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 Shrimps, Crayfish, Prawns in Freshwater Aquariums 

By Bob Fenner

Atyopsis moluccensis

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Some of the More Commonly Available Freshwater Crustaceans Used in Aquariums: Shreemps!

Atyopsis species, Wood, Bamboo, Singapore Shrimp. Up to three inches in length. Filter/suspension feeders, good for green water conditions.  Tropical, temp.s. in mid-70's to 80's. Shown: Atyopsis moluccensis. Have two pair of specialized sieving appendages.  http://userpages.umbc.edu/~rrhudy1/shrimp.htm#wood

Caridina japonica... now C. multidentata. Japanese Swamp Shrimp, Amano Shrimp (after their popularizer, Takashi Amano) Great algae eaters for peaceful freshwater aquariums, including planted ones.  http://suiso.com/ebi.htm http://www.petshrimp.com/amanoshrimp.html

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Caridina serrata species complex, Black and Red Bee Shrimps http://www.petshrimp.com/beeshrimp.html

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Caridina multidentata, formerly known as C. japonica. From the Yamato River area of Japan. Reclassified in 2006, this is aka the Amano Shrimp. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caridina_multidentata

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Caridina zijangensis, Interzoo 2010

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Euryrhynchus sp., Interzoo 2010

Neocaridina heteropoda "Yellow Fire". Interzoo 2010.  

Palaemonetes sp.  Ghost Shrimp. Maximum size, about one inch. And shown at far right, one of the "Grass Shrimp", Palaemonetes kadiakensis picture taken where it was living in a marine system. 

Crayfish, Crawdads, Dirt Bugs: See articles and FAQs files listed on FW Livestock Sub Index II, copied below

Cherax destructor, the Yabby crayfish, Common yabby, Australian yabby. Interzoo 2010
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherax_destructor

Cherax tenuimanus, the (Blue, cultivated) Marron. Found naturally in Southwestern Australia. Natural habitat is calm water under ledges. Territorial, one to a tank. Nocturnal feeders on plant material, animals, detritus. Males distinguished by genital papillae on fifth pair, females with openings on third pair of walking legs. Cool to tropical water. Escape artists! Keep tank covered. 

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Cherax sp. "Zebra", another Yabby crayfish. Interzoo 2010


Macrobrachium rosenbergii, the Giant Blue "Lobster" or Prawn. An opportunistic eater of most all living things it can get its claws on. 

Some unknowns:
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Crayfish Basics by Justin Pierce, Forget Crawfish Pie, Let's Make a Crawfish Tank! By Gage Harford & FAQs on: Crayfish 1, Crayfish 2, & FAQs on: Crayfish ID, Crayfish Behavior, Crayfish Compatibility, Crayfish Selection, Crayfish Systems, Crayfish Feeding, Crayfish Disease, Crayfish Reproduction,

     Freshwater & Terrestrial Crabs, & FAQs on: Freshwater Crabs 1, Freshwater Crabs 2, & FAQs on: FW Crab Identification, FW Crab Behavior, FW Crab Compatibility, FW Crab Selection, FW Crab Systems, FW Crab Feeding, FW Crab Disease, FW Crab Reproduction,

          Freshwater to Brackish Crabs by Bob Fenner & FAQs on: Fresh to Brackish Water Crabs

     Terrestrial Hermit Crabs & FAQs on: Terrestrial Hermit Crabs 1, Terrestrial Hermit Crabs 2, & FAQs on Terrestrial Hermits: Terr. Hermit ID, Terr. Hermit Behavior, Terr. Hermit Compatibility, Terr. Hermit Selection, Terr. Hermit Systems, Terr. Hermit Feeding, Terr. Hermit Disease, Terr. Hermit Reproduction. & FAQs on Marine/SW: SW Hermit ID, SW Hermit Behavior, SW Hermit Compatibility, SW Hermit Selection, SW Hermit Systems, SW Hermit Feeding, SW Hermit Disease/HealthSW Hermit Reproduction,

Small Freshwater Crustaceans Groups, by Genus: Triops, the Amphipods Which Are Gammarus (Scuds), Cyclops, Branchiopods: Clam Shrimp (Ostracods), Daphnia (Water Fleas), Fairy Shrimp, Branchinecta

Bibliography/Further Reading:

http://www.wirbellose.de/arten.html

http://www.shrimpcrabsandcrayfish.co.uk/

http://www.aquaticlounge.aquariumplants.cx/shrimp.html

Cochran, Gary. 1989. Louisiana lobster. FAMA 12/89.

Dow, Steven. 1982. Breeding Crayfish in the home. TFH 1/82.

Grazulis, Vic. 1995. Freshwater Invertebrates: The Blue Marron. TFH 5/95.

Hovanec, Timothy. 1991. Am I blue? Lobsters in the tank (Macrobrachium). Pet Dealer Magazine 10/91.

Richter, Hans Joachim. 1982. A freshwater shrimp, Macrobrachium niponensis. TFH 6/82.

Spotts, Daniel. 1981. Introducing Macrobrachium rosenbergii. FAMA 7/81. 

Stavinchuck, Justin. 1986. Giant Blue Lobsters. An introduction of a freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii, to the aquarium trade. FAMA 12/86.

Taborsky, Petr. 1982. The White Prince. TFH 8/82.

Volkart, Bill. 1989. Live Foods: Craving crawdads? FAMA 5/89.

Watson, Thomas T. 1976. Crayfish in captivity. TFH 4/76.

Watson, Thomas T. 1980. Ghost Shrimp. TFH 5/80.


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