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Win's "algae eater" shrimp

Does anyone have a definite ID to what they are? I've heard some guesses, but I'm not sure if anyone has gotten a definite ID yet.

They're the ones that are stocked in the tank underneath the Cherries.
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Most Likely they are Amano shrimp. I know one of our LFS's here in Denver stocks them as "algae eater" shrimp as well.
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Definitely not amanos. They have a fairly thick, tannish colored band down their back, much broader than amanos. They also seem to have very dark bodies but not completely solid colored from what I can tell.

I've tried getting pictures of them but none were good enough to use.


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Yep, definitely not Amanos.. I haven't been able to get any good shots either.
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Perhaps they might be vampire shrimps? http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2620/...28c058a043.jpg

I can't think of anything that would be "broader" than amanos and I haven't been to Pacific in a while.
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They're not Vampires either.. I haven't seen Vampires or Amanos at Win for a good while now.
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I was inclined to say its some sort of Neocaridina from the body shape, definitely not an Atya.

Did you check for amanos in the front plant tank on the left bottom? Sometimes I see juvies in there.
I'll try to bring better camera next time I go there but who knows when the next time will be.


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It'd be great if you could get a snapshot.

It's always interesting to see what kind of exotic shrimps Pacific, or any other LFS for that matter, carry from time to time.
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Sounds kind of like bamboo shrimp (aka wood shrimp) to me. I bought some several weeks ago and since two have molted, they now have dark mottled brown bodies with a tan stripe down the back.

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Mine have much darker bodies than the one in that picture and I haven't seen any with stripes yet, other than the one down the center of the back. They have done a very good job at cleaning a bunch of algae I had along the substrate, but they don't seem to clean much on the plants and definitely not on the glass since they are filter feeders.
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Not a Bamboo Shrimp.

While I do appreciate the out-of-towners trying to help, and I do apologize for not having a decent photo for reference, I was hoping that both the popularity of Win and the fact that they've been selling this shrimp for such a long time would get me an answer just by mentioning the name alone. But I'll work on getting a decent shot of them.
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Does anyone have a definite ID to what they are? I've heard some guesses, but I'm not sure if anyone has gotten a definite ID yet.

They're the ones that are stocked in the tank underneath the Cherries.

Are you looking for amanos?? They have them at a place in brooklyn, Royal Aquaria on 65th street and 8th ave.
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No, I'm not. Like I stated, I'm just looking for an ID.
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I went there yesterday. They looked like colorless RCS. I'm pretty sure there is no such thing, but just my observations. And there weren't too many left, maybe 10 in both tanks.
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Every time I go there I ask old man and he says "Wholesaler don't know the name but are good for Algae"

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I went there yesterday. They looked like colorless RCS. I'm pretty sure there is no such thing, but just my observations. And there weren't too many left, maybe 10 in both tanks.
The wild form of the RCS can be colorless at a young and older stage, almost clear at times.

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