Introduction to Black King Kong Shrimp
The Black King Kong Shrimp is also known as BKK or King Kong Shrimp. It isn’t an easy shrimp to keep so it must be avoided by beginners. It is also one of the expensive shrimp on the market. It is an incredible looking shrimp so it’s tough not to be tempted by it. The Black King Kong Shrimps Origin isn’t much clear; however some believe it is a mutation of the Snow White Bee Shrimp whereas other believes it is a mutation of Blue and Red Bee Shrimp, cross breeding Black, either way we are glad it’s around as it is one of our favorites.
- English name: Black King Kong Shrimp, BKK, King Kong Shrimp
- Scientific name: Caridina cantonensis var. “Black King Kong”
- Origin: Mutation
- Size: 1″ to 1.2″ (2.5 – 3 cm)
- Water temperature: 68 -75F
- Water Parameters: PH Range 6-7.5, TDS 100-180
- Breeding Rate: Hard
- Behavior: Non-aggressive
- Difficulty: Hard
Black King Kong Shrimp Origin & Background
There is some debate to the origin of this shrimp with some claiming it is a spontaneous mutation of the Snow White Bees while others claim that it is a cross between a (CBS)black bee/(CRS)red bee hybrid with Blue Bee. It is more generally accepted that it was a mutation rather than a complex cross breeding but there is still some debate.
Feeding King Kong Shrimp
The Black King Kong Shrimp is an algae eater but it is recommended to give them a good varied diet of food such as spinach and blanched courgette, they can be fussy so it is worth trying diverse things. They tend to be picky eaters, but usually it is accepted that blanched spinach and high grade vegetarian shrimp feed is enough. A varied diet is a healthy diet. There are also some reports of the advantages of feeding freeze dried copepods as a dietary supplement since the high amounts of calcium and protein and the ease of digestion, this is particularly advised for the very young. Feeding as with all shrimp should be done in moderation.
The Sexing of Black King Kong Shrimp
Sexing is achieved when the Black King Kong Shrimp reaches its maturity; the females tend to be larger with the rounded undercarriage with the males smaller and a more flat undercarriage. It is almost impossible to identify a saddle on the females and even if a female is berried it can be pretty difficult to spot the eggs at first glance. Once they are well into the sexual maturity size and body shape can be used to recognize the sexes as females will be a little larger and have a rounder undercarriage as is the case with most Caridina cantonensis species.
Breeding BKK Shrimp
It is advised to use a 25 gallon tank as a minimum because it is easier to control the parameters on the larger tanks, the water has to be kept clean, pristine enough to drink even. It is also suggested to use as much filtration as possible to keep the water clean. Black King Kong Shrimp can be bred with quite a lot of species of shrimp including Shadow Pandas, Panda, Blue Bolts, Wine reds, Mischling and others. Survival rates differ depending on breeder and can be anywhere from 10% upwards but tends to stay low making this astonishing shrimp one of the more expensive in the hobby.
Black King Kong Shrimp for Sale
The Golden Bee Shrimp are typically a hobbyist shrimp that aren’t sold in local fish stores. Speciality aquascaping stores do sometimes carry Golden Bee Shrimp/Snow White Shrimp from time to time or can be ordered. If you can’t find any speciality stores carrying Golden Bee or Snow White Shrimp for sale. You can look below for online vendors that do sell Golden bees that I would recommend to buy from.
Alpha Pro Breeders
The Shrimp Farm
Breed in USA