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Crystal Black Shrimp

Please Note: These Shrimp are going through our 30 Day Holding Period. If purchased, they will ship on or after Nov. 7th.

Crystal Black Shrimp

You will receive Crystal Black Shrimp, also known as CBS. The pet shrimp you will receive will be sub adults, having a size around a half of an inch (.5 inches). The shrimp generally range from S to SS grade in pattern.

Crystal black aquarium shrimp are stunning in color and pattern. They are the black mutation of the wild bee shrimp. Most hobbyists refer to crystal black shrimp as CBS. The CBS is an entry level freshwater shrimp for the Caridina genus. When a hobbyist is making the transition from Neocaridina to Caridina, the crystal black shrimp is a great option to start with. While crystal blacks require a lower PH, they can still live in condition that are slightly alkaline (PH above 7). 

The grading scale for CBS is somewhat difficult to comprehend at first. Here are the grades in order of highest to lowest: SSS, SS, S, A, B and C. The higher the grade (SSS), the less black the shrimp will have. So, a C grade shrimp will be almost all black while an SSS grade shrimp will be almost completely white. The other way to grade the shrimp is by color and how solid the color is versus being transparent in color. Shrimp with poor color are usually culled (separated) from the colony. 

Here are the tank conditions we keep our CBS at:

Tank Parameters

  • Ph: 6.6 to 6.9
  • Gh: 5 to 7
  • Kh:  0 to 2
  • TDS: 130 to 160
  • Temp: 68 to 74

Tank Equipment

  • Filter: Matten Filter
  • Substrate: Brightwell Rio Escuro or Cafe Soil, Fluval Shrimp Stratum
  • Water: RO/DI Water remineralized with Salty Shrimp Gh+ or Gh/Kh+
  • Decor: Malaysian Driftwood, Java Moss and Indian Almond Leaves


Customer Reviews

Based on 52 reviews
eric chadwick
10 crystal black shrimp

12 shrimp shipped with one DOA. It had just dies recently judging by the lack of decomposition/cannibalism. All shrimp are lively and growing. Quality I have come to expect from you folks. Will be purchasing more in the future!

Gareth Mcjunkin

arrived healthy

Denise Sanders
Flip Aquatics is just the best !

All shrimp arrived, all alive an well and doing great! Thank you so much!

Brandon Cantwell

They are beautiful. I’m glad I got them because no one in the Cincinnati area is selling these guys right now.

Bryan Anderson
Excellent service and product

The CBS I ordered came in quickly and in good quality. I’m no shrimp expert but most appear between S and SS grade and all are still as healthy one week later. When I made a request to hold shipping the shrimp until the following Monday, (as I’ve lost livestock/plants multiple times due to shipping late in the week and sitting over the weekend) Tyler was great! He was very courteous and was happy to oblige. I would definitely recommend them. Thanks Tyler and Flip Aquatics!