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03-08-2014 12:01 AM
Absolut Talent @MSG thanks for the info, Ive been to that store before (actually where I got these "amanos"). Not going back to that location in the future as their other location is better

@Soothing Shrimp Thanks. I will be placing my next order with her
03-07-2014 02:59 AM
Soothing Shrimp Msjinkzd is also a sponsor here.
03-07-2014 02:56 AM
MSG OP check this link. It should keep you up to date on what' going on in your state.

I haven't been to Chicago in a while, but my friends in the area mentioned this store a few times.

In the first row, these 2 shrimp that made an appearance last night. Rest are from my visit to my local shop. They just received new shipment of 1" baby amanos, a pair of bee shrimps & about 30+ pieces of driftwood.

Here's a closeup of the shrimp I think you have. I'll get some better photos while I'm on the phone tonight.
03-07-2014 12:21 AM
Absolut Talent
Originally Posted by Charlest View Post
Im gonna say definitely a caridina species. Not japonica though. They look more like Malawi but bigger. How big are they?

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Eyeballing it, the smallest one is about1/2"-3/4", the largest ones are slightly over 1"
Well im done spending money at LFS on shrimps I dont want when I wanted amanos.

Anyone got suggestions for reputable online stores to get real amanos?
03-06-2014 04:36 AM
Charlest Maybe this will help one of my ancient threads on a local utah forum. Im pretty sure your dealing with a Malawi species depending on their size. Images arent loading on my phone maybe youll have better luck.

Err nevermind thats a list of poso/Sulawesi not Malawi

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03-06-2014 04:34 AM
2pac the second picture OP posted IMO is definitely a neocaridina palmata
03-06-2014 04:24 AM
Charlest Im gonna say definitely a caridina species. Not japonica though. They look more like Malawi but bigger. How big are they?

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03-06-2014 03:44 AM
Absolut Talent
Originally Posted by aquabruce View Post
I don't think they're Amanos.

Do they look like this?
I am going to say that they look much more like those than any of the amano pictures ive seen.
03-06-2014 03:24 AM
aquabruce I don't think they're Amanos.

Do they look like this?
03-06-2014 02:29 AM
Absolut Talent
Originally Posted by MSG View Post
  • BTW, OP how much did you end up paying for you shrimps?
I hate to admit it... the first batch was $4.99 each, 1 out of the 3 survived the acclimation/transport
The 2nd batch from a 2nd location was during a sale of 50% off, so bought 6 for $15 total and all 6 still around.
03-06-2014 02:13 AM
MSG No idea. That's why I bought them because the best chance for me to get an ID is for me to get some decent macro photos to show someone who's more knowledgeable about the subtle differences in the species. Might meet up with a few this weekend.

However after warming the "bag of shrimp" back up from 40 degrees & drip acclimating for 2 hours ..... upon their release, I've seen them actively foraging, but rarely do they come close enough for me to get a good CLEAR photo.

The worst thing about ALL the shrimp I bought that weekend is every single one are transparent or different shades of brown. Makes it very hard to tell the difference between them.
  • Notice: The LAST shrimp in the photo is the only one that had any type of color. The two whisker shrimps have slight differences in the EYES, one had a darker center than the other.
  • BTW, OP how much did you end up paying for you shrimps?
  • Rand, nice healthy looking plants & STS substrate. the shop I bought mine from is what the manager of the fish department Vi called a "connecting store" so they're able to get livestock that's not available to the smaller PTC stores. They had low grade cherry shrimp, SAEs & that harlequin lobster as well.

Was planning to get about 12 amanos that day (most for other people), but they only had 2 left by the time we made it down there.
03-06-2014 01:43 AM
randpost Petco comes through when you order from them at least sometimes. If they aren't Amano's you don't have to buy them. I have 2 Petco's within a few minutes driving distance; one I never really expected much from since the store isn't ran very well (Manager doesn't even remember me or my order) while the other was better managed and produced items that I ordered and even called me when their fish delivery arrived. It's hit or miss with Petco's.

I bought 5 of these today after ordering them a few days ago. I'm debating on buying a few more. 2.25 plus tax is way cheaper than the prices I was seeing online not even including shipping:

03-06-2014 01:07 AM
Absolut Talent it wasnt petco (my petco's/petsmarts never have anything good)
I went back to one the other week and asked about it, he said they order it as "japanese algae eater shrimp" and vary rarely do they get true amanos. Yet thats how they are labeled and sold as.

And compared to the 5th picture from the left that you posted, I see the 2 amanos with the dotting. And I see the one on the right has what looks like a lightly colored line down its back.
Thats why I was curious about the dotting showing up later.

So if they are not amanos, any idea on what they could be?
03-06-2014 12:16 AM
lemonnoodle def not amano
03-06-2014 12:10 AM
Definitely NOT amanos.

You must have purchased them from Petco. Surprised no one else on the TPT forum has responded yet since you added the photo.

During the 50% off sale around the END of February, I bought some of those shrimp too. I'm not exactly sure what species they are either.

However when I bought them, I KNEW they're weren't amanos, but @ $1.20 each, I grabbed about 5 of them in addition to the 2 amanos they had. It's RARE to see anything here other than GHOST shrimps Petcos.

I talked to Brian one of the managers of the stores that does the purchases every week & they haven't received REAL amanos in over 6 months. The last time they had "Amanos" delivered, they were the same species as the ones you posted.

Here's the scampi I brought home that day. See if you can pick out the imposters.
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