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Are Amanos born with their side/top markings? Or is that something that develops later on as they mature?

I cant seem to find an answer out there about it, or maybe im just googling it wrong. Just curious as so far ive gotten a few shrimp from 2 different LFS, both were assured to be true Amanos, but they dont look anything like the pictures I see online.
None of them have the side dots or dashes. One is a female and is berried, but again, no markings on the sides. She does have a tan line running down her back from nose to tail. Shes hiding in my java moss wall, but from the short glimpses it appears the eggs are a dark color (dark brown/black)

The other ones all look similar to themselves, very clearish body, except for one which is opaque with a reddish tinge on the shell (i think he might be a goner soon), and on the smaller side at roughly 1". I know they arent ghost shrimps before anyone throws it out there (i have several healthy ghosties for comparison)

They have cleared up a wall of diatoms on the plastic canvas mesh around my moss wall. But they just dont look anything like the pictures I see online of what an amano should be. I want to know atleast what I have here.
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These are the best I can do with my old camera (10+ years, no manual focus)

The first picture is what some of the other ones look like. One is a little longer, but white opaque on the inside (been like that for about 2 months, but if its like what happened to some of my ghosts when I first got them, i dont think he will be around much longer). None of them have any lines on their top. This one in particular is always all over the place picking at stuff

The 2nd picture is what the berried female also looks like. With that light tan line down its back. I hardly see this guy out though, pure luck he was there for the picture. Now I cant find him. But I can always find the female in my java moss wall behind where this one was.

But none of them seem to have those distinct side dots/dashes I see in every other amano picture.
 

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it wasnt petco (my petco's/petsmarts never have anything good)
I went back to one the other week and asked about it, he said they order it as "japanese algae eater shrimp" and vary rarely do they get true amanos. Yet thats how they are labeled and sold as.

And compared to the 5th picture from the left that you posted, I see the 2 amanos with the dotting. And I see the one on the right has what looks like a lightly colored line down its back.
Thats why I was curious about the dotting showing up later.


So if they are not amanos, any idea on what they could be?
 

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Im gonna say definitely a caridina species. Not japonica though. They look more like Malawi but bigger. How big are they?

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Eyeballing it, the smallest one is about1/2"-3/4", the largest ones are slightly over 1"
Well im done spending money at LFS on shrimps I dont want when I wanted amanos.

Anyone got suggestions for reputable online stores to get real amanos?
 

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@MSG thanks for the info, Ive been to that store before (actually where I got these "amanos"). Not going back to that location in the future as their other location is better

@Soothing Shrimp Thanks. I will be placing my next order with her
 
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