Indian Whisker Shrimp
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Macrobrachium sp., probably M. lamarrei lamarrei

 
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 Whisker Shrimp Factoids

Origin India
Description Transparent like ghost shrimp.  Longer nose than ghost shrimp.
Temperature Room temp fine
Foods Scavenger -- does fine on any fish food
Decor Hard to find in a heavily planted tank
Size Slightly larger than ghost shrimp.  2 inches.  Females larger.
Tank Size Large tank not needed
Personality Seems more comfortable in groups
Community? Easy going.  Not a predator.  No claws.
Egg Incubation Three weeks under female's abdomen
Baby Shrimps Smaller version of the parents.  Hatch out ready to rock and roll.
Water Des Moines water works fine (moderately hard)

Apology:  I looked via Google to find some info on these relatively new to Des Moines shrimps.  Searching for Macrobrachium lamarrei lamarrei, I was surprised that my little collection of pictures came up #1 on the list.  My page didn't say much.  It just contained an assortment of pictures taken earlier this year (2010).  Believe me, whisker shrimp are hard to photograph -- especially in a planted tank  Impossible might be a better word.  Anyway, I'm adding more info and pictures to this supposedly #1 site for these shrimp.  LA

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Whisker shrimp blend into the woodwork.

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Even captured in a net, they're still hard to see (and even harder to photograph).

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You can see them better on your hand to give you a better clue to their size.

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No claws (or "clips" as the Germans say) so they fit into a community tank of small fish such as neon tetras.

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You can see their latest food up behind their eyes.

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The swimmerets under their abdomen never stop moving.  You can't even see them.

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Very similar to ghost shrimps.  Longer nose.

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Whisker shrimp show up best in bare tanks.

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One on left snacking on algae or other green food earlier.

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Whisker shrimp on the left.  Ghost Shrimp on the right.  Not much difference.

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The smaller shrimps are young Amano  (
Algae-Eating Shrimp) shrimps.

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Adult algae-eating shrimp.

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Fueled with green fish food flakes.

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Still looking for more snacks.

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Whisker shrimp love sinking pellets.

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Finally, a half-way decent pic.

Last Words.  Indian whisker shrimp make excellent scavengers in small community aquaria.  Do not mix them with large fish.  LA


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