Blue Velvet Shrimp make eye catching and functional additions to any peaceful freshwater aquarium. Its dazzling blue coloration adds a beautiful ornamental quality while its purposeful pursuit for algae and organic debris makes the Blue Velvet Shrimp an invaluable aquarium cleanup crew. Amazingly, Blue Velvet Shrimp are a color variety of Red Cherry Shrimp. Through selective breeding, a breath-taking blue color variety was developed to achieve the Blue Velvet Shrimp.
The Blue Velvet Shrimp have gained popularity thanks to their large appetite for all kinds of freshwater algae. These highly adaptable shrimp do well in any freshwater aquarium with good filtration and water quality. However, Blue Velvet Shrimp will thrive in planted aquariums where food and shelter are abundant.
If there is a male and female in your aquarium Blue Velvet 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, Blue Velvet Shrimp are sensitive to copper. Copper-based medications should never be used in aquariums housing ornamental invertebrates. Do not house Blue Velvet Shrimp in aquariums with loaches, puffers, and other larger carnivores that will feed on invertebrates.
Blue Velvet 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.