For those who are looking for small, inconspicuous, and hardworking “cleaners” for their aquarium, the green babaulti shrimp will be an excellent solution to the problem. In a well-planted aquarium, green shrimp will rarely come into contact with the eyes, but will become addicted to cleansing it of the remains of feed, plants and the smallest algae floating in the water.
A quick table of notes about Babaulti Shrimp:
|Scientific name||Caridina cf. babaulti|
|Shrimp name||babaulti – Caridina babaulti|
|Common names||Indian zebra, zebra, Babaulti, stripes, etc.|
|Range||From India, maybe some other Asian regions|
|Size||2.4-4 cm or 1-1,5 inches|
|Tank size||small 20+ liters or 4+ gallons|
|Life span||around 2 years|
|Temperature||22-27 C. or 64-82 °F
|pH||6.5 – 8.0|
|Color||green, red, brown, blue, yellow|
|Shrimp eggs||green, takes 23-27 days to hatch|
For those who, on the contrary, want to see the beauty of this green baby, one can recommend keeping babaulti shrimps in an aquarium with dark soil and red aquarium plants, because against this background the color of the shrimp looks the most advantageous. In this case, the aquarium should also be inhabited by small and peace-loving fish (for example, galaxies), since babaulti shrimps are very shy and quickly hide when danger is approaching.
Watch these videos below to get a feel of how these beautiful shrimps will look in your aquarium.
A brief description of the species and color forms
Caridina Babaulti (Caridina Babaulti). It has another name – Green Midget shrimp, which is translated from English as “green algae shrimp.” It was found during an expedition to the “English” India by M. Babault (expedition 1914-18) and was first described in 1918 (Bouvier). It was this shrimp that became the original species that underwent mutation and thus produced numerous subspecies and various color forms.
In nature, babaulti shrimp inhabit the rivers, ponds, and lakes of India, preferring water bodies densely overgrown with vegetation. The species is quite new in aquariums, introduced only a few years ago, all individuals (not counting those obtained in captivity by aquarists) are mainly imported from India.
Shrimp is small (from 2 to 3.5 cm), but has a very active behavior and quickly moves around the aquarium. They live up to two years, are peaceful, and easily get along with other aquarium inhabitants unless they pursue them. Females look somewhat more massive than males and have a more saturated green color. In adult mature females, a yellow-green spot imitating eggs can be distinguished on the neck.
Babaulti shrimp can, depending on the mood, change color quickly enough. Color can vary from greenish to bright green, or from brownish to bright orange, depending on the color palette inherent in a given species.
Five basic color forms of babaulti shrimp are currently known. The green variety is found in aquariums more often than others. Brown, striped and orange varieties are considered rarer, and red and blue are extremely rare. In the blue variety, the color varies from colorless to bright blue, sometimes in combination with red-brown specks. The rarest color form is considered red-colored albino shrimp babaulti.
Species found on sale by collectors: Zebra shrimp or striped shrimp – Caridina babaulti “Stripes”, green “Green” Shrimp shape, green neon “Green Neon” Shrimp shape, blue “Blue” Shrimp shape, Malaya Shrimp shape.
Caridina Babaulti “Zebra”
The color of Indian Shrimp Zebras is changeable, which is characteristic of all babaulti, and is very dependent on the mood of the shrimp and the environment. The only thing is that the presence of stripes does not depend on either internal or external factors – the dark stripes are constant and can reach black shades in their color, for which the shrimp actually got its name – Zebra.
The main body tone of the Caridina babaulti “Stripes” shrimp is transparent, with various shades (most often the dominant colors are blue, orange, or brown, there is no green shade as such, just the transparent body of the animal perfectly conveys the color of the environment and when the animal grazes in green thickets, colors can vary from pale olive to intense green). In males, the stripes are usually dark brown, in females – black, the width and sharpness of the stripes for this species is not precisely determined, the only thing that can be said is that the stripes are drawn rather than formed using a chaotic pattern of spots.
