Crystal Red Shrimp Origins
PDF Print E-mail
Crystal Red Shrimp (AKA CRS, Red Bee or Caridina sp. "bee") is a breed variant of the freshwater Bee shrimp. Bee shrimp lives in South East Asia and the red breed form has gained popularity in Japan and around the world because of its intense and vibrant in color.
Bee ShrimpIn 1991, Mr. Hisayasu Suzuki of Japan started breeding normal bee shrimps, which are banded with black stripes. He noticed a single red bee shrimp in a batch of about a thousand shrimps and was fascinated by it. This first red bee died but three generations later, he discovered 3 red bee shrimps among the thousands he had bred. After many cycles of selective breeding from redder offspring, he finally arrived at the true red bee.
In 1996, he named it "Crystal Red Shrimp" and has been awarded a patent for this recessive red mutation of the normal bee shrimp. Since then Crystal Red Shrimp has been further refined by the founder and other breeders to produce specimens with larger white patches and intensified red.Crystal Red Shrimp

Crystal Red Shrimp is a fairly small shrimp, growing to about 2.5 cm in size. It is very peaceful towards other tank mates and quite active.The average lifespan is about 1.5 to 2 years but the gender is hard to differentiate, especially during juvenile stage. Between the ages of 4.5 and 5 months with a size of at least 2.2 cm, it is ready to reproduce in tank. As Crystal Red Shrimp can crossbreed with normal Bee shrimp and Tiger shrimp which are also of the Caridina species, it is highly recommended not to keep them in the same tank.

In the Aquarium

Crystal Red Shrimp is currently the most favorite freshwater aquarium shrimp. Its unique and distinctive red and white color is unlike any freshwater shrimps. It is continously refined make it more intense red and white by going through selective breeding. There is even a grading scale for shrimps according to the intensity of the white and red patterns on the shell. Visit our grading page for details.