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What kind of shrimp eats a TIGER BARB?! (now with PICS)
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number6
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PostPosted: 2003.03.12(Wed)12:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shawna, I think I located the one I was thinking of... Japanese Freshwater Prawn...
http://www.wirbellose.de/arten.cgi?action=show&artNo=220

I notice Cory lover also found that site thansk Corylover...
the Macrobrachium family make up the fresh water prawns and are not considered to be safe for community tanks. They should be treated like Crayfish.
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Shawna in CA
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PostPosted: 2003.03.12(Wed)12:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Corylover. Yes. Some of those I'd already visited, but not that German one that had all the lists upon lists.

After going through the pics over there, it seems these shrimp MIGHT be Macrobrachium guatemala. I don't know if there are any other names for them, or if the German site messed up the "guatemala" part or not, but I'm not having much luck finding information about them. LOL!

Anyway, at least there is kind of a jumping off point now. Thank you very much for the links! I'm so relieved, you know? At least there's a key now. Thanks again.
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PostPosted: 2003.03.12(Wed)14:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shawna,
Awesome pics !! And finally when the kids say let's add a shrimp to the tank, we can say .. FORGET IT !! Only Shrimp we're buying is for the
Bar-B !!

A.C.

P.S. I've seen those shrimp for sale in a few shops! Never checked for their trade name, but I will next time!
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PostPosted: 2003.03.12(Wed)15:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of courisity, how did the shrimp manage to catch the Tiger Barb??! Tiger Barbs are really active and fast...so did u c him catch him? or did u find him in the shrimp's mouth right away!? Confused


PS. Great Pics (very clear and great focus Cool )
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PostPosted: 2003.03.12(Wed)16:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found a pic that looks something like your shrimp/prawn type thing! It's the fifth picture down on the page and the shrimp's on a red and green plant next to a snail and is called a Yamatos shrimp..... heres the link... http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/?&op=showcase&category=0&vol=1&id=55
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Shawna in CA
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PostPosted: 2003.03.12(Wed)16:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raul-7 wrote:
Out of courisity, how did the shrimp manage to catch the Tiger Barb??! Tiger Barbs are really active and fast...so did u c him catch him? or did u find him in the shrimp's mouth right away!? Confused


THat's why my subject line is worded the way it is. This tiger barb was not ailing. It was in good health. We saw the shrimp actively hunt this tiger barb and catch it. From start to finish, the whole thing took around 20 seconds or less. We dropped the barb into the tank, and BAM! It was a snack. It didn't even have a chance. These shrimp are predators, and very aggressive ones. They're also extremely territorial.

I just sent an email to one of the instructors of animal biology at school. Hopefully he'll take them off my hands & use them for study.
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PostPosted: 2003.03.12(Wed)17:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lookd to be some kind of long arm shrimp(macrobrachium sp.)

What do you plan to do with the lil critter?
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Shawna in CA
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PostPosted: 2003.03.12(Wed)17:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are 7 little critters. LOL! I just emailed a biology teacher at my school to see if he/she (never met the person, just going on first initial + last name) wants them to study in the animal bio class. If I can catch them, then that's what I'll do w/ them. I don't want them. Not at all.
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PostPosted: 2003.03.13(Thu)6:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say add a large Jaguar Cichlid for alittle payback!
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PostPosted: 2003.03.13(Thu)7:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say just dehydrate them, or make them "feeders", or just sell them bak to the LFS!?
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