Black and brown dwarf shrimp, Caridina cf. babaulti
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  • Wild form from India
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Black and brown dwarf shrimp, Caridina cf. babaulti
The black brown dwarf shrimp is a beautiful, dark colored shrimp for planted warmer aquariums. Their breeding is relatively uncomplicated if a few things are taken into account such as a shrimp-proof filter and the presence of the finest initial food. The Black Brown Dwarf Shrimp is not as common in the hobby, but that is undeserved in our opinion - it is really pretty. - Garnelio
Water values: soft to hard
Origin: acclimatized wild
Propagation: possible in fresh water
Coloring: brown
Difficulty: suitable for beginners

The black-brown dwarf shrimp goes under the name Caridina cf. babaulti. It stands out due to its rich, black-brown coloration. Especially in aquariums with a light bottom these shrimps therefore stand out very nicely. With a size of 2.5 to 3 cm, the females do not grow quite as large as other dwarf shrimp. The males remain somewhat smaller and are also less bulky.

The breeding of the black brown dwarf shrimp is, as with all shrimp of the Caridina babaulti species complex, a little more complicated, because the females carry relatively many small eggs (between 50 and 80), from which larvae hatch, survive in freshwater and moult into juvenile shrimp within a few hours. The offspring of the black brown dwarf shrimp is very small, so the filter, for example, must be absolutely larvae-proof. In the breeding tank, for example, an airlift filter with sponge cartridge is recommended. Optimal for successful reproduction is a species tank. Mulm and fine dust food are very helpful for breeding.

The relatively undemanding black brown dwarf shrimp eats algae deposits and other biofilms as well as fish food remains in the community tank. It especially likes brown autumn leaves, which can remain in the aquarium as permanent food and does not negatively influence the water values. Twice a week, black brown dwarf shrimp should be provided with a suitable protein food to meet their protein needs in a healthy manner. On the remaining days, a food with a higher vegetable content is preferable.

Black brown dwarf shrimp are absolutely peaceful group animals and can be socialized with other peaceful aquarium inhabitants without any problems. However, the requirements for the water values should match.

Our food recommendation:NatureHolic's soft Mainfeed Softpads are designed for daily feeding. They contain all the nutrients shrimp need for shell development, egg formation and growth. During production we pay attention to a gentle and environmentally friendly production, in which the vitamins and other valuable ingredients are preserved as far as possible.

Our plant recommendation: Use for planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planaria and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend when keeping fish the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

Scientific name: Caridina cf. babaulti Bouvier, 1918
German name: Black-brown dwarf shrimp
Difficulty level: for beginners
Origin/Distribution: India
Coloration: dark brown to blackish brown, some females with dorsal stripe
Age expectancy: 18 to 24 months
Water parameters: GH 8 to 22, KH 3 to 8, pH 7 to 7.5, temperature 24 to 30 °C
Tank size: 10 l and up, but we recommend a size of at least 20 l, especially for beginners
Food: Protein food 1 to 2x weekly, otherwise rather vegetable(Natureholic Mainfeed)
Reproduction: moderate, after four to six weeks 50 to 80 very small larvae hatch and develop in fresh water
Behavior: peaceful
Socialization: with other shrimp, mussels and snails, also with small peaceful fish, crayfish and freshwater crabs
Additional information: Crossbreeding table, Which fishes associate with shrimp, Buying shrimp - acclimation tips


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