11 Beautiful Types Of Neocaridina Shrimp Color For Your Aquarium!

When people think of Neocaridina shrimp, they usually picture cherry shrimp, but these shrimp come in a variety of colors, including:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Black
  • White
  • Rili

I published this article on Neocaridina shrimp colors to raise awareness about the other beautiful color varieties.

Red Neocaridina Shrimp

Red Cherry Neocaridina Shrimp Colors
Red Cherry Neocaridina Shrimp Colors

I have to begin the list with red cherry shrimp, as they are the most commonly kept Neocaridina shrimp in the hobby.

Not only are they affordable and easy to find, but they are also hardy making them easy to keep.

Red cherry shrimp belong to the Neocaridina Davidi species and, as their name suggests, they come from the red line of Neocaridina.

Their vibrant red color contrasts beautifully with the green foliage in heavily planted tanks, making them an excellent choice for anyone who keeps planted aquariums.

A Cherry Shrimp On My Rotala

All Neocaridina shrimp are available in various grades, but cherry shrimp are typically priced by their specific color grade.

Prices vary depending on the grade, and my table below provides guidance on what you should expect to pay.

Painted Fire Red$$$$$
Fire Red$$$$
High Sakura$$$
Low Sakura$$
Cherry Grade$

Some local fish/shrimp keeping clubs give Low Sakura and Cherry Grade neocaridina shrimp away for free to their members as they are often rejected from the breeding and sales lines.

Cherry shrimp have been very easy to breed with minimal effort making them a great option for anyone looking to start breeding neocaridina shrimp.

My table below goes over the recommended water parameters for Neocaridina Davidi shrimp.

Water Temperature65-80°F (18.5-27°C)
Water FlowStill-Low
GH6-10 dGH
KH3-10 dKH
Ammonia0 ppm
Nitrite0 ppm
Red Cherry Shrimp Water Parameters

Bloody Mary Shrimp

Bloody Mary Neocaridina Shrimp Colors
Bloody Mary Neocaridina Shrimp Colors

Bloody Mary shrimp are also red, like cherry shrimp but have a slightly different appearance.

The exact cause of this difference is unknown, but there are two main theories.

Most hobbyists believe that Bloody Mary shrimp get their red color from their flesh, with their carapace being transparent.

Grant Eder from The Garden Of Eder speculates that the red color in Bloody Mary shrimp is located deeper within the carapace, giving it a slightly transparent look.

Although Bloody Mary shrimp are part of the Neocaridina Davidi species, they come from the brown line rather than the red.

Their transparency gives them a beautiful appearance under various aquarium lights making them unique.

Bloody Mary shrimp are available in different grades, with High Sakura, Fire Red, and Painted Fire Red being the most commonly listed for sale.

The higher color quality and breeding difficulty can result in a slightly higher price tag, but the increase is usually minimal.

Yellow Neocaridina Shrimp

Yellow Neocaridina Shrimp Colors
Yellow Neocaridina Shrimp Colors

Yellow Neocaridina shrimp are among my favorites. They belong to the Neocaridina Davidi species and come from the yellow breeding line.

Currently, the following types of yellow Neocaridina are commonly available:

  • Yellow Neocaridina
  • Yellow Neon
  • Yellow Sakura
  • Golden Backs

The first three variants primarily differ in the intensity of their yellow coloration. However, Yellow Golden Backs have a brighter, more pronounced yellow stripe down their back.

Neocaridina Shrimp On Java Fern

Yellow Neocaridina shrimp stand out beautifully against dark substrates, making black sand or gravel an excellent choice for their tank.

They are hardy and easy to keep but breed slower than red cherry shrimp making them a solid option for beginners.

Orange Neocaridina Shrimp

Orange Neocaridina Shrimp Colors
Orange Neocaridina Shrimp Colors

I am new to keeping Orange Neocaridinas, but like the yellows, they look fantastic on dark substrates.

My Orange Neocaridina shrimp have not been as hardy or easy to keep as my other shrimp, possibly due to a weak breeding line.

Grant Eder and other respected shrimp breeders have also encountered issues with their Orange Neos, suggesting it might be a broader issue with this color variant.

Some friends have successfully kept Orange Neocaridina shrimp from different breeders, so I plan to try a new source for my next batch.

An Orange Neocaridina Shrimp

Orange Neocaridina shrimp belong to the Neocaridina Davidi species and, to my knowledge, originated from the red breeding line.

Their popularity is steadily growing, with breeding lines gradually improving to enhance the hardiness of the orange shrimp in the hobby.

Blue Neocaridina Shrimp

Blue Neocaridina Shrimp Colors
Blue Neocaridina Shrimp Colors

Dark blue Neocaridina shrimp are popular in the hobby but can be difficult to see due to their darker colors.

Blue doesn’t contrast well with green or brown, so these shrimp often blend in with plants, driftwood, and dark substrates, making them less visible.

Some aquarists design their shrimp tank aquascape specifically to highlight the dark blue color of these shrimp.

Using white or quartz sand for the substrate, paler plants like Hygrophila Polysperma Rosanervig, and light-colored rocks can create an environment where the shrimp stand out and are easier to see.

