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Introduction. I started out keeping these nearly invisible shrimps many, many moons ago. Then I finally spotted a female carrying eggs and decided to breed them. Actually, they did all the work. I just wanted to harvest the offspring. So I put the pair in a 10-gallon tank forested with broadleaf ludwigia and tried to keep an eye on them. I never did see any offspring.
More Recently. About half a year later, I spotted the female -- still carrying eggs. Perhaps she'd had several litters and I just didn't see them. Anyway, I moved them into one of the three-gallon tanks I built for killifish last millennium. It was mostly bare, so I could check out her egg situation more easily.
Origin. I've seen chameleon shrimp referred to as freshwater prawns, long-legged shrimp, Borneo red-claw shrimp, marsh shrimp, and chameleon shrimp. Thailand raises several Macrobrachium species. They show up in Indonesia and Malaysia. So, we can say they come from Southeast Asia.
Size. Chameleon shrimp hit the market at about two inches -- plus antennae and their long arms that end in pincers. Their long arms enable them to snatch smaller critters and other bits of food. They make excellent scavengers. The male's pincers work very well. He can pinch surprisingly hard for such a long-armed critter. By the way, the Macrobrachium in their name means "long armed." Do not expect small fish to survive with them. And do not expect large fish to ignore them.
Pregnant Female. You can see the eggs she carries in her abdominal region -- somewhat similar to the way crayfish females carry their young. These eggs are fairly small, so you know the babies will be hard to see.
Foods. You can feed your chameleon shrimp any foods you might have on hand -- flakes, pellets (sinking, of course), frozen foods (thawed, of course), food sticks, or even live foods. They probably gnaw on the vegetation also. They may snack on algae, I just don't know. They grudgingly eat French-cut green beans.
Color. Mostly translucent like the Predator in Schwartzenegger's movie of the same name, chameleon shrimp have a tendency to change colors to blend into their surroundings. The foods they eat also influence their colors.
Reproduction. No clues from me. No idea how long she carries her eggs. In fact I thoroughly vacuumed the pairs' gravel two days before I spotted these little guys. Cleaned it down to the one-inch water level, then refilled their tank from a nearby tank of tetras. I'm feeding the babies crushed flake food and microworms. I can see the flake food in their craws. Unfortunately, their numbers seem to decrease daily. Addendum: Turns out I was just having trouble seeing them because of their dininuitive size.
Last Words. If you can find them, Chameleon shrimps make interesting tank mates. They will get along with most community fish. However, you are not likely to see them reproduce if you keep them with any fish that would eat a baby guppy (which is most fish). LA
A: Thanks for the report. I'll add it to my ghost
shrimp page. If they are another species, I'll change the page.
A: Alright I moved your report to my Chameleon shrimp page. Thanks for the info. LA
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