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PH Range:   6.5 – 7.5
Size:   1 – 1.2”
Hardness Range:    3-10  Dkh                       
Diet:   Omnivore
Temperature Range:   72 – 82 F.
Habitat:   Fully Aquatic
Life Span:  1 – 1.5 years

Selective breeding resulted in the Pearl Blue Shrimp for Ulf Gottschalk in Germany. The Pearl Blue comes from the Neocardinia cf.zhangjiajiensis, which was the wild type. After a long amount of time and tedious work, Gottschalk was rewarded with the Pearl Blue Shrimp and its extraordinary color.  Many consider the Pearl Blue Shrimp to be the first true breeding Dwarf Shrimp that was blue. They are not hard to care for. Water temperature can actually have an 18-degree range, from 68 – 86 F., with the ideal temperature at 72 – 82 F. They like a slight alkalinity in the water but are easily adaptable. The biggest thing with this undemanding shrimp is to keep the water clean and free from contaminates. Once per day feedings are probably perfect for this shrimp as you won’t want to feed too much.  Don’t feed more than they can eat within 2 – 3 hours or the left-over food will decay and invite bacteria to grow. It will also add to the murkiness of tank water. Since they are scavengers in the wild, they do not always get food readily. It will do them no harm not to feed them for a day, once a month or so. This gives their body system a chance to flush out. When you feed them, you can give them fish food flakes or pellets. Another great diet supplement is bits of blanched vegetables, especially spinach. You can also purchase regular shrimp food if you prefer but that is not a requirement.
They are prolific breeders. They are berried for about 3 weeks before the young hatch. Breeding occurs about every 2 months. Breeding depends much on temperature because if the water is too cool, Pearl Blue Shrimp will not breed. So long as the water parameters are favorable and the shrimp are happy in their environment, they will have no problem breeding often. These are active swimmers and you will enjoy them swimming in front of you. They are a non-aggressive species but must be kept apart from other species. Pearl Blue Shrimp will quickly breed with other species. The uncontrolled, produced hybrid will not be a very attractive shrimp and will have totally defeated the purpose of buying the beautiful Pearl Blue Shrimp. There is really only one thing that you have to be super-careful about: Copper. Shrimp are highly sensitive to the effects of copper upon them. It will kill them. For that reason, keep everything copper and copper-containing away from shrimp and their aquarium.

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