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Slaphppy7
12-23-2013, 05:49 PM
My LFS now has Bamboo Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis) in stock. I have been reading about and researching these shrimp and find them to be quite interesting, and am considering buying one for my 40 gallon breeder. I have driftwood that reaches up to the output current of my canister filter, so there are already places for the shrimp to perch and filter feed

If anyone here has experience with Atyopsis, I would be very glad to hear your opinions, thoughts, and suggestions on keeping these guys happy and healthy. Are there any specila foods that they require?

Thanks in advance

Brhino
12-23-2013, 05:59 PM
I have one in my 75g planted tank. The filter outputs in that tank are vertical tubes with holes drilled in them in the back corners. 90% of the time the shrimp hangs out in a pile of java ferns back by the filter. However, when I turn off the pump to do a water change, it comes out and wanders around. I don't feed it anything special, there's plenty of particles zipping around in my tank. It molts every now and then which always makes me think it's dead for a second. It lost a leg a while back, not sure how, but it grew back after the next molt.

It's a fun critter to have even if I don't get to see it all that much.

Slaphppy7
12-23-2013, 06:06 PM
Thanks for the info Brhino, I appreciate it. Any tips on picking a healthy specimen for purchase? About all I have read in my research is to find one that is actively "fanning" for food, and that has all of it's appendages, lol. I know that they grow quite large (for a shrimp), and was thinking of buying a smaller one so that we could watch it grow, I have read about the moulting process and how they prefer to hide when gowing through the moult. I have plenty of hiding places in the tank for this.

Greentoads41
12-23-2013, 07:15 PM
I've read that bamboo shrimp die quite often in people's tanks because they don't feel "secure" enough to open up and start filter feeding, so they starve. Most of the time this is caused by boisterous stock and not having any tank area where the shrimp can quietly keep to itself. Sounds like you have a good tank to provide for it though, Slap, so you shouldn't need to worry. thumbs2:

Brhino
12-23-2013, 07:19 PM
Any tips on picking a healthy specimen for purchase?

don't really know much about that. My LFS only had 2 or 3 in a tank crawling over a sponge filter, and I asked for one in particular. They seem to have color and pattern differences from one to the other, so I just picked the one that I liked the look of best.

Slaphppy7
12-23-2013, 07:30 PM
Thanks guys, they are really neat little creatures, I think that we are going to try one



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnxbXrVtJ3I

DoubleDutch
12-24-2013, 12:15 PM
Don't put them in a new / not riped tank cause they feed on tiny food parts that are in the watercolumn. I have two in a communitytank, but still asking myself if that's a good idea. I am using some very fine granules (breedingfood) to be sure they will get enough. When theybstarting to get food from the bottom, they are hungry. They'll eat India Almondleaves (when soft) as well !!!

Slaphppy7
12-24-2013, 04:31 PM
Thanks DD, they will be going into a well established tank, with lots of bits and pieces floating in it like Brhino's tank. Mrs. Slap and Lauren went by the LFS yesterday while out shopping, to buy a sweater for our dog Ginny for Christmas, and snapped a quick pic for me. They are only $5.99 each, so I may get a pair instead of just one. Won't be until may Thursday or Friday, though


http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh109/Slaphppy7/bamboos.jpg

talldutchie
12-25-2013, 03:12 PM
If anyone here has experience with Atyopsis, I would be very glad to hear your opinions, thoughts, and suggestions on keeping these guys happy and healthy. Are there any specila foods that they require?

Thanks in advance

These shrimps don't travel well and shops take terrible care of them. Steer clear of any that are poking the bottom with their fans. if you find a good one also buy some fry food, liquifry for example.

Slaphppy7
12-25-2013, 05:14 PM
Thanks dutchie.....yes, I have read that these are wild caught only, and that the stress of travel and poor care in the shops can take their toll...thank you for the advice about the fry food, I will look into getting some if I decide to purchase one of these shrimp.