shrimp are sensitive to copper and other metals, so it is essential to avoid using any copper-based medications or supplements in the aquarium.