This is my first post on here, just wondering if you guys could help me out.
A few months ago, I bought some amano's from my lfs as I wanted to try keeping shrimp..
They were quite young, and all about the same size and colour, but one was slightly larger, and had a long set of claws on the front.
I didn't think much of this at the time, and being new to shrimp thought this was probably just a male or something.
As time passed though, the amanos finished growing at about 1.5" but this one kept growing until she's now up to around 2.5".
She fills with eggs after each moult, so I now know she's a female. I've had to separate her into a tank of her own as she attacks the other shrimp, as well as minnows and betta fish, so she's no coward!
As far as I can tell by researching on the net, she seems to be a red claw macro, but I'm a long way from certain.
I'll attach some pics, and perhaps someone here will have a better idea?
Recently at the same lfs, I found they had another shrimp very similar to her that they've apparently had for a few months. They don't really have a clue what type it is, and sold him to me as a ghost shrimp. I'm thinking that the two of them may have come in in the same batch, with the amanos. The shrimp I've just purchased is happily co-habiting with the female, and is slightly more brown and speckled, with heavier claws, so I can only guess he's a male of the same ro at least a similar species.
I don't have any pics of him yet, but will try to get some some.
He is slightly smaller in the body than she is, and that with the colour difference makes me wonder about the species.
He seems to be closer to the typical colours of a red claw than she is though, with the striped claws alternating light and dark brown.
Is there much chance of them breeding together?
Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated.