Combining these shrimp in same tank?

baggy007

hI guys

my lfs has recently started to get a few different kinds of shrimp

red,yellow,green neo`s
bee shrimp
tiger shrimp

my water isn't ideal for the bee shrimp, 7.2ph but ive read they can adapt if acclimated properly but they probably won't breed in that range which is no biggie for me so ive ordered 2 just to try them out

the tigers from what ive read are the next step up so to speak from rcs ( similar water perams) and with them being different species they won't interbreed

so my question is could I house, rcs,tiger and bee shrimp together? assuming the bee adapt to my water

thanks for your time
 

Tonia

I don't see why not, if they won't interbreed and you don't have one type of shrimp that is much more aggressive or dominant, I would think they should be ok.
 

smee82

shrimp can be kept together with other kinds of shrimp but bee and tiger shrimp are the same species and will interbreed.
 

aylad

The key seems to be knowing the scientific name of the shrimp.

Shrimp from the genus Neocaridina and the genus Caridina can be kept together. You never want multiple types of shrimp from either genus (don't mix different types of Neocaridina, for example).

There are a couple other types of freshwater shrimp that are pretty common, and they can be mixed in with either genus I named above, but the widest variety comes from Neocaridina and Caridina, so that's where you need to be careful.
 

fishynoob

Can I ask a maybe silly question.... What would be the problem in having multiple types from one genus and letting them interbreed? Is there an actual issue with this?
 

JoshM

You could try mixing them. Some species will more dominant than the other. Be sure to add some hiding spots.
 

baggy007

thanks guys

yeah wasn't quite sure about the bee and tigers interbreeding but now I know they could I will research this

fishynoob, if you mix both types of neo`s, say red cherry with another color the offspring will be a brown color

just to throw another question out there, I also have a amanno shrimp and I know their offspring need brackish to survive but would they interbreed with the bee/tiger if yes would the babies survive? will also research this

yep there are loads of hiding spots
 

fishynoob

Ahh cool. Thank you. I don't think I would mind that maybe that would make them less freakish to me! Maybe it would make them seem more freakish... *shudders* I have a thing for the ugly ducklings though!
 

aylad

Amanos are one of those "other types" I mentioned. I don't think they'll interbreed with anything else commonly found in fish stores.
 

LyndaB

Can I ask a maybe silly question.... What would be the problem in having multiple types from one genus and letting them interbreed? Is there an actual issue with this?

You'd end up with mongrels. Personally, I wouldn't have an issue with doing this myself, however, it would mean that I could never share my shrimp with another fishkeeper, as they'd be looking for a pure strain.
 

baggy007

great thanks aylad

ive had a quick search and have found there to be different color tigers too don't know what color the lfs have though

might forgo the bee`s as my water is borderline and go for rcs, amano (already have these) and tigers

should I have no mixing issues with this choice?

found this, maybe helpful for someone also thinking of mixing shrimp
 

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