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10 Ways to Improve Reproduction for Bee Shrimps – Caridina

This article talks about how to improve the breeding efficiency of Caridina shrimp (Bee Shrimp). Whether your aquarium journey is just beginning or you are a seasoned aquarist looking for some new tips and ideas, there are some important things you should know about shrimp farming.

Caridina shrimp (Bee shrimp) is more sensitive than most other shrimp species (except Sulawesi shrimp). These small creatures require very stable parameters and adequate feeding. Therefore, everything shared here has a direct effect on the shrimp. 

In this post NuoiTep.Com I don't talk about the process setting up a bee shrimp pond (how the tutorial can be found on the website) NuoiTep . Basically, setting up a beautiful display tank and the most effective farming method is the same but there are some differences that NuoiTep.Com will show you below and you can check for yourself. this. So please, read the article to the end.

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Also, most of these methods work in conjunction with each other.

1. Background layer

If you have ever learned about this ornamental shrimp hobby, you will know that the general recommendation is for a thickness of 5-7 cm. Actually, this is quite reasonable advice because it gives you a lot of benefits, such as:

  • Intuitive viewing angle . In the pool aquatic , aquarists often tilt a little to give the aquarium a little more depth.
  • Vegetative price. This depth is enough for the plant to take root without drifting away.
  • Supports beneficial micro-organisms . Every other surface you may have in your aquarium is aimed at microbial growth.
  • 'buffer' substance . In the bee tank, the active substrate also plays a fundamental role as it helps to stabilize the required water parameters. The buffering capacity of water ( FIRE ) neutralize acidic soil.

Note : Active substrate (buffer) – this is a substrate that changes the water chemistry ( FIT ).

But thick substrates also have some disadvantages, for example:

  • Nitrogen accumulation . Uneaten food, humus, waste, etc. enter the substrate inaccessible to the shrimp. As a result, all of this accumulates and rots in the substrate along with ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. 
  • Short time. Soil is acidic and the buffering capacity of water will neutralize this acidity. And if there is too much buffering in the water, it will use up all the acid in the substrate. Finally, the pH will not be lowered for a long time.

When that happens, you are forced to change the substrate, which is a extremely difficult process or you you have to flip the lake and make a new lake.

How to improve the reproductive efficiency of Caridina shrimp - thin background

While the substrate can add great aesthetic value to your tank and offer a number of other benefits, in reality the downside is just too great, if you want a successful Beekeeping tank.

Therefore, we need to use less substrate than with traditional methods. Our substrate should just cover the bottom of the tank!

Why not a bare bottom tank?

In fact, the shrimp needs something to cling to. They also like to interact with the substrate.

2. Substrate Container

Tricks with active substrates for shrimp tanks

As NuoiTep.Com mentioned above, with a thin enough substrate to cover the bottom of the tank, how will we keep the pH stable?

Actually, we will still use the active substrate, but this time we will put it in a plastic container. We can even put it in a cloth bag and put it in the corner of the tank!

What's the use of doing so?

  • 'buffer' set . We can still stabilize the required water parameters.
  • Easily change the substrate . Just take out the box (cloth bag) and replace the soil with a new box.
  • Cheap . You will use 3-4 times less foundation than traditional methods but equally effective.  
  • Aquascape option. Instead of a thin active substrate (read above) we can use any inert substrate (sand or gravel).

3. Do not plant plants in the tank of bee shrimp culture

NuoiTep.Com personally loves plants and uses them in most of its tanks for several reasons:

  • Algae control: Live plants can help prevent unwanted algae. 
  • Aeration: This is a great natural way to aerate the tank.
  • Additional filtering : Plants absorb nitrogen, chemicals, and other pollutants that can be harmful to plants cloves our .
  • Feeding yardPlants act as a class  elective biofilm, the ideal first food for shrimps newly hatched.
  • hideout: They also serve as cover and shade for small invertebrates.
  • Aesthetic value: Generally, hobbyists keep plants because they add great aesthetic value to their tanks. 

However, if you are setting up a breeding tank, you should avoid using the plant because of two main disadvantages:

  • pH and oxygen fluctuations

It is a well known fact that most of the bee shrimp species prefer acidic and soft water with very low KH. Unfortunately, in growing tanks, pH levels will fluctuate without KH in the water.

Did you know that your plants will also affect your PH fluctuations? 

It occurs due to photosynthesis, where light, CO2 and pH are linked together.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is important for the photosynthesis of plants. During the day, plants begin to absorb CO2 and produce oxygen. As a result, there is less carbonic acid in your water and the higher your pH will be.

See more: 5 Good And Easy Plants For Shrimp Tanks

At night, we have a reverse process. When the lights are off, the plants do not absorb CO2. Conversely, plants also breathe and produce carbonic acid which lowers the pH. The more CO2 there is in the water, the lower your pH will be.

If you test the pH in the evening and in the morning, you will see a difference.While plants still produce more oxygen (during the day) than they consume (at night) – we should avoid any potential fluctuations.Without plants, it's easier to keep the pH stable.

