Freshwater Shrimp Water Parameters

If you have any questions, please post in the Comments section below, and we will reply to your questions

To begin with, we would like to point out the following, which could help you in your new shrimp keeping journey. All it takes is the correct start up, this will save you lot of problems in the future.

Shrimp keeping is a hobby that requires a lot of effort & patience, Don't forget this golden rule "if it works for you, don't change it". Shrimp keeping can be a straightforward process if you started correctly at the start. Two main questions that often asked by new shrimp keepers:

1. Do you know your tank water parameters?

Before deciding to purchase shrimps from a local fish store or from a person selling online, it is very important that you decide how much time & effort you will put in this.

It is very good idea to know your current water parameters first before deciding which shrimps would you prefer to keep. To do so, you will need these following thing

1. A TDS pen (can be bought on Ebay from £6-£8 free delivered), please make sure they are in PPM.
2. A GH & KH liquid test kit (ideally we recommend the Nutrafin).
3. An API freshwater master test kits (around £18-£20 on Ebay)
4. A good water dechlorinator if you are using tap water (we recommend Seachem Prime, it is expensive but treat more water volume then any other brands). If you use RO water with TDS of more than 5-10 ppm then add 1 drop of Prime to 25L RO just to be safe.

Upon testing your local tap water parameters, you can then decide which shrimps shall you keep depends on the level of engagement you would want to put in. Then you can decide whether going with tap water route or RO water route.

2. Which shrimps shall you keep?

If you do not want to use the RO water route, then consider option A or B below:

A. If your local tap water is hard (ph 7-7.6), you would be better off with Neocaridina shrimps like red cherry, yellow cherry, blue dream, blue jelly shrimps, etc..) and Tiger shrimps (Caridina sp.) which including blue tiger orange eyes, red tiger, black tigers, super tiger shrimps. And you can perfectly keeping these 2 species together without interbreeding.

B. If your local tap water is soft, in the range pH between 6.2-6.6 and TDS out of the tap less than 120ppm, you can then think of keeping species like bee shrimps, including crystal red & crystal black shrimps, and potential taiwan bee shrimps. You will notice your shrimps will breed very slowly due to the KH value, but the shrimps will survive.

In case of A & B, using tap water, you would need to make sure your water is dechlorinated to remove all the harmful substances in the tap water. 

If you want to use RO water for your shrimps tank.

C. To keep Neocaridina Cherry shrimps and Tiger shrimps, you can use inert gravel (we used the black fine grain gravel from Petsathome or similar), and mix RO water with Salty Shrimp Shrimp Mineral GH/KH+ this product will give you a desire TDS with the GH:KH level of 2:1 so it is ideally for both cherry and tigers.

D. To keep Caridina species like crystal red/ black shrimps, taiwan bee shrimps, it is best to use shrimp substrate, which is an active soil - a soil that helps to keep stable water pH in the low range for these type. You will need this product Salty Shrimp Bee Shrimp GH+

Using RO water with the 2 Salty Shrimp products above will give you full control of the water parameters and you won't get any surprised from tap water as water utility companies are only obliged to make water safe for human consumption and tend to change their water chemistry reguarly, especially if there was any works carried out on the water pipe.

If you decided to go with RO water and active soil, we have a separate post on how to setup Bee shrimp tank as well, please ask

3. Shrimp water parameters

Please note - all the shrimps in these following photos are our shrimps, no google or library image.. We keep & breed them and these are what consider to be the optimum water parameters for these following shrimps:

SOFT WATER shrimp species

This water parameters also apply to:

Pure Red Line

Crystal Red Shrimps

Crystal Black Shrimp

Snow White shrimps

Golden Bee Shrimp

It is always best practice to ask the person who is selling shrimps to you the water parameters the shrimps are kept, so you can try to match these parameters as much as possible

This water parameters also apply to:

Blue Bolt shrimps

Wine Red Shrimps

Red Ruby shrimps

Panda shrimps

Blue shadow panda shrimps

Black King Kong shrimps

Red Ruby shrimps

It is always best practice to ask the person who is selling shrimps to you the water parameters the shrimps are kept, so you can try to match these parameters asmuch as possible

This water parameters also apply to:

Zebra Pinto

Multistripes Pinto

Spotted Head Pinto

We recommend you should start with keeping taiwan bee shrimps first before getting these delicate shrimps due to their price tags and sensitiveness to water parameters. They require constantly stable parameters

It is always best practice to ask the person who is selling shrimps to you the water parameters the shrimps are kept, so you can try to match these parameters asmuch as possible

HARD WATER Shrimps


OEBT shrimps are tigers shrimps so they would prefer slightly pH, TDS. 

Also they prefer cooler temperature than other bee shrimps. Therefore you can get away without a heater in their tank if you are keeping them indoor with central heating.

It is always best practice to ask the person who is selling shrimps to you the water parameters the shrimps are kept, so you can try to match these parameters as much as possible

Red Tiger are originated from the wild

They prefer cooler temperature than other bee shrimps. Therefore you can get away without a heater in their tank if you are keeping them indoor with central heating.

It is always best practice to ask the person who is selling shrimps to you the water parameters the shrimps are kept, so you can try to match these parameters as much as possible

Tangerine Tigers can be seen as very hardy shrimps, they can stay in variety of water parameters. If you decide to do cross breeding project, please set your tank up for Bee shrimps and the tangerine tiger will adapt to this parameters.

Tiger prefer cooler temperature than other bee shrimps. Therefore you can get away without a heater in their tank if you are keeping them indoor with central heating.

It is always best practice to ask the person who is selling shrimps to you the water parameters the shrimps are kept, so you can try to match these parameters as much as possible

Cherry shrimps can adapt to higher TDS range (200-300 ppm), so taking time to acclimate them if you buy from a lower TDS source

This water parameters also apply to:

Red Cherry Shrimps

Yellow Cherry Shrimps

Blue Jelly shrimps

Blue Dream shrimps

Chocolate Sakura

Black Sakura shrimps

White Pearl shrimps

It is always best practice to ask the person who is selling shrimps to you the water parameters the shrimps are kept, so you can try to match these parameters as much as possible

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