Crystal Red Shrimp

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Wrote by Zeck, translated by Logow

‘Crystal Red Shrimp’
Hisayasu Suzuki, 1996

CRS Synonyms :

  • Caridina cf. cantonensis ‘Crystal Red’

See taxonomy

Common names :

  • Red Bee Shrimp
  • Crystal Red Shrimp (CRS)
  • Cristal Red Shrimp
  • Kristallrote Bienengarnele

Normally, there is only one page for the whole specie (here Caridina cf. cantonensis), and not a specific post for one variety. However, the Crystal Red Shrimp is so widely spread out amongst enthusiasts, that we have decided to make a detailed and personalized page for this variety.

Crystal Red Shrimp is not a scientific name and although it is now determined like a variety of Caridina cf. cantonensis, it was previously specified as Caridina serrata sp. bee until 1999. (/!\ Information to verify, as an invalid synonym exists Neocaridina serrata Dudgeon, 1985, 1987)

This is a stabilized recessive selection of the red gene in Caridina cf. cantonensis ‘bee’. Created in 1991 for the first time, this selection was described by the shrimp breeder Hisayasu Suzuki, who patented the name “Crystal Red” in Japan .

source : the articleRed bee shrimp in the fresh water tank

On 1996/5/17, Japanese newspaper reported.

Mr. HISAYASU SUZUKI has succeeded in breeding true red bee shrimp. He has named the shrimp “Crystal Red” and has been awarded a patent for his new shrimp.

Mr, SUZUKI has been breeding normal bee shrimps, which are banded with black stripes and has spent more than 8 million yen developing methods for breeding them over the past 6 years. Three years ago, he notice a single red bee shrimp in a batch of about a thousand shrimp.
This first red bee shrimp died but three generations of bee shrimp later, he discovered 3 red bee shrimps among the 3,000 he had bred.
He was successful in breeding the 3 red bee shrimp and now has more than 8,000 red bee shrimp in his tanks.

Mr. SUZUKI is a master of a small SUSHI bar in Aichi, Japan.
The Crystal Red bee shrimp is truly red. It’s color is just like that of boiled shrimp on Sushi rice.

#Above English is given from Justin P. Healy. (Than’x Justin !.)

Origin : Japan (The wild type - not selected- comes from the South of China)

Carte Caridina cf cantonensis

Water specifications :

  • pH : 6 to 7
  • GH : 4 to 10
  • Temperature : 22 to 25°C / 71.6 to 77°F

Size :

  • Male : 2,5cm
  • Female : 3cm

Description : Characteristic shape of the shrimps from the Caridina genus, with a short rostrum. Colouration issuing from selection, today enable the wide range of colour forms found in Crystal Red. The background of the colouration is made out of wide red bands separated by more or less regular white stripes of a vivid white or even transparent for lesser grades. The less transparent markings are present, the more the whites takes up space, the more the selected shrimp increases in value. We then talk about grades (A, B, C, S, SS… - there is also a numerical classification available, from K0 to K14), for which you will find a description in this article : The grades for Bee shrimps.

Behaviour : excellent gregarious specie, must absolutely live in groups of 6 individuals of the same specie no less.

Life span : up to 2 years.

Feeding habits : Omnivorous with a heavy vegetarian tendency favouring algae.

Sexual Characteristics : As a general rules, females are larger than males. Segments that make up the abdomen lengthen towards the belly to offer protection to the eggs that are held by the pleopods (swimmerets located on the underside of the abdomen). The antennules (the shortest pair of antenna) of the male are longer than those of the female. The cephalotorax is rounder in the female than in the male (detail photographed on the male and the female).[1]

Reproduction : No larval stage. Juveniles grow in freshwater conditions. The females are mature around their fifth month, when they are above 2cm long. You can count about 30 eggs per incubation (about every two to three months), and the female carries them during roughly three to four weeks. The juveniles measure just about 1,5mm at birth. [2]


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