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msjinkzd
01-18-2011, 12:22 PM
Most people are familiar with red cherry shrimp (neocaridina heteropoda var red) but they are a great little shrimp despite their commonality:
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Neocaridina heteropoda var yellow:
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff170/msjinkzd/yellowsaddle.jpg

neocaridina zhiajensis blue (blue pearl):
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff170/msjinkzd/100_6077.jpg

neocaridina zhiajensis white (snowball shrimp):
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff170/msjinkzd/saddledsnowball.jpg

Caridina babaulti green
http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=138479&thumb=1&d=1286546512

caridina babaulti cf stripes (dwarf zebra)
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Amano shrimp (low order so doesn't breed in fw but AMAZING algae eater)
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malawa shrimp
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bumble bee shrimp
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I like to keep my shrimp with microfish and other invertebrates. Some examples are pomacea diffusa ("mystery" apple snail) which do well as long as the shrimp are not too numerous.
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boraras brigittae (stay under 1")
http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=124258&thumb=1&d=1270662621

dario dario
http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=124259&thumb=1&d=1270662651

nerite snails
http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=124261&d=1270662721

microcrabs
http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=124270&thumb=1&d=1270663469

dwarf cories
http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=124276&thumb=1&d=1270665617
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different ancistrus
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and many small tetras and rasboras
erythromicrons
http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=124277&thumb=1&d=1270665636
galaxy rasboras
http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=126512&thumb=1&d=1272563970


These are just a few examples. There is a lot more versatility out there for small tanks than ever before. The lists of microfishes and invertebrates becoming available for import is staggering. The majority of these species can be kept in a small desktop aquarium.

deeda
01-20-2011, 5:47 PM
Wonderful pictures! I think this thread is a great idea as so many people ask what fish & other invertebrates can be kept with their shrimp.

Zmuda
01-20-2011, 9:49 PM
Do you think Endlers would work with Fire reds?

Laticauda
01-21-2011, 1:57 AM
Males would be small enough, but are like any other livebearer, and start harassing others when there aren't females to keep them occupied. Females are big enough to eat the immature shrimp, and I doubt the shrimp would breed/proliferate.

Norbert
01-21-2011, 2:10 AM
Love those Dario dario, great little fish

msjinkzd
01-21-2011, 8:49 AM
endlers do ok if there are tons of areas of dense moss. You won't see your shrimp as much either.

Pharaoh
01-21-2011, 8:57 AM
I like those Dario dario. They would fill the 300 nicely. LOL

wmpaul
01-21-2011, 10:44 AM
you sure mico crabs will be ok with shrimp?

was looking at some the other day to put with cherries but thought the crabs might kill the shrimp espesially the small fry

Miguel
01-21-2011, 10:49 AM
Great collection and great pix, Rach!!

msjinkzd
01-21-2011, 11:04 AM
you sure mico crabs will be ok with shrimp?

was looking at some the other day to put with cherries but thought the crabs might kill the shrimp espesially the small fry


The ones I have pictured are limnopilos naiyanetri. They are 100% safe with shrimp. I keep them with IWB (Indian white backed/banded) and yellow neocaridina. The shrimp are much larger than the crabs. The crabs are detrivores and their claws are largely for show or eating, not so much defense. The crabs are about the diameter of a pencil eraser. I have been keeping them about 2 or 3 years with shrimp.

wmpaul
01-21-2011, 2:06 PM
The ones I have pictured are limnopilos naiyanetri. They are 100% safe with shrimp. I keep them with IWB (Indian white backed/banded) and yellow neocaridina. The shrimp are much larger than the crabs. The crabs are detrivores and their claws are largely for show or eating, not so much defense. The crabs are about the diameter of a pencil eraser. I have been keeping them about 2 or 3 years with shrimp.

have you had any luck breeding the crab? and what do they eat? do they eat the same food as your shrimp?

msjinkzd
01-21-2011, 2:18 PM
They are largely detrivores, hanging out around teh base of plants and eating out of the plants. They do also eat the pellets I feed to my shrimp. As far as breeding,t hey h ave a larvael stage which is rumored to require orienting light to prevent the larvae from dashing into the sidesof the glass. While I have not taken the time or effort yet to document their breeding, I routinely have females carrying larvae and all sizes of the crabs in my tanks. I am not 100% positive I am raising them effectively, but I sure have sold alot more than I imported initially.

benzjamin13
01-21-2011, 2:30 PM
Sexy

wmpaul
01-21-2011, 3:40 PM
might see if my lfs have still got them in stock.

the light in my tank isnt that bright due to the amount of plants and green on the glass i leave most of it there for the shrimps to eat

msjinkzd
01-21-2011, 3:53 PM
I have a light on in my fishroom pretty much 24/7 (think more like nightlight) which is what would orient them (its set up over their tank).

wmpaul
01-21-2011, 4:20 PM
i have a few led blue light from and old tank that i used to use for night effects. might use them to give some orient lighting

just read up on them and i think i understand what they need now but all depends whether my lfs still has them or not

msjinkzd
01-21-2011, 4:34 PM
i sell them as well

wmpaul
01-21-2011, 6:21 PM
im from the uk though

msjinkzd
01-21-2011, 6:25 PM
aha! that does complicate matters for affordability :)