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Santa Crystal Red Shrimp

Santa Crystal Red Shrimp

You will receive Santa pattern Crystal Red Shrimp, also known as Santa CRS. The Santa CRS you will receive will be sub adults, having a size around a half of an inch (.5 inches). 

Santa Crystal Red shrimp are specifically bred to be mostly red with a white head. These shrimp are line bred by one of Taiwan's famous breeders, Carbon Chen. This line breeds very true and is among one of the highest quality Santa lines in the world. 

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

The grading scale for CRS 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 red the shrimp will have. So, a C grade shrimp will be almost all red 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 CRS 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 5 reviews
Angel S
awesome little shrimpies

They came healthy and been thriving in my shrimps only tank! Highly recommend to be getting shrimps from them.

Vincent Lascheid
Beautiful shrimp!

I bought 10 of these guys and flip tends to send extras just in case. Well, I got +2 with my order and they all came in with no deaths. They sent 12, and I received 12. I room temp acclimated while I was at work, then drip acclimated them after I got off. They were very active as soon as I put them in their tank. Thank you guys for everything you’ve done for me with these critters, I really do appreciate it!

Greg Vissia
Excellent addition

I really love these Santa crystal shrimp. They are interesting to watch and a great addition to my 30 gal. CPD planted tank. High quality, healthy shrimp, great service and the packaging is excellent. And I bought them on sale!

Tana McCarthy
Amazing Santa Crystal Red Shrimp

The shrimp arrived on time and lively. Once acclimated the shrimp colored up to a bright red color with cute little white eyebrows! Flip Aquatics once again delivered with healthy, brightly colored shrimp.

Tilford Cobb
Always Strong! Always Quality!

Great Color! No Problem Acclimating as usual.