Bloody Mary Shrimp make an eye catching and functional addition to any peaceful freshwater aquarium. Its brilliant red coloration adds a beautiful ornamental quality while its purposeful pursuit for algae and organic debris makes the Bloody Mary Shrimp an invaluable aquarium cleanup crew. Bloody Mary Shrimp are touted as the “reddest” of the Cherry Shrimp color varieties and are highly prized for their bold and striking coloration.
The Bloody Mary Shrimp have gained popularity thanks to their large appetite for all kinds of freshwater algae. These highly adaptable shrimp do well in freshwater aquariums with good filtration and water quality. However, Bloody Mary Shrimp will thrive in planted aquariums where food and shelter are abundant.
If there is a male and female in your aquarium Bloody Mary Shrimp will most likely breed. The female will carry a clutch of yellowish eggs under her tail until they hatch in about 30 days. The newly born shrimp will look like miniature adult shrimp and will eat the same thing as the adults. If breeding these shrimp, it is important to keep them in a breeder aquarium with a sponge filter. This added precaution helps maximize survival of young shrimp.
Like all invertebrates, Bloody Mary Shrimp are sensitive to copper. Copper-based medications should never be used in aquariums housing ornamental invertebrates. Do not house Bloody Mary Shrimp in aquariums with loaches, puffers, and other larger carnivores that will feed on invertebrates.
Bloody Mary Shrimp are omnivores that will consume algae, detritus and left over food. If insufficient food is present, supplement with algae tablets or quality flake food or pellets.