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Author Topic: blue shrimp?  (Read 3199 times)
« on: May 17, 2008, 04:12:16 PM »

hey there,
so i saw at my LFS the other day what they called a "blue shrimp". it was about 3 inches long and i have looked for info online but for the most part been unsuccessful. just wondering what some care requirements are and if the blue is harmful to it.
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2008, 04:28:16 PM »

are you sure it wasn't a blue lobster?  those i've seen before.
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2008, 04:52:27 PM »

as far as i know there are no *true* blue shrimp in the hobby (i got this from another forum, ), they are fed dyed foods and return to clear/ natural coloration after a while in the hobbyist tank

especially the fact that its 3" i would think its a blue lobster/crayfish instead

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2008, 05:20:35 PM »

I have heard that the blue crayfish are easy to take care of but are escape artists and any openings in the top must be covered.  They will also catch and eat fish any chance they get.  I want to get one as soon as I get a 10ga tank cycled.
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2008, 06:39:46 PM »

you all are right, it was a blue lobstar.
as far as tank mates, feeding, tank requirements, what am i looking at?
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2008, 07:04:11 PM »

Best with no tankmates, no live plants other than floating, gravel plus stones under/around which it can dig. I use 15s, some keep them in 10s.  Absolutely escape-proof, as Digger mentioned.  Easy to feed - they are open-minded about food.   I use feeding dishes (he smallest terra cotta pot saucers) as the are a tad messy eaters.  Both high-protein meaty foods and veggies (fresh or prepared) are good.

If you do not have at least moderately hard and alkaline water - say GH and KH >6 degrees, you may need to supplement minerals.

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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2008, 09:30:06 AM »

i loved mine it was really neat...make sure you give it cover though...or a couple of rocks mine borrowed under my rocks,.  happy

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