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Lab_Rat
03-25-2010, 01:39 AM
Saw these guys last week at my LFS. At $7.50 each I wanted to do some research as to what they were before dropping the cash for them. The LFS had them listed as "Mali Red" shrimp but I couldn't find anything with that name. I was able to ID them as Yellow Nose Red Bee shrimp, a sulawesi shrimp. I picked up 4 of them (all that were left). Hopefully they do well in my 5g tank.

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p316/ambell16/5g%20tank/032410002.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/albums/p316/ambell16/5g%20tank/?action=view&current=032410002.jpg)

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p316/ambell16/5g%20tank/032410004.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/albums/p316/ambell16/5g%20tank/?action=view&current=032410004.jpg)

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p316/ambell16/5g%20tank/032410005.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/albums/p316/ambell16/5g%20tank/?action=view&current=032410005.jpg)

EmmanuelJB
03-25-2010, 01:40 AM
WOW! Those look very cool! They have some nice color!

korith
03-25-2010, 02:01 AM
Very cool I tried to find them several times but never had any luck. How many males/females?

Lab_Rat
03-25-2010, 02:41 AM
Thanks guys, I'm really hoping they do well. Korith, I have no idea how to sex them. If they're like RCS, maybe the smaller lighter one is male. But none look like they're saddled right now. If anyone can sex them please feel free!

korith
03-25-2010, 02:55 AM
Thanks guys, I'm really hoping they do well. Korith, I have no idea how to sex them. If they're like RCS, maybe the smaller lighter one is male. But none look like they're saddled right now. If anyone can sex them please feel free!

Can you get side shots of them?

wlepse
03-25-2010, 10:58 AM
I have seen those several times on Aquabid...nice shrimp! I would like more info on them too since I don't have any idea what kind of water they need to be healthy and hopefully breed.

rich311k
03-25-2010, 12:39 PM
Those are some pretty shrimp. Good luck with them.

Taurus
03-25-2010, 03:27 PM
Nice find for you 5g.

toddnbecka
03-25-2010, 05:28 PM
Great pickup, beautiful shrimp. If they survived at your lfs they must be fairly hardy critters, you can bet they didn't keep them in Sulawesi-type water. Good luck with them.

troy
03-25-2010, 11:38 PM
Great pick up. Good luck with breeding them.

Lab_Rat
03-27-2010, 01:46 AM
Can you get side shots of them?

They're not great but the best I could do. Stupid scratched up acrylic is hard to get decent pics through.

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p316/ambell16/nano%20tank%202g/032610023.jpg

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p316/ambell16/nano%20tank%202g/032610019.jpg

I've done a bit more research on them and found sulawesi are considered difficult shrimp to keep. They need hard water, preferably alkaline (no problem for me). Also they need about zero nitrates and a well seasoned tank since they are picky eaters. Diatoms make up a large part of their diet. Not many are offered for sale yet, and not many people are breeding them. I doubt I'll be lucky enough to have mine breed, though I may try to set up a sulawesi tank. I also learned the price I paid for these guys was a total steal! People pay $30+ per shrimp for these guys.

rothenb1
03-27-2010, 02:05 AM
Very cool! Nice find, especially at that price!

annageckos
03-27-2010, 02:11 AM
Those are really pretty shrimp, good luck with them.

korith
03-27-2010, 05:49 AM
There are several different types too. Not sure if you posted this or not, but RO water works well with shrimp tanks. Water quality is pretty huge with these guys. If you see them molting that's a good sign, you got a good chance they might breed eventually. I've read the gestation period is fairly short, think it was 2 weeks and they don't carry as many eggs as rcs do. They'll start breeding when they hit 1cm or so. Wish their water requirements weren't so exact else I'd be willing to spend a bit for them. The price you got them for is a steal, you could easily turn around and sell them straight on aquabid and easily get back 3-4x what you spent on them.

I think the ones you have pics of both look like females to me, just looking at the body. The males should be thinner and smaller in size. The color on the females will be richer as well.