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Old 02-27-2013, 06:44 PM   #1
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Red Spot Shrimp


So I was reading my March/April 2012 Issue of Amazonas featuring dwarf shrimp. I first bought the magazine because of the shrimp pic on the cover. I didn't recognize it and I still don't.

Apparently it's called the Red Spot Shrimp, only categorized as Caridina Sp.
Apparently the author selectively bred for the red color and its natural color is actually golden. One of the natural pics is attached below.

Anyone have information on this shrimp? Cause googling it didn't yield much.




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Old 02-27-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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No idea, but they're certainly pretty.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:07 PM   #3
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Are they possibly a variant of the Red Tuepfel shrimp? If so then they are the same species as tangerine tigers. I sadly have a whole story about them (tried getting them into the country once)

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Old 02-27-2013, 07:36 PM   #4
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I have that issue somewhere.

I was under the impression that they are talking about the Red Tupfel (same as the Tangerine Tiger and Aura Blue but just a much earlier red color variation that was popular in Germany).

I wouldn't want to swear to that in a court of law or anything though.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:37 PM   #5
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At the time of that article I think that it wasn't too long after the designation Caridina Serrata became more used for the Tupfel shrimp so that might explain why they don't list a specific species of Caridina.
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Yea, the Red Tuepfel shrimp are very nice. And from the looks of it, I'd say that's what they are talking about. I might have the German version of the magazine somewhere and can look if they are talking about that particular variant.

Some time ago, I wanted to start a colony of RTS and I'd love to have some in the American hobby, so i went on the hunt. Problem was, I couldn't find any in the States. So I spoke with a lot of Germans and finally found someone who was willing to sell me some. However, the problem is that no one in Germany really keeps them and the gene pool has consequently shrunk down quite a bit. The breeder assured me with little transport time, a healthy set up and adequate quarantining measures that I would be able to start my colony. But the first point was almost impossible to achieve since I live in the States. After we started talking a bit he did mention that he has experienced issues with the colony. They are very fragile, do not take change well at all and are susceptible to diseases. He said that he has them in several designated tanks, just to prevent the whole colony to wipe out when several shrimp get sick. They are the same species as the tangerine tigers/aura blue and were just a random red mutation. But the mutation appears to be very rare, thus you rarely get new genes into the pool. Kind of sad that most likely they will disappear from the hobby in the future. Maybe, we can all help together to establish them in this hobby, or hope for more random red mutations out of C. serrata.

Apart from that if you want some more info on the specs I can try and see if I can dig up the email.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:36 PM   #7
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nice shrimp but have never seen these being sold by anyone. I wonder when it will filter to aquabid or hobbyists who sell them online here
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won't happen.

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nice shrimp but have never seen these being sold by anyone. I wonder when it will filter to aquabid or hobbyists who sell them online here
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:05 PM   #9
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Those are indeed Tupfel shrimps or Caridina Serrata...same as Tangerine Tigers and Aura Blue. In Germany they have had the Blue version long before it hit the US. I had both blue and red shrimps for about 6 months, before Aura Blue was even heard of. Imported them from Germany thru a local German LFS owner.

Unfortunately they are slow growers, and like to hang out in plants not on the bottom, so they don't really eat the regular shrimp food. I found it quite hard to get them fed with anything that didn't stick to floating plants or moss.

Tangerine Tigers and Aura Blue were developed from the original shrimp which is the Red version.
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