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BKK, Wine Red, and Blue Bolt Shrimp – Caridina cantonensis
- Name: Caridina cantonensis
- Temperature: 65-74F
- Size: 1-1.5”
- pH: 5.5-6.5
- kH: 0-2, 0 preferred
- gH: 3-6
- TDS: 90-130
- Care Level: ⅘
These shrimps are absolutely stunning and gorgeous. Their difficulty in care and striking coloration make them a sort of “holy grail” for shrimp keepers. The Wine Red shrimp is the red version of the Black King Kong and shares the same patterns.
The Wine Red and Black King Kong are either solid in color, have a small white triangle on the hump on their back, or a striped white “panda” patterning. The striped pattern is the reverse of the Crystal shrimp. Crystal shrimp have white heads, while BKK and Wine Reds have black and red heads, respectively.
The Blue Bolt shrimp does not have any exact patterning, only grades based on the amount and color of blue that they have. Lower grades have mottled blue heads with white bodies, and as the grade increases, the amount of white lessens, and the blue deepens.
All of these can be kept together in the same tank without losing their coloration. The babies will look like the adults, and even if different colors breed, they will breed true. These shrimps are extremely expensive, and you could end up paying over $100 for a single shrimp, so they are not commonly found in community aquariums.
from – BYA