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Shrimps

Neocaridina sp.General:

A lot of shrimps are imported from various locations nowadays. This started around 1989, when the Japanese aquarists started to keep shrimp in their tanks, and when those tanks became fashionable. Besides the well known Caridina japonica a few other shrimp from the Neocaridina genus were imported as well, mostly from Hongkong. Somehow all of these other shrimp were labelled Caridina serrata, but although still mostly known by that name, a large number of Neocaridina species are nowadays frequently available. The easiest way to distinguish a Caridina species from a Neocaridina species is by the number and size of the eggs. Caridina produce tiny eggs in large numbers(Like C. japonica), while Neocaridina produce larger eggs, in smaller numbers.

 

Caridina:

Caridina species are easy to keep, and in general do well in aquariums. Besides C. japonica ocasionally Caridina serrarostris serrarostris and Caridina serrarostris celebensis are available. Other species are Caridina weberi, Caridina leucosticta, and Caridina sakishimenis.

Neocaridina:

Most of the bee shrimp are Neocaridina. And most of them are either not yet described, or cannot be determined exactly. This is why most Neocaridina are known as sp. with a vague name added. To name a few Neocaridina sp Tigershrimp, neocaridina sp 'Bee shrimp', Neocaridina sp New Bee Shrimp Type II, Neocaridina sp Zebra and many others. A breeding form is known as Neocaridina sp "Crystal red"
Some of the bee shrimp that are available are known and have been officially described, like Neocaridina denticulata, Neocaridina isigakiensis. Whether all of the Neocaridina sp. are different species, or if they are all the same, very variable, species, has yet to be determined.

 

Neocaridina sp.

 

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