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Re: freaked out over shrimp

Fascinating! I have one lone amano, first one I ever bought a few months
ago, in a ten gallon. He has molted several times. 

Now tell us how you grew this colossal crustacean. If I could repeat
your success I could put mine in my 125 gallon. 

>Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 11:09:41 EDT
>From: TD7894 at aol_com
>Subject: Re:freaked out over shrimp! 
>Hello fellow fish keepers! I know that you won't mind this slightly
strange post. About four or five months ago, I bought four of those
amano shrimp to put in my planted 38. These are not ghost shrimp, but
the fancy, somewhat expensive algae eating sort. I decided to quarantine
them because I am paranoid about disease. Well, all but one quickly died
of unknown cause. I dropped the remaining shrimp in the 38. When I
didn't see him anywhere for a couple of months I thought he was dead.
Then two weeks ago, I saw a HUGE molted shell on top of the driftwood
log. It was eaten within hours by snails, so I knew he must have left it
the previous night. Last night I saw a weird looking projection on my
log just at lights out. I thought, hey I've never seen that before, is
my log falling apart? Then it moved it's antennae!! It was my shrimp!!
He was HUGE, and dark chocolate brown with a mahogany tail. He looked
almost as big as a crawdad. Now every single picture in books and on the
net has these shrimp sort of clearish gray with a couple of teensy
maroon spots, sort of the same color as ghost shrimp. How come he turned
brown? He perfectly matches the log and lives in a crack in it, coming
out at night to eat algae. Anyway, rejoice with me, my shrimp lives!!
Thanks Teresa.