The Orange Sakura Shrimp is a popular choice for freshwater shrimp hobbyists because of its beautiful orange coloration as well as being relatively easy to care for and breed. Orange Sakura Shrimp make a striking and dynamic addition to a freshwater aquarium, and will stand out beautifully against a dark substrate. These shrimp are very active as they scavenge the tank, cleaning up waste. They love to feed off of naturally occurring biofilm and algae, especially in a planted tank. For this reason, they can be quite low maintenance; in fact, they can even help keep your tank clean! Orange Sakura Shrimp can withstand a pretty wide range of water parameters, and their life expectancy can be up to 2 years if they are kept well. These shrimp are eager breeders, making them a great choice for beginners to freshwater shrimp breeding. Orange Sakura Shrimp are not an aggressive species, and this combined with their versatility makes them a good option as tank companions.
The Orange Sakura Shrimp is a color variant of the Fire Red Shrimp. Fire Red Shrimp are a product of the selective breeding of the Red Cherry Shrimp for the most vibrant and complete red coloration possible. Orange Sakuras were created by selecting for orange coloration, and have become a very stable line. Orange Sakura Shrimp are consistently bright orange, with slight variations in tone from yellow-orange to red-orange. Sexing Orange Sakura Shrimp can be somewhat difficult until the shrimp begin to mature. Female Orange Sakura Shrimp have slightly larger tails and display a “saddle” formation on the upper body, behind the head, where eggs are stored before fertilization. When female shrimp are “berried”, or have eggs ready for fertilization, the saddle shape will appear more prominent. Once the shrimp are fully-grown the males will be smaller than the females.
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