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(FS-26) Red Fancy Tiger Shrimp
(FS-26) Red Fancy Tiger Shrimp

Caridina cantonensis, the bee shrimp, is a species of small freshwater shrimp in the family Atyidae. It is native to Taiwan.[1]These shrimp are scavengers, and eat small pieces of decayed vegetation and algae.  Bee shrimp have a life span of about 18 months. They enjoy a temperature in the 70 to 78 °F (21 to 26 °C) range. Many modern versions of bee shrimp are selectively bred for their characteristics.

Bee shrimp are in demand as aquarium pets. In Taiwan and other areas with suitable climates shrimp farms have sprung up to supply Bee shrimp, although they are more difficult to farm than other shrimp because their health depends on being raised in soft water that matches the pH of their native streams.

There are many variants of the bee shrimp:

  • The black bee shrimp, sometimes called the Crystal Bee, is the most common variety. Some of the other varieties have been developed from it through selective breeding.
  • The blue bee shrimp is a wild shrimp that is being harvested from streams in China to supply aquarium owners.
  • The golden bee shrimp has a white shell and orangy gold flesh.
  • The crystal red shrimp (called "red bee shrimp" in Japan) is a red and white variety specially bred for the aquarium hobby industry. In 1996 Hisayasu Suzuki of Japan discovered among his population of Black Bee shrimp a red one; and later two more. By selectively breeding these, over time he and other shrimp breeders obtained shrimp with intense red and white stripes with various patterns, but with little genetic diversity.

Shrimp breeders have given colourful names to the many other variants of the bee shrimp, which include the Princess Bee, Blue Bolt, Tangerine Tiger and Shadow Panda.

Reproduction


Expected CRS Hatching Date

Female Caridina cantonensis can be distinguished from males by size; the female is larger than the male, and has a deeper abdomen. The female shrimp signal readiness to mate by releasing pheromones into the water which lead the males to the female. During this time swimming activity can be quite vigorous as males search for the females.

The eggs are carried underneath the female's abdomen and uses the pleopods to maintain a continuous circulation of water. The eggs hatch to reveal tiny versions of the adult shrimp.

The duration the female carries the eggs before they hatch is linked to water temperature. At 22 °C (72 °F) the expected hatching time is 28 days. At 24 to 25 °C (75 to 77 °F) the shrimp develop the strongest colours.

Extended high water temperatures result in higher juvenile and adult mortality, and less egg survivability. Warmer water will bring invertebrates to sexual maturity earlier but with a smaller body size than cold water. A cold water environment will slow down invertebrate sexual maturity; consequently the shrimp have longer to grow, have a larger body size at sexual maturity than if they had been brought up in warmer water.

 

Caridina shrimp are a step up from Neocaridina.  They require a more strict control of water parameters until acclimated.  Their water can be adjusted to the same levels of water as Neocaridina over time.  However, they do not breed as well in harder water.

Tank Parameters

Ph between 6.0-6.4
Gh is 4-5
Kh is 0-1 
TDS is about 120-150
Temp: 70-72

$50.00
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  • Fish are held, quarantined and shipped from our facility in San Diego, California

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LIVE ARRIVAL GUARANTEE

LIVE ARRIVAL GUARANTEE 
When you order any of our products directly from Coast Gem USA, you are covered by our risk-free Live Arrival Guarantee. Every single order from us ships with guaranteed live arrival of your fish. We want to ensure that our customers receive quality fish. 

