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  • Self Cloning Crayfish (Update 2)

    Let the clone wars begin!

    Self Cloning Crayfish Baby
    Self Cloning Crayfish Baby

    The Self Cloning Crayfish are out and about on their own now! I was able to snap a picture of one of the babies. They are small enough to easily fit inside a straw from the fast food chain Wendy’s!

    I am going to have to set up a grow out tank for these wonderful crayfish now!

    Any suggestions?

  • Self Cloning Crayfish (update 1)

    Self Cloning Crayfish are normally very charismatic and outgoing. They spend a lot of time foraging and will often times react to an aquarist coming near the aquarium with what I call a two-claw salute (they raise their claws up in a defensive position). But, when the Self Cloning Crayfish becomes berried, she becomes a recluse.

    It is difficult to keep a close eye on my berried female because she spends most of her time hidden in the caves and pvc pipe that I have provided for her. Today I caught a quick glimpse (not long enough to get a picture) of her and her babies. She has quite a bit of baby crayfish hanging on her tail.

    They have hatched and are sticking with her. I have read that they will continue to stick with the adult female for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

    I will keep as close of an eye on them as possible and update as often as possible!

  • Win Free Shrimp

    In the Christmas Spirit has decided to hold a contest that will give two contest winners some free shrimp!

    Our sponsor, The Shrimp Tank, has supplied 10 Tiger Shrimp:

    and 20 Neocaridina sp. (wild type):

    First place will win 10 Tiger Shrimp and second place will win 20 Neocaridina sp. (wild type).

    If you would like to join the contest just visit our contest page and give us your name and email address!

  • What is a Ghost Shrimp?

    One of the most commonly sold shrimp in the freshwater aquarium hobby is what is labeled as the “ghost shrimp”. Most of the time these shrimp are sold a feeders for larger fish, but on the rare occasion they are given the respect they deserve and are sold as pets.

    But there is great confusion as to what a “Ghost Shrimp” actually is.

    Ghost Shrimp –
    A generic name given to many different species of shrimp that are similar in size and shape and almost always have a clear coloration.

    The species that are sold as ghost shrimp can range from Macrobrachium species (also known as long arm shrimp) to naturally colored Neocaridina species. The most commonly sold “Ghost Shrimp” in North America is the American Glass Shrimp - Palaemonetes paludosus

    American Glass Shrimp Female
    American Glass Shrimp Female

    The American Glass Shrimp is quite common in freshwater in North America and is easily collected. This shrimp does not require salt water to breed, but the young shrimp do go threw a short larval period in freshwater.

    Most frequently when somebody refers to a “Ghost Shrimp” they are in reality referring to an American Glass Shrimp, but often times it is an unknown species!

  • Hurricanes...

    Well, the hurricanes just don’t stop coming. Not only do I live in Orlando, FL, where we have been affected in one way or another by all of them, but I am a TV cameraman for ABC News and NBC News (they use the same labor union) so I have been on the road following them.

    Sadly, all the hurricane tracking has led me to neglect my website and blog. I hope these hurricanes stop soon and I can get back to dwarf shrimp!

    Leave me a comment and let me know if there is anything new in the hobby that I have missed!

  • Caridina sp. (update #2)

    It has been almost 2 months since I received this species of shrimp from a member of one of the forums I participate in. After quite a bit of observation and a few comments from knowledgeable shrimp keepers I believe they are Malaya Shrimp (Caridina sp.).

    Caridina Species
    Caridina Species

    I am not 100% positive of this identification because I have not had a berried female. The Malaya Shrimp has a short larval stage, and is the major factor I have not been able to test out yet!

    I am afraid that I will not be able to test that theory out either. It looks like the one shrimp I thought could be a male is developing to be female:

    Possible Female
    Possible Female

    It is hard to see, but it looks like there is a saddle beginning to form.

    Possible Female
    Possible Female

    Well, I guess I will have to wait and see. If this shrimp turns out to be a female I am not sure what I am going to do with these shrimp. I don’t want to mix them with confirmed Malaya Shrimp because I am not sure that they are Malaya Shrimp.

    I will update as soon as any progress is noted.

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  • A Few Random Pictures

    I was messing around with my Nikon D40 today and took a couple pictures I though would be worth sharing.

    First is a unique Ramshorn Snail that I have in one of my shrimp aquariums.

    Oddly colored Ramshorn Snail

    This is the only Ramshorn snail I have that looks like this! Unique!

    Also here is another photo of some of my Caridina sp.

    Caridina sp.

    There are still no berried females in this aquarium, I am still waiting to see what happens!

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  • New design finished!

    Okay, the new design is complete. Let me know what you think! It took a few days to get it all done, but I am pretty happy with it now!

  • New Look and New Feel!

    I have been unhappy with the design of for a while now and I have finally decided to do something about it!

    I have redesigned the entire site! I have uploaded the new design for the main site, and the blog re-design will be up soon (it takes a lot more coding). With the new design I have eliminated most of the advertising (it just got in the way) and I think the new look is very much improved.

    I have also implemented an RSS feed on the main sites right sidebar, and made it easier for people to subscribe to the Dwarf Shrimp Blog.

    Let me know what you think by leaving a comment!

  • I’ve got the blues! (Blue Pearl Shrimp)’s hatchery has pretty much been put on hold for quite some time due to expansion, real life getting in the way, and a fairly recent move. Now that everything seems to be back to full swing I have noticed my Blue Pearl Shrimp population has started to explode.

    Not only is the population exploding, some of my Blue Pearl Shrimp are displaying GREAT coloration!

    A good percentage of the females are berried and there are many juveniles running around the aquarium. I will start to selective breed these shrimp for color shortly as the population is nearing a point where it may become fairly easy to select a few with great color to separate!

    Here is what a common Blue Pearl Shrimp looks like next to a bright blue one!

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