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Blue Dream, Blue Velvet and Blue Jelly Neocaridina Differences

There is a lot of confusion around the Blue Neocaridina shrimp name, what they breed out like, their lineage, what happens when you mix name it, the mixed information leads to a lot of confusion around Blue Dream, Blue Velvet, and Blue Jelly shrimp.

Breakdown of Blue Dreams and Blue Velvets/Blue Jelly

- Blue Dream Neocaridina are dark blue and originally came from Carbon Rili Neocaridina shrimp and bred out from there for a darker color.

- A True Blue Dream Neocaridina line will never produce red variations.

- Blue Dream that produce red are not true Blue Dream and are Blue Jelly/Blue Velvet.

- Blue Jelly/Blue Velvet originated from Red Rili Neocaridina. Offspring will result in some mixed lighter blue's and red lines in some shrimp.


Blue velvet neocaridina

Blue Velvet Neocaridina 

Some things to consider when buying blue Neocaridina

- Names for blue Neocaridina all over the world can be subjective so it is recommended to see a colony and offspring picture.

- The top 3 names for blue Neocaridina are Blue Dreams, Blue Velvets and Blue Jelly. Any other name is for marketing or some sort of variation of Blue Dream and Blue Velvet/Blue Jelly.

- Blue Velvet and Blue Jelly are the same in the USA meaning they both come from Red Rili. The name Blue Jelly is a common name used outside the USA. 

- Blue Velvets outside the USA are often the same as Blue Dreams.

- Blue Dreams can be kept with Carbon Rili and they will still produce Blue Dream, Carbon and Blue Rili patterns/colors. 

- Mixing Blue Dreams and Blue Velvets/Blue Jelly will result in wild colors down the road because of the Red Rili color mixed in.

Blue jelly neocaridina

Blue Jelly Neocaridina

2 thoughts on “Blue Dream, Blue Velvet and Blue Jelly Neocaridina Differences

  1. avatar GLENDA GREEN says:

    Hi Molly,
    I’ve noticed that a lot of stores are now blending the colors without regard to breeding – in fact, they might be trying to make more money by doing this. Because shrimp store sperm, if they are bred in these tanks, then brown/wild types will likely be produced – forcing the person to keep returning to the store for the prettier shrimp.

    Sounds like you have Blue Velvets – the name Blue Velvet/Blue Jelly is interchangeable.

  2. avatar Molly says:

    Interesting post. I have found that the names are indeed confusing and often used incorrectly as well! Maybe you can help me figure out what I’ve got.

    I was sold 6 blue Neos at a fish show earlier this year (2 were very young and did not survive) and was told they were Blue Velvets. But everything online that I find shows Blue Velvets as being that lighter cerulean sort of blue like in your second picture above that is marked Blue Jelly (although I haven’t seen one with a saddle like that). I believe all mine are males. And at least one of mine does have that coloration. But the others are darker, more like the top photo (maybe even a bit darker) and there does indeed seem to be a bit of red on one of them sort of in the middle.

    So, if I read correctly from your post above, they would be Blue Velvets, the Cerulean and the darker blue?
    Since I have all males, I’m trying to find out what to add. Or at least what to look my LFS they have gotten rid of a tank of Blue Velvets they had and now have a different tank set up with ALL DIFFERENT COLOR shrimp! (I guess they are selling them before they reproduce with each other too much and dilute the line) They’ve got a couple females that look sort of like the color above in your first pic.

    Sorry for the ramble here, but if you can give me any pointers in addition to the above that would help, I’d appreciate it. I just happened upon this post in my search for info on transferring shrimp from one tank to another and luckily noticed this post, which seems to clarify a few things, so much appreciated.

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