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Pinocchio shrimp


They may not be the most common shrimp in the hobby, but the appropriately named Pinocchio shrimp (Caridina gracilirostris) will definitely be a fascinating addition to your aquarium. If provided the right care, that is: there are quite a few myths out there about their care that you are best off avoiding.

Pinocchio shrimp need a good quality type of water (RO/DI). Tap water will be absolutely the last choice with them.

A reverse osmosis system is an efficient, economical way to produce high-purity water. But this water does not have any minerals, so we have to define all water parameters (pHKHGH, and TDS) manually.

Luckily it is easy to do with shrimp re-mineralizers. Nowadays, there are many good products on the market, for example, Salty shrimp products

Scientific Name Caridina gracilirostris
Tank size (optimal) 10 gallons (~ 40 liters)
Keeping Medium
Breeding Difficult
Size 3 – 4.5 cm (~1 – 1.7 inches)
Optimal Temperature 24 – 28 °C (75 – 82 °F)
Optimal PH 7.0 – 8.0
Optimal GH 4 – 15
Optimal KH 1 – 10
Optimal TDS
100 – 200
Water type
Freshwater or SG = 1.0113 (15% ppt)
Nitrate Less than 20 ppm
Diet Algae eater/omnivore
Temperament Peaceful
Life span 1.5 – 2 years
Color Form Semi-transparent with red and yellow stripe

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