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  • The difference between Caridina and Neocaridina

    Boxing Shrimp

    The Difference Between Caridina and Neocaridina

    I get asked, "what is the difference between Caridina and Neocardina, and why can't they breed" a lot so I thought I would address it, interestingly enough there is more to it that meets the eye literally.

    Initially, I thought one of the main differences was rostrum length but it has become apparent that this can vary drastically from each sub species of Shrimp. For this very reason rostrum length cannot be a viable means of identification. To the naked eye there are no differences between the species other than the rostrum length as noted above. To see the only two differences between Caridina and Neocardina you have to dive in to the macro world.

    The first major difference is the shape and size of the reproductive appendage which is a modified swimming leg, it is the first set in a swimming pair called Pleopods. On Neocaridina the end of the appendage is called the Endopod also referred to as Endopodite, which is the inner branch of the crustacean's limbs, it is round and flat, almost like someone is holding a table tennis bat, while the end of the Caridina species appendage (Endopod) is longer but slender than that of the Neocaridina.

    This is likely the reason the two cannot inter breed, their "parts" simply put, do not fit together.

    The other difference between the species is a small part on the first Maxilliped (body appendage), in most but not all (Mark what is an example of some Caridina species that do not have this?) Caridina species there is a small spur, almost like a finger (Endopod). This is something that is completely missing from Neocaridina.

    Happy Shrimp Keeping!

    - Mark Peggie






  • New PERMANENT Lower Price

    The Shrimp Farm is pleased to announce a permanently lowered price on it's FIRE RED CHERRY SHRIMP!! We've gone from $89.99 for 10....down to $69.99 for 10 Fire Red Adults.
    Check them out here.

    fire red shrimp for sale

  • New Shrimp at the Farm-Red Rili

    Hi all!

    The Shrimp Farm is extremely excited to now offer The Red Rili Shrimp. What an exciting "look" this shrimp has. Check it out here and let us know what you think!

    red rili shrimp for sale


  • Now Selling Snowball Shrimp

    We are now selling Snowball Shrimp, or as some people like to call it "White Pearl Shrimp"! These are some of the most beautiful shrimp out there! Especially when breeding, the eggs of this shrimp look like little snowballs! Hence its name!

    More information about the snowball shrimp here! And this may be a good time to add some to your tank for only $39.99 for 10!

  • The many faces of Neocaridina heteropoda

    Selective breeding has shown its effects for many years in the tropical fish hobby, and now the dwarf shrimp hobby is starting to really reap its benefits.  The Tiger Shrimp (Caridina sp.) is bred in 3 color forms, wild type, blue, and even black.  The Neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis has been selectively bred from its wild color to include a white morph and a blue morph.  Continue reading

  • Shrimp Name Abbreviations

    What’s in a name? When it comes to Bee Shrimp there seems to be a lot these days! They have accumulated many names over the years. Here are a few: Continue reading

  • Tiger Shrimp Have a New Home

    I attended the Global Pet Expo this year and while walking the aquatic section I ran across an aquarium that I just had to have. So I talked to a rep and picked one up. It is the Fluval Edge. Continue reading

  • Fluval Edge – Tiger Shrimp Aquarium

    I have just finished setting up my Fluval Edge 6 gallon aquarium. Continue reading

  • Orange Shrimp

    Most shrimp that are acquired by come from online suppliers (readers, sellers, auctions ect..) but every now and then I find some shrimp at local stores. A trip to PetCo not to long ago resulted in the purchase of 6 Orange Shrimp. Continue reading

  • Birth to Berry – Tiger Shrimp Edition

    After tracking a group of my Blue Pearl Shrimp from birth to the point that they are berried themselves (41 days) I decided to follow the same thing for all the species of shrimp I have.  The next Dwarf Shrimp to go from birth to berry was the Tiger Shrimp. Continue reading

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