Remember that many aquatic plants will compete and inhibit the growth of algae . This is bad for any shrimp tank as algae are one of the main food sources for shrimp.

In addition, if there are no plants, it will be easier to see and catch shrimp in the tank.

4. Bio . Filter

How to improve the reproductive efficiency of Caridina shrimp - filter

There are many filters on the market but bio filtration really improves the shrimp farming experience.

Some of the most important advantages include:

  • They are reasonably priced.
  • They can be used in small tanks.
  • These filters Absolutely safe for baby shrimp .
  • They have very large surface area for your shrimp to feed on (It has a direct effect on the survival rate of juvenile shrimp.)

5. Nitrates

Nitrates in shrimp tanks

Nitrates are all by-products of organic waste that breaks down in our tanks. The dangers of having too much nitrate in a beekeeping tank are often misunderstood by many aquarists, especially those coming from aquarists.

It is true that many fish species will adapt to poor water quality and nitrates, at least to some extent. But the same cannot be said about sensitive shrimp species.

Nitrates have widespread adverse effects on shrimp, such as: increased mortality, decreased growth rate, decreased feeding rate, decreased fertility, decreased hatching success rate, coma, behavioral signs stress , physical deformities, etc.

In terms of concentration, nitrate should never be higher than 20 ppm in the shrimp tank. However we need keep nitrate below 10 ppm at all times .

Note : This is another reason why we should avoid keeping plants in shrimp tanks. The nitrogen deficiency will affect the growth rate of the plant, making the new leaves smaller and weaker.

6. Water and Water Change

If you think that changing the water is just a little thing and can be ignored, you are wrong!

The little things make a huge difference. Remember, our goal is to create the most stable environment for the Bee shrimp.

What water is used, of course, need not be mentioned here. RO water is always top

When we change the water, we change 10%-20% every week.

7. Mineral Supplement

Do not add minerals to the water immediately before use. Mix minerals 12-24 hours before water change.

Once again, we do it to stabilize water quality .

If you leave the water on for another 12-24 hours, you will see that the TDS always increases by about 10 to 15 digits. So you may have to add more RO water to get the perfect number.

Make sure you remember how much water you use each time so your water stays consistent. So next time you will know exactly how much you need to get a certain hardness of water.
Avoid mixing minerals from different manufacturers, unless you have no choice.

Manufacturer's recommendation – use a full scoop (approximately 3 g) for 20 liters of water. Minerals in the TDS Bee tank range from 135 to 150.

8. Slow water change

ARE NOT pour water too quickly at once unless an “emergency” water change is performed! It can kill, stress and cause makeover problems in your tent.

Read more: Principles of Feeding Shrimps

Very slow water change. The slower the better!

Slowly add in the amount of water you removed. Fill the tank at a maximum rate of ~4 liters per minute. Ideally, the drip method (3-5 drops per second) would be even better.

Attention: Before using any water, we need to bring it to the same temperature. 

9. Feeding frequency

Overfeeding is no joke in shrimp tanks.

Overfeeding degrades water quality, causing infections, disease and in general, puts them at risk for serious health conditions.

Optimal feeding is often determined empirically. Based on the shrimp's reaction, they Eat food about 2-3 hours. Leftovers must be discarded to prevent ammonia (nitrite and nitrate).

10. No tankmates

How to improve the reproductive efficiency of Caridina shrimp - without snails

If our goal is reproduction and efficiency, we need to keep the shrimp in tanks just for it.

Shrimps are rather shy creatures and do not have many hiding places (such as plants), they will not feel comfortable even with community fishes peace .

There shouldn't even be snails in the tank. Sure, Snails are really beneficial for our tanks , but not in this case!

  • Competition . Snails will compete with shrimp for food (they also like algae and biofilms).
  • Water recession . Snails that eat a lot produce a lot of waste that turns into ammonia.


Be patient and do not add sensitive shrimp species too soon. Shrimp requires one Cycle tank is old enough with many algae and biofilms.

Can I use driftwood or rocks in the bee shrimp tank?

Yes, I'm thin driftwood Small will benefit them.

Can I apply the same method with Neocaridina shrimp (color shrimp) or Sulawesi shrimp?

Yes, using the same principles (excluding media boxes) will also improve their spawn rates.


Shrimp is considered the jewel of shrimp farming hobby. These little creatures come in a variety of colors and patterns. Their bright colors can easily make them a delightful addition to any home aquarium.

However, many aquarists have some difficulty in keeping them because they do not understand the main principle of shrimp hobby which is shrimp don't like change .

So when we talk about the efficiency of Beekeeping, we have to do things a little differently:

  • Use the substrate in a very specific way.
  • There are no plants.
  • No tankmates.
  • Feeding and strict nitrate control.
  • Use the Bio filter.
  • l Change the water properly.

All these little things play a huge role and make a huge difference.

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