Most shrimp keepers add plenty of moss or Subwassertang for grazing, which can cause the dark blue Neocaridina to blend in despite their efforts.

Dark blue neos come from the Neocaridina Davidi species. Unlike other popular Davidi color options that usually come from a single line, dark blue Neocaridina can come from the red, brown, or black lines.

This genetic diversity makes them hardier and easier to breed than others making them a great option for beginners.

Blue Pearl Neocaridina Shrimp

Blue Pearl Neocaridina Shrimp Colors
Blue Pearl Neocaridina Shrimp Colors

Blue Pearl Neocaridina shrimp are truly stunning with their paler shade of blue.

Unlike the dark blue lines, Blue Pearls belong to the Neocaridina Palmata species rather than the Neocaridina Davidi species.

There is a similar Blue Jelly line from the Neocaridina Davidi species, but these are hard to find in my area, so most people keep Blue Pearls instead.

While they are a popular option, Blue Pearls are usually more difficult to find and are more expensive than other types of Neocaridina shrimp.

It’s also worth noting that Neocaridina Palmata generally has a narrower range of suitable water parameters compared to Neocaridina Davidi.

My table below outlines the recommended water parameters for Blue Pearl shrimp.

Water Temperature72–82°F (22–28°C)
Water FlowStill-Low
pH7.0 – 7.5
GH6 – 8
Neocaridina Palmata Water Parameters

Green Neocaridina Shrimp

Green Neocaridina Shrimp Colors
Green Neocaridina Shrimp Colors

Green Neocaridina shrimp are my least favorite color variant, but their popularity in the hobby is increasing.

There are two types: green and green jade Neocaridina with Green jade being a deep, dark green, while the regular green shrimp often have more of a lime color.

My issue with green jade shrimp is that they blend in with most plants, making them difficult to spot.

Their dark color makes them hard to see on substrate and driftwood, turning it into a game of “spot the shrimp.”

Another potential issue is that green Neocaridina are notoriously difficult to breed reliably, making them rare and often more expensive than other options. I don’t see the point in overpaying for a shrimp that’s hard to see in your tank.

Additionally, many people purchase green Neocaridina shrimp only to receive a dark shrimp with a slight green hue, which further discourages me from trying them.

Most green Neocaridina shrimp originate from the orange variant of the red line, though some breeders claim to have produced green shrimp from the yellow line as well.

Brown Neocaridina Shrimp

Brown Neocaridina Shrimp Colors
Brown Neocaridina Shrimp Colors

Brown Neocaridina shrimp are nearly as difficult to find as the green variants.

These brown Neos belong to the Neocaridina Davidi species and originate from the brown Schoko line.

As with the dark blue Neocaridina shrimp mentioned earlier, designing your tank with a pale substrate can help make these shrimp easier to see.

A common issue is the wild-type coloration of this line, which is a shade of brown and easily found for cheap.

I’ve seen social media posts from people who have been victims of a bait and switch. Most people looking for brown Neocaridina shrimp are after “chocolate shrimp,” which have a more solid brown color.

They see photos of these chocolate shrimp online, order them, and receive wild-type brown shrimp that aren’t as appealing.

Only purchase brown Neocaridina shrimp if you can see them in person to ensure you get the shade you want.

White Neocaridina Shrimp

White Neocaridina Shrimp Colors
White Neocaridina Shrimp Colors

Next, we have white snowball shrimp, which experience significant fluctuations in popularity within the hobby.

At times, they are among the more popular Neocaridina colors, only to drop to being one of the least popular.

Breeders struggle to predict these trends, so you can often find these stunning shrimp at a lower price if you time it right after a popularity boom ends.

White snowball shrimp belong to the Neocaridina Palmata species, which, as mentioned earlier, have a narrower range of recommended water parameters.

Due to their white coloration, they look amazing on a black substrate, with black lava rock being an excellent choice for their hardscape.

Black Neocaridina Shrimp

Black Neocaridina Shrimp
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Next, we have black Neocaridina shrimp, which have seen a slight increase in popularity leading to a price increase.

These shrimp are called Black Rose shrimp and originate from the black line but some people report that a very dark brown/blue variant has also been developed from the brown line.

Both variants belong to the Neocaridina Davidi species and are typically hardy and easy to care for.

Given their dark color, planning your tank layout before purchasing your shrimp can make it easier to see them.

Using a pale substrate and light-colored plants can make it easier to spot your shrimp as they blend in with dark setups.

Black Rose shrimp are easy to breed, but they typically don’t breed true, resulting in offspring with different colors.

Rili Neocaridina Shrimp

Rili Neocaridina Shrimp Colors
Rili Neocaridina Shrimp Colors

Finally, we have Rili shrimp which aren’t a single color and have two distinct colors on their carapace.

Typically, the head and tail are one shade while the body is another, resulting in various beautiful combinations.

Here are some Rili shrimp variants commonly seen in the hobby:

  • Red – White – Red
  • Orange – White – Orange
  • Black – White – Black
  • Red – Blue – Red
  • Black – Blue – Black

The first three variants are usually more affordable and easier to find than the last two. I am only aware of Rili lines from the Neocaridina Davidi species with most coming from the red or black lines.