Blue Velvet Shrimp Or Rcs?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by AbrielleRose, Apr 18, 2017.

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    AbrielleRose New Member Member

    A local fish store has blue velvet shrimp. I want to add shrimp to my planted aquarium to help eat any algae off the plants and decaying leaves. Would blue velvet shrimp do the same as RCS at helping with this or should I stick with RCS? I can't find anything on the web about their diet. Thanks.
     
  2. Mike the fish keeper

    Mike the fish keeper Valued Member Member

    Blue velvet shrimp are the same as rcs. Both are neocardina
     
  3. Briggs

    Briggs Well Known Member Member

    If you already have the red, stick with them. The blue are the same species so they'll breed, and the offspring with likely revert to a wild coloration. If you're just starting out, get whichever color you like best. It's the only difference.
     
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    AbrielleRose New Member Member

    Ok - thank you both. I don't have any shrimp at the moment. This is a new set up. I have hard water and high PH, so I'm thinking the blue shrimp will do better. Based on the little I was able to find about them.
     
  5. Briggs

    Briggs Well Known Member Member

    Anything you read about the red cherries will also apply to the blue dreams. They're just different color morphs of the same shrimp, the Neocaridina. You should do just fine with them though, they do well in a wide range of water parameters and are pretty easy to care for. 
     
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    AbrielleRose New Member Member

    Ok. My first shrimp ever, so I'm really new to shrimp. I think I will get the reds then. I really like how their color pops on the black substrate.
     




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