Malawa Shrimp (Caridina pareparensis parvidentata)
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Caridina pareparensis parvidentata
19 Litres (5 US G.)
2-2.5 cm (0.8-1")
6.5 - 7.8
21.1-27.8°C (70 -82 °F)
Alternative names[edit | edit source]
- Malawa Shrimp
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- They can be tricky to sex. Females with eggs will have a fuller belly.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- These shrimp are not really compatible with any fish except for certain very small fish as long as you don't mind shrimp casualties. Make sure you screen your intake before putting these in or their offspring will get sucked into the filter. The best bet is to keep these in a tank by themselves or with any other Caridina or Neocaridina since the belief held right now is that these shrimp do not interbreed with other shrimp currently in the hobby. I have kept these in with Blue pearl shrimp, which is a Neocaridina with no problems of interbreeding and since the Malawa shrimp is usually an orange like colour it is easily distinguished from the other species in the tank. I feed these guys dried blanched zucchini and they seem to enjoy it because they all come to the surface and weigh down the zucchini until it falls to the bottom.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- Blanched vegetables and sinking shrimp pellets, and anything else as long as it does not have copper sulphate in it.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Feed every other day or daily depending on what grazing opportunities are available.
Environment Specifics[edit | edit source]
- I believe they are from the freshwater lakes of Sulawesi, which I believe is in Indonesia, but I could be wrong. These are about the most inexpensive Sulawesi shrimp one can buy currently.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- These little guys are usually pretty mellow going from the java moss to the gravel searching for food. They race to blanched zuchini and run all over the tank trying to find it when I throw it in there.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- Typically these guys are an rusty orange like colour, but they tend to have a chameleon effect like most other shrimp and can sometimes be paler in colour or darker.