Shrimps in Your Aquarium
We'll take a look and talk about several shrimps
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implies diminutiveness. Most of the shrimps are small. As we get
into prawns we find larger and more edible human foods. Let’s look at
some of the shrimps we can keep in our aquariums.
Brine Shrimp: Most everyone knows the brine shrimp – a well-known saltwater crustacean. His lack of a hard shell makes him a tasty morsel for the smallest fishes. Even eyelash-sized newly-hatched bettas enjoy chomping a drumstick off the closest baby brine shrimp. Pet brine shrimps are called sea monkeys. Remember, if you keep them as pets, you have to name each one.
Bumblebee Shrimp rarely exceed an inch. These black and orange very cute critters can be kept with only the tiniest fishes or they wind up on the snack menu. They make great little scavengers. And they eat algae. Unfortunately, we can’t get them most of the time. They’re only available at certain times of the year and come in packs of 700. These cute little guys love algae.
Bee Shrimp are black and white. Ditto the bumble bee info -- except they come in smaller packs (100).
Cherry Red Shrimp never exceed an inch. These shrimpy shrimps eat algae and French cut green beans. Of course they prefer flake food. Great for planted aquaria with tetra size fishes. Add salt to taste. We don’t get them very often because they come in packs of 300 out of Taiwan.
Rudolph Shrimp weigh in slightly larger -- 1.5 inches. New to us in 2005 so we know little about them. Treat like algae-eating shrimp. They come from India. Called Rudolph because of their red nose. Males are more colorful. They like salt in their water and can actually swim.
Ghost Shrimp grow larger – almost two inches long. Big fishes like to munch these guys too, so be careful what you mix them with. They fit in with most community fishes up to three inches in length. As their name implies, you can see right through them. You can see their food inside their stomachs. And you can watch the eggs grow inside the females -- not really inside but held in her swimmerettes like crawdad eggs. Theoretically they eat algae, however they so much prefer fish food that they ignore algae. They come to the top and compete for flake foods. Because of their low, low price, you need these in your aquarium.
AIBC Note 04.23.05: Alex M. Kim reports -- I believe the “hairy-clawed shrimp” depicted on your site might be a juvenile specimen of the “Macrobrachium sp. aus Thailand” depicted at http://www.mimbon.de/wirbel0.html and (within the entry for 10.02.2005) at http://www.crusta10.de/index.php?page=3&sideid=news_de. From where do you obtain them?
Algae-Eating Shrimp look very similar to ghost shrimps but are a bit stouter and just a tad larger. They eat algae quite readily -- all types of algae. Careful. When they finish your algae, they also eat plants. And when you net them, they crawl right back out of your net. Ghost shrimps flip out; these guys crawl out.
Chameleon Shrimp. If you have any plants at all, this guy will disappear into them. You’ll catch them more by accident than on purpose.
Red-Clawed Shrimp. Too small to pester your fish and big enough to see describes these community tank shrimp. They also make great scavengers.
Vampire Shrimp grow almost two inches long and lurk on the bottom. Do they eat fish? The jury is still out. These usually dark shrimps look like they could eat fish.
Flower Shrimp come in different colored versions. They are very good at blending into the woodwork. They also look like they could catch fish. They can’t. They’re filter feeders.
Ivory Shrimp Also seek hiding places and manage to blend into the background. They’re too small to threaten fish. In many ways they resemble a non-ghost ghost shrimp -- in shape, size, and actions.
Long-Armed Blue Lobsters are really prawns. They can easily snag a fish the same size as their body. We had not seen them for a long time and did not miss them. Those old blue lobsters don’t resemble lobsters in the least. They’re really prawns – sort of a shrimp that grows as large as a small lobster. Their long thin pincers (nothing like heavy lobster claws) are extremely adept at catching any type of fish that swims close. Not just scavengers – these guys are active and efficient hunters. They also enjoy fighting with each other. You can also find them in many Thai restaurants.
Electric Blue Lobsters (the new kind) look exactly like lobsters except for their bright blue color and diminutive size.
Red Lobsters look exactly like real lobsters – cooked lobsters – because most are actually quite red. They make very pretty and interesting tank residents (by themselves). Snap their large pincers off if you plan to keep them with your fish.
Crayfish make questionable tank residents.
Most eat your fish and plants. They also dig holes under your decorations and climb out of your
tank unless kept covered. Oscars
love these guys if you get tired of them. Or
you can make your own gumbo.
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