The Blue Dream Shrimp is a popular choice for freshwater shrimp hobbyists because of its stunning blue color as well as being relatively easy to care for and breed. They stand out beautifully against a dark substrate. Blue Dream Shrimp make a striking and dynamic addition to a freshwater aquarium. These shrimp are very active as they scavenge the tank, cleaning up waste. They love to feed off of naturally occurring biofilm and algae, especially in a planted tank. For this reason, they can be quite low maintenance; in fact, they can even help keep your tank clean! Blue Dream Shrimp can withstand a pretty wide range of water parameters, and are not an aggressive species. This combined with their versatility makes them a good option as tank companions. Blue Dream Shrimp breed easily, making them a good choice for beginners to the freshwater shrimp hobby.
The Blue Dream Shrimp is a product of the selective breeding of the Red Cherry Shrimp for different colorations. Blue Dream Shrimp were bred from Blue Velvet Shrimp to produce the richest, brightest blue color possible. Sexing Blue Dream Shrimp can be difficult until the shrimp reach sexual maturity. Female Blue Dream Shrimp have slightly larger tails and display a “saddle” formation on the upper body, behind the head, where eggs are stored before fertilization. When female shrimp are “berried”, or have eggs ready for fertilization, the saddle shape will appear more prominent. Once the shrimp are fully-grown the males will be smaller than the females.