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Zebra shrimp (OT)
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- Subject: Zebra shrimp (OT)
- From: "William J. Wells" <wwells1 at concentric_net>
- Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 12:57:19 -0400
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Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 19:09:05 -0700
From: Naomi Mizumoto <naomizu at mac_com>
Subject: Zebra shrimp (OT)
Sorry that this is off-topic, but I thought there might be a shrimp guru
here. I actually managed to find some bumblebee shrimp, today (hooray!!!),
but I also got something called "zebra shrimp." I've never seen one before,
and I can't Google up much info. Is anybody familiar with these guys? I was
told that they do get bigger than bee shrimp but not as big as C. japonica.
And they really do have dark-brown, zebra-like striations.
For now, I'll be happy if they make it through the next 48 hours under my
care, but I would like to find out more about the zebra shrimp. Thanks!
It is hard to tell a shrimp by the common name as the same name often
refers to different species in different areas. It could be an Atya or
a Macrobrachium sp., but is most likely Macrobrachium. I have not kept
them myself, but from what I've heard from others the small
Macrobrachium are non-predatory, eat flake/pellet food and some algae
and don't bother the plants; had to work in something to keep it on
topic ;). It should be possible to spawn them if you have java moss and
lots of plants. They don't tolerate ammonia well, need somewhat hard
water and it is good to add a small amount of iodine to the water. The
iodine apparently helps them with their molts. I use one of the marine
iodine supplements at half the recommend dosage with water changes.