Cardinal Shrimp

Cardinal Shrimp

The Cardinal Shrimp originates from Lake Mantano, its natural habitat retains a temperature of 82-85F, pH 8.5, TDS 180-220, GH 7, KH 5, and dissolved oxygen of 6.93 mg/L. Stability and highly oxygenated waters are a must for this species. Since its introduction, hobbyists have had success in pH conditions as low as 7.4.  However, a temperature range of 82+ still seems necessary even for tank-born shrimp, as well as very stable water parameters.


  • Scientific Name: Caridina Dennerli
  • Common Name: Cardinal Shrimp, Sulawesi Cardinal
  • Origin: Sulawesi
  • pH: 7.4-8.4
  • Temp: 80-84°F
  • TDS: 80-140
  • KH: 0-6
  • GH: 4-9
  • Fertility: Medium
  • Difficulty: Hard

Grading and Variations

The Cardinal shrimp can range from a light red to a wine red (almost black) coloration, with white or blue dots across its body and white maxillipeds.

Wine Red Cardinal with Blue Dots Light Red Cardinal with White Dots
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