This black and white (sometimes blue) shrimp is one of the Taiwan Bee shrimp that show some of the best colors in the dwarf shrimp hobby. This shrimp is usually kept with other Taiwan bee shrimp and is used to breed blue bolt shrimp.
Breeding Panda Shrimp
Pandas can be selectively bred into Wine Red shrimp, Black King Kongs, other types of Pandas, Shadow Pandas, Blue Bolt, Mischling, CRS, CBS shrimp, and they can also probably mix with other Caridina but the results of this mix (Tigers and Taiwan Bees) is not readily available. How you decide to breed your Panda shrimp depends on your specific line and the breeder you are buying from. Panda shrimp are known to be more hardy than other variants of Taiwan species which also means they can be bred with other Pandas with a much higher chance of success.
Sexing Panda Shrimp
Unlike cherry shrimp, panda shrimp may be difficult to sex until maturity is reached. It’s nearly impossible to identify a saddle. When they are matured their body shape can be used to sex, as females will be a little larger and have a rounder bottom usually found in most Caridina species.
There are many claims to successfully breeding Panda shrimp in a variety of water parameters. Most people don’t recommend keeping them in tanks smaller than 25 gallons. The more volume of water makes it easier to maintain water parameters.
Water parameters are less important than the water being sterile and free from contaminants of any type. Once a tank is successfully cycled in preparation for your Shrimp, it should be kept in a aquatic clean room. The tank should be covered temperature should be maintained at between 64-68. PH should be below 6.8 and should not vary more than .2 in a 48 hour period or more than .5 in 14 days. KH should be maintained around 0-1 with trace elements provided by mineral rocks, GH should be around under 4.
They are said to be picky eaters, but usually they eat blanched spinach and high grade vegetarian shrimp food. A varied diet is highly recommended, don’t be afraid to mix things up once in a while. There are also a few reports of benefits of feeding freeze dried copepods as a dietary supplement due to the high amounts of calcium and protein and the aid in digestion, this is highly recommended for juvenile shrimp! Feeding should be in moderation, as with all freshwater shrimp.