Red Goldflake Shrimp (Caridina cf. spinata)

Red Goldflake Shrimp

The Red Goldflake Shrimp is one of the glorious species from Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is a species that stands out from all the rest. Apart from its stunning view, it requires special care with stable water parameters close to its natural habitat. Since it is not a beginner’s species and just experienced specialists should endeavor to keep this species.

It is a non-aggressive shrimp that can be kept in the community tanks. When there are no predators, they are very active and feed all day and night.

Water Parameters:

Temperature: 25-30°C
pH: 6,0 – 8,5
Hardness: 6-9 dGH

It is exceedingly required to keep the Red Goldflake Shrimp at a temperature of no less than 25°C. Anything lower may kill this shrimp. It is additionally necessary to keep this species in a tank with hard water with a pH of above 7.0.

The Red Goldflake Shrimp requires larger tanks. It probably will not appreciate a crowded or congested tank either. A tank of no less than 60 liters for this species will be suitable for up to 15 shrimps. Using rocks covered with algae will be perfect for these shrimps. Also, some keepers prefer to use coral chips to raise the water hardness which is good for the Goldflake Shrimp. Coral sand is also a suitable choice for the aquarium.


They can be fed with mostly commercial supplement shrimp foods and algae water or other invertebrate foods available in the market. In natural habitats, they feed on algae grown over the rocks. This shrimp will eat continuously during the day-long. However, many people believe they like to eat during the night also if they feel safe. The Red Goldflake Shrimp can be uncomfortable or timid if it is kept in a hostile environment. They will bunch together with every other Red Goldflake Shrimp in a dull place and stay without moving. Once this species turns out to be composed to its new environment it will turn out in the front of the tank and start feeding.

Feeding is best done once per day. Just bolster a measure of food that the shrimp can consume within 2-3 hours most extreme. It is bad to sustain in abundance and have nourishment sitting for a long time. Overfeeding is a known reason for death and can likewise cause water quality issues. Keep in mind that they will eat whatever they find and are not used to a consistent nourishment source every minute of every day. Not feeding them for a couple of days is fine and won’t hurt them also.


Sexing of the Red Goldflake Shrimp is troublesome thus far nobody has completely made sense of how to do as such with the bare eye. The females have a saddle demonstrating eggs underneath the shell yet the best way to see the saddle is using infrared light because it is almost impossible to see through the outer shell without special equipment. To the extent utilizing the standard of other shrimp species, in which the females are bigger and have a bent underbelly, it does not make a difference to the Red Goldflake Shrimp. Tragically males and females appear to be identically similar as with all Sulawesi Shrimps.

The Red Goldflake Shrimp has been effectively reared in captivity as per different raisers around the world. Reproducing is done in total freshwater, not salty or harsh water is required at all. The grown-up females carry the eggs until they hatch as a miniature copy of grown-up shrimp then release them. The females can carry around 20-25 eggs at once. It takes around 20-30 days for the eggs to hatch. The baby shrimps will indicate comparative hues to the grown-ups after incubation.

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