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Shrimp are decapods or 10 limbed crustaceans along with crayfish, cherax crabs and others. Historically only crayfish were kept, in the last 10-15 years shrimp and other crustaceans have become increasingly popular in home aquaria. Three endemic species Indian Dwarf Shrimp, "Rainbow" Shrimp Neocardina zeylanica, Indian White banded Shrimp Caridina cf. babaulti var. Indian white banded, Stripe Shrimp Caridina cf. babaulti and an exotic species Red Cherry Shrimp Neocaridina denticulata sinensis "red" were bred commercially by developing hatchery technology. Availability of these endemic species in the ornamental market will reduce the stress on wild population as they are wild caught for their commercial demand. The life cycle of the selected shrimp species were studied in detail and recorded. The Planktonic larval stages are completely suppressed and the larvae assume a benthic lifestyle after hatching, i.e., they are miniature versions of the adults. In the process of selective breeding, commercially sold feeds haven given better colour enhancement than natural feeds. Interbreeding among these shrimp species resulted in hybrids resembling their wild variants.