The Red Cherry Shrimp is the most popular shrimp in the hobby due to it is easy to breed as well as their ability to live in many different water parameters. Most aquascaping hobbyists keep this species because of it easy requirements and also learn about dwarf shrimp in general. Once acquiring experience in the hobby through keeping the Red Cherry Shrimp most hobbyists move on to the more difficult species like Tiger Shrimp and Crystal Red Shrimp. Other names for this species is Cherry Shrimp, Cherry Red Shrimp and the acronym R.C.S. means simply Red Cherry Shrimp (RCS).
The Beginner Shrimp
I highly recommend that any newcomer to the freshwater aquarium shrimp hobby start off with the Red Cherry Shrimp. I start with this shrimp as well. This shrimp will teach you a lot, and mistakes causing shrimp deaths can be overcome due to their ability to readily breed. You also don’t want to make a mistake with another more expensive species. Red Cherry Shrimp are the least expensive shrimp in the hobby. It's very easy to keep and very minimum requirement is needed.