Red Cherry Shrimp


Red Cherry Shrimp (RCS) is the most common of all neocaridina heteropoda species. Hardy and prolific, they make an excellent high-contrast addition to any planted tank. The Red Cherry is a color morph of wild caught Taiwanese fresh water shrimp, of a natural brown-green coloration. Red Cherry has since mutated into other strains, including Yellow, Orange, Blue, Chocolate, Black, and Rili.


  • Scientific Name: Neocaridina Davidi (Heteropoda)
  • Common Name: Red Cherry Shrimp, Sakura Red, (Painted) Fire Red
  • Origin: Taiwan
  • pH: 6.0-8.0
  • Temp: 64-84°F
  • TDS: 80-400
  • KH: 0-10
  • GH: 4-14
  • Fertility: High
  • Difficulty: Easy

Grading and Variations

Red Cherry shrimp, as well as Yellow, Orange, Chocolate, and Black, fall under three primary grades: Cherry, Sakura, and Fire. The Cherry grade is transparent with speckles of red across its body. The Sakura is a more translucent red, having only minor lines of dots of clear through its carapace. The Fire grade is entirely red and has no obvious lines anywhere on its body. 

Cherry Grade Sakura Grade Painted Fire Grade
Cherry Grade Sakura Grade Fire Grade

The variation between Fire and Painted Fire is more subtle. On Fire grades, the saddle and eggs are still faintly visible. With Painted Fire, the carapace is completely opaque, and an outline of the saddle and eggs can only be seen against a very strong backlight. 

Fire Painted Fire
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