TERMS & CONDITIONS 
If our product is dead upon arrival (DOA), we will gladly issue you a credit on your purchase. The following terms and conditions apply to our guarantee: 

  • Coast Gem USA will issue a credit towards your next purchase for the purchase amount of product that is DOA. This credit is for the product only and does not cover shipping or packaging costs.
  • Losses must be reported to Coast Gem USA within 2 hours of receiving the shipment. To be eligible to receive credit, you must email us at doa@coastgemusa.com and include a photo of the dead product in an unopened bag. We will check the timestamp of the tracking number to confirm the time of delivery. No exceptions.
  • Coast Gem USA will issue a credit towards your next purchase for the purchase amount of product that is DOA. This credit is for the product only and does not cover shipping or packaging costs.
  • Shipping is non refundable.
  • Buyer is responsible for the shipping of any replacement fish.
  • Once fish is added to your aquarium, we are not responsible for sudden deaths or illnesses. We ship healthy fish, once they are in your system, their continued good health is your responsibility.
  • Claims will only be valid if product was purchased directly from Coast Gem USA Remember, if you have any questions about these guarantee details, please ask us before ordering.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can you ship my order right after I place it?

In most cases, we cannot and will not ship fish immediately after an order is received. We stop feeding your fish in order to clean out their digestive system. This lessens the chance of fish dying in transit due to poor water quality. 

Has my Order shipped yet?

We ship fish out everyday of the week besides Sunday (depending on your location)  In most cases, we do NOT ship, Friday or Weekends. Slight delay in shipping expected due to Covid-19 & Shipping Services high volume. Please allow up to 10 days for your order to ship out. We also have a longer wait for Plant orders at this time. You will receive a tracking number by email from us when your fish has been packed and prepared for shipment. Then, you can track your fish on the web and know an estimated arrival day. We package them with pure oxygen and pack them in insulated boxes. It is best to have someone home when the fish arrives, so that your package does not sit outside your door in the hot or cold weather.


Please remember that the delivery of your order is the responsibility of the shipping carrier (USPS, FedEx, OnTrac )Once a package leaves our fulfillment center, you must reach out directly to the shipping carrier selected during checkout to resolve delivery issues. You should have your tracking number ready when reaching out to the shipping carrier.

How do you ship Live Fish? Is it safe for the fish?

All live fish are packaged in thick plastic shipping bags. The bags are filled with pure bottled oxygen and water treated in methylene blue as an extra precaution. The bags are tightly secured with a rubber band, and then placed into a sturdy corrugated cardboard. The box is insulated with Styrofoam on all sides to maintain temperature and minimal movement. Then it's sealed with packaging tape and is set to ship.Yes, it is safe. Although there is always inherent stress to the fish as a result of the shipping process, the stress is minimal and the risk to the health of the fish is very low. Over 98% of all fish we ship ultimately arrive at their destination healthy and ready for their new home.  

What Courier Service do you use?

We offer US Priority mail, Fed Ex, and OnTrac

I paid for Overnight Shipping, but you haven't shipped my fish yet. Why is that?

"Overnight shipping" refers only to the method by which the package carrier will deliver your fish. It does not mean that we will ship your fish the same day or even necessarily the next day after you order. We still cannot ship certain days regardless of when you order. Purging the fishes prior to shipping must be factored in. 

How much does shipping cost? 

Our shipping rates start at $8 for Plants and Dry Goods, and $18 for Live Fish,.

How long will it take for my package to arrive?

The transit time varies on the shipping service you selected. Please remember that the delivery of your order is the responsibility of the shipping carrier (USPS, Fedex, DHL). 

Once a package leaves our fulfillment center, you must reach out directly to the shipping carrier selected during checkout to resolve delivery issues. You should have your tracking number ready when reaching out to the shipping carrier.

My tracking is showing up as "NOT FOUND". What is the reason? 

When we print your label, you will receive an email with a tracking number. The tracking number will not register any information until the Post Office, OnTrac or FedEx actually comes and gets the box. Please wait at least 3-5 hours and try again before emailing us.

I received a tracking number, when I track it my package, its shows as being delayed?

Please remember that the delivery of your order is the responsibility of the shipping carrier (USPS, FedEx, OnTrac )Once a package leaves our fulfillment center, you must reach out directly to the shipping carrier selected during checkout to resolve delivery issues. You should have your tracking number ready when reaching out to the shipping carrier.

Some or all of my fish arrived dead. What do I do?

