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xDarkPassenger 02-09-2010 03:18 PM

Need help with Shrimp and Snail identification

Someone gave them to me and not sure what it is.


stephanieleah 02-09-2010 03:26 PM

It's hard to tell the size, but my first guess is crystal red shrimp or cherry shrimp (not fully grown...once full grown they are dark red)

Angel079 02-09-2010 04:16 PM

Def not a Crystal red; even the baby's would have easy to ID white strips in between the Red. Red Cherrys are solid red and also very easy to ID.
Googel image results for Bamboo and Amano Shrimp...Or alternatively try describe it better (really hard to see on the picture) how long? any dotted lines or strips? What colors are the dots or lines? etc...

iamntbatman 02-10-2010 05:30 AM

The first definitely looks like a young Atyopsis moluccensis if you ask me, known as bamboo shrimp, flower shrimp, wood shrimp and probably reticulated neon upside giraffe lion shrimp or some nonsense. The important part is that this is a filter-feed shrimp. Unlike most shrimp it doesn't eat by poking around through substrate or plants or moss or things like that looking for food. Instead, it uses those fans on its legs to filter food bits out of the water column. You can accommodate it by having some driftwood or rocks or something like that jutting up directly into the outflow of your filter and removing some of the mechanical filter media from the filter so that there are particles of food for the shrimp to eat. I've always heard that if you see it poking around in the gravel for food, it's starving to death.

As for the snail, that looks like a Malaysian trumpet snail. You'll have a whole bunch of them pretty soon. They tend to burrow into your substrate and are generally pretty harmless (actually pretty beneficial as they feed on detritus and keep your substrate from compacting).

xDarkPassenger 02-10-2010 12:17 PM

I found out that the shrimp is a Rock/Mountain shrimp :
YouTube - Mountain Rock Shrimp

Thanks for your help on the snail.

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