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Old 02-26-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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New To Shrimp: Atya Gabonensis (Vampire Shrimp) Breeding Project


Hey everyone,

I visited my lfs today to buy some fish food and discovered these cool looking shrimp. I spent a bit of time watching them and doing some brief research online on my phone before decided to get a few.

I picked up 3 of them (pretty expensive, $13 each), I plan to breed these guys as I think it would be really neat to watch as well as a great challenge to work on.

I had a hard time reading up about sexing these particular shrimp, found info stating that males tend to have a more bulky set of front legs vs the females. since that was the only solid info I could find I based my pick off that.

I have never kept shrimps and from what I read these guys are pretty hardy and don't require much work to keep healthy and happy.

here are some pics on them in the bags as they acclimate.

Here is what I think is the male:


Maybe a female:


The random one, i think it must have just molted as its color is gone. not sure of sex. Maybe a male?





Any info or past experiences you all have would be very helpful. I plan to do a lot more research on them as well. I understand they are still fairly new to the hobby.

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Old 02-26-2015, 09:23 PM   #2
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I will be posting my fails and successes along the way. I discovered some reports of successful breeding and raising of the baby shrimp. for anyone interested I have provided links.

http://www.crustahunter.com/en/breed...ya-gabonensis/
http://www.crustahunter.com/en/atya-...eeding-report/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A61RMaLzGI (video report, same person from other links)
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:50 PM   #3
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We had a group of 4 of these at our store for a while, and bred them (almost) successfully. We had larvae make it about 2 months before they got eaten. In hindsight, I wish I had moved them to a separate tank to see if I could rear them all the way out.
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:57 PM   #4
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I wouldn't say they are fairly new to the hobby, but just hard to find. I had trio a long time ago and they are very shy. They hide all day under the wood. I would caught them venturing out at night though. Go luck with your venture.
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:09 PM   #5
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Thanks, my main concern at the moment is whether or not I have a male and female...

Anyone can confirm that I got both sexes?

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We had a group of 4 of these at our store for a while, and bred them (almost) successfully. We had larvae make it about 2 months before they got eaten. In hindsight, I wish I had moved them to a separate tank to see if I could rear them all the way out.
What did you feed the larva? What silanity did you guys use for the saltwater tank?
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:15 PM   #6
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Wow! I want to subscribe! I love these shrimp. They are like 30 dollers here if you can find them !
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:59 PM   #7
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Yeah, I saw some places online selling them for 30 or more..
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Subscribed. Very cool shrimp, good luck!
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:07 AM   #9
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Thank you, I am excited.
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Thanks, my main concern at the moment is whether or not I have a male and female...

Anyone can confirm that I got both sexes?

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What did you feed the larva? What silanity did you guys use for the saltwater tank?
My main goal wasn't to rear any larvae so I didn't put too much effort into it. It was mainly something to do between customers.

That said; I fed them mostly bbs and a liquid food used mainly for SPS corals (kent marine maybe). They were kept in a brackish system kept between 1.016 and 1.008 depending on who did a water change last.

Side note: I've never seen a wholesaler selling them for more than 7 or 8 bucks a peice. I feel sorry for anyone who pays $30 for them.
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Old 02-27-2015, 01:51 AM   #11
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Thanks for the info.

Unfortunately, these shrimp are not available everywhere. Some places like live aquaria sells them for over 30. Not the first time I have heard of this either.

With that said these are awesome shrimp and I might of paid 30 for em if I had too.
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Old 02-27-2015, 03:48 AM   #12
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Why are they called vampires?
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Their legs have these thorns / fangs / spikes / claw or whatever you want to it at the end of em. That's why they are called vampire shrimp. But they are harmless, great for a community tank.

They can grow large and can be kept with bigger fish compared to normal shrimp.
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Through my researching I found a report that showed the study of parasites in these shrimp (1000 of them). Anyhow, in the study they mention how they were able to sex these wonderful shrimp. Thought it would be helpful. I plan to examine my 3 shrimp once they have some time to get establish to the tank, I don't want to freak them out just yet.

Sex of each specimen was determined by examination of the abdominal segment (swimmerets). The female has a pair of ovaries. Eggs produced in each ovary pass through a delicate oviduct to a genital pore at the base of the third walking leg. While the male has a pair of testes from each a vas deferens carries sperm to an opening on the genital papilla at the base of each fifth walking leg.



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So does anyone know how to properly sex these great shrimp?
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