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Old 08-29-2009, 10:51 PM   #1
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Rock Shrimp?

I used to have a 5 gallon when I was younger with a small school of White Clouds and a pair of Ghost Shrimp. I really loved those guys!

I went to Petsmart today to buy a few things for my tank, and I couldn't help but go look at the little guys. I was considering adding a few to the bottom of the tank once it gets going.

But then, in the tank next to it, I saw these really big shrimps that I had never seen before! They were called Rock Shrimps, and they were quite large (compared to the Ghost Shrimps). But they were really cool, and I became enamoured with them.

Does anyone have any experience with Rock Shrimp? The tank is going to be a divided 10 gal, I was thinking of adding one to each side. Please tell me about these little guys if you know about them, Google isn't being very helpful!
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Old 09-13-2009, 03:15 AM   #2
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From Freshwater Shrimp in the Aquarium:

Another genus or group within the Atyidae family is mentioned in aquaria literature as Attya or Atya and or Atyoida (bisculcata)...

Shrimp in this group are commonly referred to as the Mountain or Rock Shrimp and are closely related to shrimp in the Atyopsis (Wood/Singapore) group. ... Unlike Atyopsis, these shrimp can be found in not only Asia, but in South America and Africa. They can get quite large and generally reach an adult size of 8-12 cm. These shrimp are true scavengers rather than algae consumers. ... Environmental information suggests that they require a temperature in the 20-28C range and a neutral pH. They are members of the Atyidae family, so share many of the same characteristics of the Atyopsis shrimp, such as a brush-like covering of their claws and legs.
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Old 10-24-2009, 11:03 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info! I ended up not splitting the tank, because I got female bettas instead. Do you know how many (if any) I can keep in a 10 gal? I have 4 female bettas in there right now.
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Old 10-31-2009, 01:03 AM   #4
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2 id say
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Old 11-01-2009, 05:20 PM   #5
I have one rock shrimp. He basically keeps to himself and nobody bothers him. I've had him for maybe 8 months now. They usually prefer to be near the filter, because they pick their food out of the water which is being sucked into the filter. They don't usually move around much, just stay in one spot for long periods of time. He hasn't really grown much since I got him. One of those purchases that I ended up being happy about. Hope that helps :)
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