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Bamboo Shrimp

Took this picture this evening. Though these guys are quite common; thought I'd share. dEf



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Nice picture. I just bought some myself, they are quite fascinating.
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Nice pic!

I bought 2 of these a month and a half ago. One turned up dead a day or so after i got them, the other is still alive and well. Only thing is it hides and is never out. He hides inside the rocks I have for my pleco.

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Very fun critters.

When I used to have mine, he would go a few weeks hiding then emerge one day to bask in the filter output, interesting little fellow.
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Thanks to both!

This guy usually likes to walk around and picks up the substrate. Tonight he found the outlet from the pump and was acting like a filter shrimp. When he got close up to the lights I saw that their filter fans have color on them and are quite pretty (though hard to see in the picture).
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nice pic...he is a cutie
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I love the photoshot. It is very detailed. Very beautiful as well.
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i lucked up and got one for free from petco cause the lil fella only had one eye. he is doing great and he is always changing his color from light brown to red. mines only hide a little bit cause i always see him picking the gravel and hanging on the filter. good luck with your new shrimpy.
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I bought 2 of these a month and a half ago. One turned up dead a day or so after i got them, the other is still alive and well. Only thing is it hides and is never out. He hides inside the rocks I have for my pleco.
Bamboo shrimp must be acclimated in a separate container of store/tank water very gradually over several hours, which might be why you lost one. They are very sensitive even during your weekly water changes.

The survivor is probably a male, as the females are much more day active. Whenever sexing is possible, no matter what species, I find it's best to get female shrimp if you want them to be more day active.


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my LFS had some of this a few weeks ago but i didn't pick any up for fear they would get eaten in my barb tank.


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I have six 2" Tiger Barbs in the same 29gal tank with both a 3" Vampire and 3" Bamboo shrimp, and they all get a long just fine. Tiger Barbs are only a problem if you have one or two of them instead of a school. However, I'm sure you know your own fish, and if you feel your Barbs are too inquisitive, then maybe it's just as well you avoid getting shrimp. However others considering this compatibility pairing should not be so concerned.
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yeah i have a school of at least 5 or 6 now, and with the ferocity that they go after my feeder shrimp, i don't want to drop $10 for each bamboo shrimp i buy to have it end up in pieces in a few minutes.


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Great pic Dougie! It looks like a female.

I have 5 of these shrimp--1 male and 4 females. One of my females ia carrying eggs, and I will be attempting to raise the zoes.

If the shrimp is/are scraping the substrate, then it's time to start supplementing their diet. I simply use finely crushed spirulina flakes and finely crushed fish flakes in the water current.

Here are a few pics of my shrimp:




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ARB, Nice pictures. Thanks for sexing her and the tip on the food. She has been scraping the bottom some and was wondering what to feed them. Is spirulina a type of algae? Right now I only have one and enjoyed her uniqueness.

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here's a feeding trick you can try;

wrap your canister return in a sponge filter. bamboo shrimp like picking bits off, climbing around it, and the water-flow, and they don't have to compete there with other bottom feeders you may have.

I find it hard to target feed my filter shrimp as they are not often fanning the current. when I do catch them, I take a plastic 1oz medicine dropper you can get at any drug store, and fill it with tank water and a bit of Cyclop-eeze, which are whole freeze dried zoopankton from Argent. I then squeeze the dropper out a few inches from the shrimp fans. only problem with that, is my other fish soon go nuts over this stuff, and compete with the shrimp for it.

Anne, remember to share pictures with us once the shrimp fry are large enough to have mini fans of their own
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