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Product Description

PH Range:   7.4 – 8.5
Size:   0.5 – 0.75”
Temperature range:   72 – 85 F.
Diet:   Omnivore
Hardness Range:   3 – 10 dkh
Habitat:   Fully Aquatic
Life Span: 2-3 years

This is another species imported to the U.S. from Indonesia. Lake Poso of the Sulawesi area can boast of several discoveries of exciting shrimp species, among which is the White Orchid Shrimp.  Water parameters at the Malili Lake system are at a pH of 8.1, GH 5, KH 4, Temperature 89.9 F. These are the optimal water parameters for the White Orchid Shrimp in Indonesia but since they have arrived in the U.S. in 2007, they do remarkably well with somewhat altered parameters of the water. They are also known by the common names of Cardinal Shrimp, Sulawesi Shrimp and Starry Night. The pH of the water for the White Orchid Shrimp has to be moved a little higher toward the base range from other Dwarf Shrimp. They also like their water a little warmer. Other than that, their care is identical to that of other Dwarfs. Adaptation to the aquarium is relatively quick and once completed, these shrimp are quite easy to care for. Their diet consists of the same foods as that of the other Dwarf Shrimp. They are omnivores and eat almost anything that falls to the bottom of the tank. Eating algae helps keep the tank clean and White Orchid Shrimp are great algae eaters. Since diet should consist of variety, you can give them fish food flakes one day, algae wafers the next, blanched vegetable bits the day after that. The most important thing about feeding them is not to overdo it. Feeding once a day is enough and should be an amount that is eaten within two hours. Skipping a day of feeding is optional. It flushes out their system and they will still have algae to nibble on. There is very little difference between breeding methods and results between White Orchid Shrimp and any other Dwarf Shrimp. The most important areas that are conducive to breeding are water conditions and a steady supply of food. When the shrimp are content in their environment, they will breed. White Orchid Shrimp females tend to carry fewer eggs than other Dwarf Shrimp, but other than that, everything is the same. Hatchlings emerge from eggs after 3 – 4 weeks gestation. They are little miniatures of their parents.   At first they may be a little shy but once they become familiar with their surroundings, they are quite comfortable and swim and forage all day long. They display social tendencies with each other and are a beautiful species to watch. Avoid contact between your shrimp and anything that has copper in it. This metal is terrible for the health of your shrimp. After all the work you put into raising and enjoying them, you certainly don’t want to see them die of poisoning from a copper product.

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