Is this black spotted shrimp a Ghost or something else?

KrissyBunnie

I bought four of these as ghost shrimp, but I've never seen ones with these type of markings before. Is this a ghost shrimp?

Sorry for the poor quality picture.
 

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PAcanis

Wow. I would much rather have four of those than the ghost shrimp I see at the LFS.
Very pretty.
 

StarGirl

Its probably a cherry shrimp cull. I may be wrong though, still learning the shrimps.
 

ProudPapa

Its probably a cherry shrimp cull. I may be wrong though, still learning the shrimps.

I agree. How big is it?
 

KrissyBunnie

I agree. How big is it?
Three are about 3/4 of an inch, while the 4th is a bit smaller
Here's another picture
 

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ProudPapa

Three are about 3/4 of an inch, while the 4th is a bit smaller
Here's another picture

Yup. I'm about 99% sure those are low grade cherry shrimp and not ghost shrimp.
 

KrissyBunnie

Here's another picture
Yup. I'm about 99% sure those are low grade cherry shrimp and not ghost shrimp.
$1.40 USD for 4 of them is a good deal though huh? Lol
 

ProudPapa

Here's another picture

$1.40 USD for 4 of them is a good deal though huh? Lol

Yes, that's a good deal.
 

Akeath

That looks more like a Tiger Shrimp to me rather than a Cherry Shrimp. Tiger Shrimp's scientific name is Caridina cantonensis var. tiger. Yours is the natural coloring, but they've also been bred to have red or blue stripes. Cherries are in the Neocaridina genus, so they are a distant relative. Tiger Shrimp do have similarities with Cherries, though. Both are peaceful, small shrimp that won't harass tank mates and breed easily in the aquarium. You'll likely have them reproducing without any effort on your part, but their bioloads are so low that is unlikely to be an isue. Tiger Shrimp aren't quite as hardy as Cherry or Ghost Shrimp are. They may prefer the water a bit softer and more acidic than Ghost or Cherry Shrimp would need. You might have better luck with them if you add in some peat, indian almond leaves, or a substrate like ADA Amazonia to acidify the water some, but it isn't absolutely required. The genus Caridina as a group has more fragile shrimp in it, but Tiger Shrimp are one of the hardiest shrimp within that genus, and are often suggested as the first shrimp to try in the Caridina genus before attempting some of their more expensive and fragile cousins. Tiger Shrimp also won't crossbreed with Neocaridina Shrimp, so if you ever decide to add in Cherries they won't produce ugly hybrids with Tigers and so you'll be able to keep both shrimp populations without losing out on the color and pattern of each line.
 

richiep

I agree with Akeath they are cross tangerine, Caradina
You can see similarities in patterns of early crosses I've got
 

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KrissyBunnie

I agree with Akeath they are cross tangerine, Caradina
You can see similarities in patterns of early crosses I've got
Are they going to get more color over time? At first I thought they might just be ghost shrimp that changed black to match the substrate in the tank they used to be in. I've heard that can happen?
But these markings are clearly permanent.
 

richiep

Have you got pictures of the other shrimp in the tank
 

KrissyBunnie

Have you got pictures of the other shrimp in the tank
These were the best pictures I could get. I don't really know how to take aquarium pictures because if you get the lens too close, the glass warps the picture. And if I get too far away it's blurry. Maybe I need to watch some videos on how to get better pics lol.
 

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richiep

They are all wild type tigers, just like wild type cherries, you'll just have to wait and see what pops up if they breed
 

KrissyBunnie

They are all wild type tigers, just like wild type cherries, you'll just have to wait and see what pops up if they breed
Thank you! :)
 

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