Name: Caridina cf. cantonensis 'Crystal Red'
The same genus as Crystal Blue and Crystal Orange, these two grow to approximately 3 cm. The 'Crystal Red' grows up to 2.5 cm and feeds on algae. It prefers a temperature between 22-25°C. They are easy to breed, but only under the right aquarium conditions. Their mother will care for them, although she may eat a few! The larvae will hatch from eggs, in a fully translucent but small adult form which gives them camouflage. Feeding of the young is the same as their parents, but in a much reduced size. Like their parents they shed their outer casings within 24 hours after hatching, which is the crucial stage. Only the youngsters which survive the first two weeks will have a good chance of living to maturity (as long as you do not keep fish that will eat them!). The youngsters will only change colour in order to attract a mate.
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