Green Babaulti shrimp
Green shrimps have a bright green body. Green shrimp babaulti are notable for a remarkable feature: they are able to change the color of their hull, becoming either green, then light brown or red. Color depends on the mood in which the animal is, how it eats, and in what conditions it lives.
What should be in the aquarium:
Babaulti shrimps are quite stable and easy to maintain species. With good care, they multiply quickly enough and replenish the aquarium with new individuals. They need a sufficient number of shelters, where they can hide if necessary and multiply.
The aquarium must have a sufficient number of plants. Various types of aquarium mosses, floating aquarium plants, and Vallisneria are well suited for these purposes. Anubias roots and cryptocoryne can secrete toxins, so planting these plants in a shrimp aquarium is not recommended. Especially important is the presence of moss-covered with driftwood and floating Riccia. Then the shrimp will have all the conditions for normal molting and raising the fry, and the wood is needed for a healthy diet.
Water: good aeration, frequent replacement of about 20% of the aquarium’s volume, the presence of impurities of heavy metals, ammonia, and copper in the water is unacceptable, it is better to use a special water conditioner and constantly monitor its purity. The temperature in the range of 20 to 28 degrees. Going beyond these limits in any direction can lead to the death of shrimp. Acidity – 6.5-8, hardness – 5-20.
Feeding Shrimp babaulti are omnivorous. Specialized shrimp food is best for them, but they will not refuse a green lunch, consisting of a finely chopped leaf of lettuce or nettle and dead leaves of aquarium plants, and green bell pepper very well affects the intensity of the color of the shrimp. They pick up the remains of live and frozen food after a meal of the larger inhabitants of the aquarium, and in general, are constantly in search of food. The shrimp cubs are so small that the first days are barely visible to the human eye. Therefore, starter feed for them is usually sprayed over the surface of plants. It is very important not to overfeed the shrimp and give the amount of food that they can eat in half an hour. Overfeeding adversely affects their well-being, and food debris can pollute the water.
Propagation Young individuals become sexually mature by approximately three months of age. Under good conditions, they can breed several times a year. A sexually mature female is recognized (as mentioned above) by the cervical spot, and soon you can see green eggs (in individuals of blue or brown color, the eggs are usually darker) under her stomach, which develops from three to four weeks. Fry is completely independent from the first days and is able to get its own food, but additional feeding is necessary if you want to save most of the offspring.
Parents are not inclined to eat babies, so there is no need to put them in a different tank. During shrimp growth, water changes are needed twice a week by 1/5. This stimulates molting and, accordingly, the growth of shrimp.
Babaulti shrimp can bring about 25 eggs per month. For successful reproduction, it is necessary to maintain a constant temperature in the aquarium – 26 degrees Celsius.
Interestingly, the dark green babaulti shrimp (Caridina babaulti “Dark Green Shrimp”) brings the offspring immediately painted in dark green color and it does not change throughout the life of the animal, and the offspring of the babaulti green shrimp (Caridina babaulti “Green Shrimp”) changes color, has a lighter shade and grows much slower, even if the water changes regularly and often. In addition, young green shrimp often have marks and strokes on their backs, which are never found in dark green individuals.
Green shrimp babaulti show a calm disposition and can get along well with other inhabitants of the aquarium if they do not show aggression. They can also perfectly coexist with a number of other types of shrimp. You have nothing to worry about this one.
Shrimp sizes and water parameters for keeping
Usually, shrimp babaulti reaches a maximum length of 3 cm. You can feed and contain them just like any other type of shrimp, they feed on a wide variety of products. Regarding what the parameters and quality of the water should be for these shrimp, opinions were divided: hard or soft should be water, alkaline or acidic. I think the best way to keep these shrimps is to avoid extremes and stick to the average values of all parameters.
A good video explaining everything about species by very good aquariumist: Be careful this video has SOUND!