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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-06-2013, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Sunkist Shrimp

Hi! I just bought 10 Sunkist Shrimp yo my lfs and they are doing great, but I saw some people say that their larva will live in freshwater and others say brackish is needed... Also, some of the shrimp are very angular in structure and more clear while 1 or 2 of them have more of a straight back with more of a solid color, is that normal? One last question (I am kinda a noob) how do you tell which are female and which are male, is it just based on color?
Thank you very much, Rachel
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-06-2013, 03:36 PM
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look up propinqua shrimp. they have had a name change but there is lots of info im them still under that name. they get quite larger and live a long time. im down to my last one and have had them about 2 years now. the larva can be born in fresh water but have to be moved to brackis.salt to live and develop. ive heard color can depend on the water parameters like hard water darker color but i could be wrong on that. as mine got older they lost the bright orange and went kinda orangey brown color not as bright like when young
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Correct, new name is Caridina thambipillai.

I've been attempting to breed these guys for awhile now. Having a big issue with the ladies eating the eggs after becoming berried. So frustrating.

Not sure what really dictates the color myself. I have a couple that are nearly black. Most of the females are an orangish-brownish color.

The males are typical of dwarf shrimp. They are smaller than the females and not as colorful. I would say them to be a more clearish-orangish color.

Very hardy as well. Have had them for quite some time now.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks a bunch! They all seem to be living fairly well, all still have an intense orange color and eat like CRAZY!!!!
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