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Harlequin Shrimp/Systems 1/30/09 Hi crew. <Hello Kai> I have a quick question. My LFS have 3 pairs of Harlequin Shrimp for quite some time now, <That should ring a bell.> and I have been wanting to keep them for the longest time. I have done plenty of research, and I know that they mainly only consume live starfish and the like. Just some questions before I attempt this species. How long do they live? <Not sure, Bob may know.><<Ave. about 4 years... RMF>> The ones at my LFS are around 1.5-2" and I heard that they grow to a maximum of about 2". I am guessing the ones at my LFS are about maxed out in terms of size. Will they die of natural causes anytime soon? <I have no idea.> I would not want to buy them only to see them die in a few months. Secondly, I have a Blue Linckia Starfish in my tank for about a month now, and I occasionally see it come out at night. During the day, it remains hidden. Will the Harlequin Shrimps seek it out and consume it? Even though it is so well hidden? <Very likely, difficult to hide from predators. Keeping these shrimp can get expensive as they will not accept prepared foods. Best kept in a system to themselves. Do read FAQ's here. http://www.wetwebmedia.com/harlshrpfaqs.htm> Thank you for your help. <You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)> Regards - Kai
Re: Harlequin Shrimp/Systems 1/31/09
Hi James, <Hello Kai> thank you for the prompt reply. <You're welcome.> I bought them anyways....could not resist, and my LFS told me they could live for 3-5 years? I am not sure about that. <Bob states 4 so he is close.> They found a cute little den under my mushroom rock and are so cute.... especially when they wave their paddle like feet. <Yes, are rather interesting to look at.> My tank have rather peaceful inhabitants, so I am guessing it would be safe for them. Also, the tank is heavily rockscaped with plenty of holes and overhangs...it should keep them comfortable :) So far they have not found my Linckia star yet... however I am sure it will not take long :) <Why do you want to put the Linckia Star at risk? Much cheaper food than that in the form of starfish. I'd locate some Asterina Starfish, very prolific reproducers and inexpensive.> Am very happy to finally purchase this pair, and at quite a reasonable price...at $25/ shrimp... in Singapore dollars....US should be about 1.2x now if I am not mistaken. Just discovered that one of them is carrying a clutch of jet black eggs. Coral food in the making :) Appreciate the help that you guys have given me all this time, and I am absolutely grateful. If I could just hug you all or buy you a gift I would! :) <We do appreciate donations to help fund our cause. I like hugs too.> Take care, and happy new year. Warmest regards- Kai <Thank you Kai. James (Salty Dog)>

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