How to tell the sex of a young bamboo shrimp

Timmy1027

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I am fansiciated by this filter feeder shrimp and I am very interested in breeding them in house, although it is reported to be near impossible. But I already set up a breeding tank for Amano shrimps, so why not give it a try?

My LFS rarely sells this shrimp, but whenever I see one, it seems always to be a female. Is this shrimp female population biased or what? I already have two adult females, so I asked my LFS to get some new bamboo shrimps for me. Today I receive two juveniles, less than 2 inches. Their legs are almost equal in thickness. Information online is very limited for this particular species, especially for their juveniles. Is there any other feature by which I can tell the sex? I really hope at least one of them is a male.

Pictures are not available now, but I can update when they are comfortable in the new environment and not hiding.

Thanks.
 

richiep

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Heres a link you may or may not have seen, the fact you have different size shrimp id try the leg difference for sexing
 
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Timmy1027

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richiep said:
Heres a link you may or may not have seen, the fact you have different size shrimp id try the leg difference for sexing
Thank you for your reply.
Yes, I have seen this. The problem is the two juveniles have almost identical legs. They are still hiding inside the plant, so I cannot have a clear comparison. The difference, if there is any, I noticed is the abdomen shell shape. One seems curved upwards, the other is curved downwards. My best guess is that the one curved upwards is a male. But I am not sure about it.
 

richiep

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I remember reading something about sexing similar to neo shrimp on the shape of the body
 
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Timmy1027

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richiep said:
I remember reading something about sexing similar to neo shrimp on the shape of the body
I went to LFS to buy live sand today and I found a bag of newly arrived bamboo shrimp. Out of 6, I identified an adult male. Problem solved. Cheers!
 
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