Contact us as soon as possible. IN ORDER FOR US TO HONOR A DOA CLAIM, YOU MUST CONTACT US WITHIN 2 HOURS OF THE PACKAGE BEING DELIVERED (WE WILL USE THE TIME PROVIDED BY THE CARRIER ON THE TRACKING). Please take a picture for us showing the loss in an UNOPENED BAG- it can just be a picture taken with your smart phone. Email us at doa@coastgemusa.com with a brief description of your problem with photographs of Dead Fish attached.


From there, we will either offer to refund the cost of the fish, or issue credit towards a future purchase, SHIPPING IS NON REFUNDABLE. Buyer is responsible for the shipping of any replacement fish. We work very hard to make sure that you receive your fish alive and we want your fish to have a long, happy life in your tank, however it has to make financial sense for us in the end.


We will not assume responsibility for fish killed as a result of the customer not being available to accept the delivery on the first attempt. You should be home to accept your package on arrival.

What if a fish arrives alive, but then dies soon after?

Once fish is added to your aquarium, we are not responsible for sudden deaths or illnesses. We ship healthy fish, once they are in your system, their continued good health is your responsibility. 

Do you ship everywhere in the USA?

Yes, We only ship within the Continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii

Can I add items to my order after I have placed it? 

Yes! You can add items to your order as long as we haven't shipped out your existing Order. To add an item, please call us at 619-934-9442 or send us an email to contact@coastgemusa.com. Please let us know the item you want to add.

I want to cancel my order

Orders must be canceled within 12 hours of the original order to receive a full refund. 


After the 12 hour period has passed, ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Any refunds may be charged a 30% restocking fee to offset non-refundable service charges and holding a fish that might otherwise have been sold to someone else. Full credit will be given to be used towards future purchases. Refunds may take up to one week to be issued.

I just received my fish and they do not look like the pictures on the website. What's up with that?

Any fish that was just shipped will be stressed. Allow a day or two (or occasionally more) for the fish to acclimate to their new environment - their color will return. This stress can also affect a fish's appetite. They may not eat for the first day or two. Be careful to not over feed during this period, as uneaten food will rot and diminish the water quality.


CHANGEABLE PATTERNBetta’s have marble genes which means they can change as they age. This varies from Betta to Betta but marble Betta’s can change more dramatically over a short period. The pictures of the Betta are taken before they are shipped to us. Please understand that we CANNOT change this fact. As this is all part of the nature of Betta’s. 

What are Coast Gem USA's Quarantine Procedures?

All of our fish are quarantined for a minimum of two weeks before being listed for sale. All fish are monitored closely for any signs of health problems during that time. If any health problems become apparent during quarantine, the affected fish are treated accordingly. 

Do you have a retail location?

We do have a brick and mortar store located at 669 Palomar street in Chula Vista. We are open to our retail customers as well as walk-ins. 

Can I contact you to ask if you have a certain color/variety/patterned fish in stock?

Yes, even though most of the fish we have are usually listed on our website. We do occasionally have fish in stock that haven't been listed yet. If there is something in particular you are looking for that is not listed, we can try and import that fish for you.

Can you tell me the sex of a particular fish?

Larger fish will be sexed along with some juveniles. But the sex will be stated in the title of the listing. Any stated sex of a fish is made with our best assessment and due to different variables the sex of the fish cannot guaranteed.

REFUND POLICY

REFUND POLICY

Orders must be canceled within 12 hours of the original order to receive a full refund. 


After the 12 hour period has passed, ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Any refunds may be charged a 30% restocking fee to offset non-refundable service charges and holding a fish that might otherwise have been sold to someone else. Full credit will be given to be used towards future purchases. Refunds may take up to one week to be issued. 


There is always a slight chance that a fish from your order will not be shipped due to health concerns. In order to ensure our bio-security, as well as on-time delivery of your order, we do not hold orders due to a fish that cannot be shipped. The full purchase price will be refunded for any fish that cannot be shipped. Once fish is added to your aquarium, we are not responsible for sudden deaths or illnesses. We ship healthy fish, once they are in your system, their continued good health is your responsibility.

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