Real or fake amano shrimp? - The Planted Tank Forum
 10Likes
  • 1 Post By Asteroid
  • 2 Post By asquirrel
  • 2 Post By Quint
  • 2 Post By Zoidburg
  • 2 Post By Quint
  • 1 Post By Zoidburg
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-25-2020, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: NH
Posts: 36
Real or fake amano shrimp?

Hi folks,


I just went and bought an amano shrimp at Petco last night. I'm looking at him / her and although the shape looks right, it doesn't have any telltale markings of an amano shrimp (either black dashes along the sides or dots along the sides - even Petco's site has the right pics). This shrimp looks blank on either side. I'd say maybe he's a baby but he's pretty big. About 1/3rd bigger than my adult red cherry shrimp. If you folks could help me determine whether or not he's a real amano shrimp I'd appreciate it. Pictures are on the link below.



If he's not an amano, I'd be open to guesses. Thanks!



https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Pf...qZ0zcPd-p-hP3P
asquirrel is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-25-2020, 06:58 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Zoidburg's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Nevada
Posts: 2,851
It's more like we don't know either! LOL

I'm personally leaning towards an "Australian Amano" myself, aka Caridina typus sp.


You can look at some past threads for more about them.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/8...no-shrimp.html

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/8...imp-these.html
Zoidburg is offline  
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-25-2020, 07:11 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
EdWiser's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Louisville,Kentucky
Posts: 320
Thatís a no.
Can be hard to find the Amano shrimp that is real.
EdWiser is online now  
 
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-25-2020, 07:23 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 1,561
I bought several from Petco that look like that. One of them turned into this one that rules the tank. Pushes Amanos, RCS and other shrimp out of the way.

Zoidburg likes this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Asteroid is offline  
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-25-2020, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: NH
Posts: 36
Thanks Zoidberg!


That second thread with the shrimp looks a lot like mine. Everyone has a different opinion. Fat glass shrimp. Baby amano. Caridina sp. that are *NOT* amanos.



Freaking Petco. I'm going to keep him anyway because frankly, bringing him back is returning him to a death camp. They had a variety of neos in a tiny box (the ones they stage the shrimp/fish in before dumping into a bag). There were 10 in there. Four were dead and nobody even pulled the bodies out after I pointed it out to the aquatic person there. Another tank had ghosts eating a pile of dead nerite snails. The amanos were in that tank clinging to a sponge filter. Not too many of them and I took the biggest one I could find in the bunch. Dude looked scared out his mind with his tank mates. Didn't leave the sponge up above and witness the carnage below with the ghosts. He's seems very active now in my tank and beginning to realize his days of suffering are over.

BTW - thanks man for quickly answering my questions throughout the years on here. You always get me going in the right direction. Me and my aquatic friends thank you.

Thanks folks for your responses! Asteroid, that brown shrimp you have looks like a beast! :P
gnovince and Zoidburg like this.

Last edited by Darkblade48; 01-27-2020 at 07:28 AM. Reason: Please use the edit function for back to back posts to keep threads cleaner
asquirrel is offline  
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-27-2020, 05:05 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: PNW
Posts: 806
Yours should darken up some and get more defined patterns if you will in a few days once it settles in. All of mine were that same color when I brought them home and within a week or so ecspecially after the first molt they looked similar to Asteroids shrimp. The racing stripe I have on a couple of them and others its broken up into a repeating arrow head pattern of sorts. They get big also compared to RCS or similar. I have a couple that are a good 2" long. They dont bug anything else in the tanks except to knock things out of the way to steal food.
Zoidburg and evil8 like this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Quint is online now  
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-27-2020, 02:36 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 1,561
Quote:
Originally Posted by asquirrel View Post
... Asteroid, that brown shrimp you have looks like a beast! :P
Definitely is, funny to watch when i drop in a wafer and 10 or so RCS are sharing it, then "the beast" comes out from wherever she's hiding, grabs the wafer and disappears.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Asteroid is offline  
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-27-2020, 02:44 PM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 67
Quote:
Originally Posted by Asteroid View Post
I bought several from Petco that look like that. One of them turned into this one that rules the tank. Pushes Amanos, RCS and other shrimp out of the way.

Thats a Bamboo, not amano
Aquatroy50 is offline  
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-27-2020, 02:46 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Zoidburg's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Nevada
Posts: 2,851
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aquatroy50 View Post
Thats a Bamboo, not amano
No fans and smaller than a bamboo... "amano" sized, but "beefier"
Blue Ridge Reef and Asteroid like this.
Zoidburg is offline  
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-27-2020, 03:18 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 1,561
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aquatroy50 View Post
Thats a Bamboo, not amano
Does kinda look like a Bamboo from the top, but as @Zoidburg pointed out no fans.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Asteroid is offline  
post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-27-2020, 05:59 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: PNW
Posts: 806
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aquatroy50 View Post
Thats a Bamboo, not amano
They do have very similar coloring especially right after molting. Here are a few pictures of some of mine that I have posted before.



This one is next to a wild type neo










Zoidburg and Asteroid like this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Quint is online now  
post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-28-2020, 10:21 PM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 50
yeah that is some weird coloration! Mine are just gray with the dark dashes but other than that looks the same
aquapadawan is offline  
post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-29-2020, 05:17 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Zoidburg's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Nevada
Posts: 2,851
Quote:
Originally Posted by aquapadawan View Post
yeah that is some weird coloration! Mine are just gray with the dark dashes but other than that looks the same

Here's one photo I've taken that is a good comparison of a false amano (C. typus???) with actual amanos (C. multidentata)



Asteroid likes this.
Zoidburg is offline  
post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-30-2020, 05:29 PM
Newbie
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 1
I picked up three shrimp at Petco that were labeled as Amanos. Two of them looked like your pictures and I think they are Australian Amanos. They looked like this at first:

[IMG][/IMG]

They eventually got a lot darker and looked like this:



I think the third one was a short nosed shrimp:



The short nosed shrimp was a much better algae eater than the Australian Amanos. Unfortunately, it disappeared without a trace a few weeks after I got it. It was in a tank with a betta and every time the fish got near it, it shot across the tank like it was spring loaded. A few times it shot up and got stuck on the glass above the water. After it disappeared I had to replace it with a real Amano from a better fish store because the Australian Amanos were pretty lazy when it came to eating algae. The real Amano cleaned things up pretty quickly and all have been doing well for about 4 months now.
gadawg999 is offline  
post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-01-2020, 05:11 AM
Newbie
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2020
Posts: 1
Sounds like my experience with the Petco amanos. They look like amanos but no markings. They’ve been decent with algae clean up but they also seem to be eating the manzanita driftwood.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	8988AF80-AE39-4049-805F-772EA720F962_1580533777870.jpg
Views:	6
Size:	128.3 KB
ID:	892723  

Click image for larger version

Name:	F27A121E-7207-4913-A25E-C449B0C73557_1580533801856.jpg
Views:	6
Size:	158.7 KB
ID:	892725  

Click image for larger version

Name:	F99B69E0-6849-40DA-B3D0-6E15A2B4C416_1580533835763.jpg
Views:	6
Size:	123.9 KB
ID:	892727  

RobVA is offline  
Reply

Tags
real fake amano shrimp

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome