10 Gallon Tank Petco mystery shrimp ID

saintanna

hello guys,
I bought a few shrimp from Petco yesterday and didn't realize that they might not be what they were advertised as until I got home. I couldn't get any sleep until reading every last forum page I could find. According to the pet store, I got 5 or so cherry shrimp, 2 orange bee shrimp, and 5 or so amano. I separated the orange and red ones into one 10 gallon and the "amanos" into my other 10 gallon. After a little research, I'm fairly certain that I didn't get any amanos at all. They were all priced about the same near $4.50. I'm sure the cherries are cherries, but none of the "amanos" look the same let alone look like the photos I've seen of amanos.

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They all are a bit different colors. Some mostly brown, some kinda orange, some with hints of blue. One of them was berried when I let it into the tank last night. I can't seem to find that one anywhere. Not sure if it escaped, was eaten, or maybe dropped the eggs (do they even do that? or do they hatch off? I'm new to shrimp lol)? From what I remember, the eggs looked more like cherry shrimp eggs than amano (medium sized, orange, clustered, round). Amano fry wouldn't even survive in my tank from what I understand anyway. Some of the smaller ones I would guess to be wild variations of cherries. I think the mostly brown one is the largest. All of the shrimp in the pet store were in the same tank.

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This one was advertised as an orange bee shrimp, after looking around, I think the consensus is that they are orange/yellow variations of cherry shrimp. Not quite sure though.

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These are a couple of the cherry shrimp for comparison.

This is my first post and I'm excited to learn tons more about this stuff!! Thank you to anyone who has any input.
 

jpaquatics

All of your assumptions are correct. The “amanos” are actually wild type neocaridina shrimp, and the orange are also Neocaridina (“cherry”) shrimp, just the orange variant.
 
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saintanna

All of your assumptions are correct. The “amanos” are actually wild type neocaridina shrimp, and the orange are also Neocaridina (“cherry”) shrimp, just the orange variant.
ooookay thank you!! It was driving me crazy trying to figure it out
 
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barbiespoodle

Glad I read this post more carefully. At first I was going to say that the plain ones were amano's and that they are not a form of cherry shrimp. But looking closer at the pics and pulling out the magnify glass to look even closer (old lady eyes here) , I think you have been already been given good advice.

You have a variety of cherry, neo cardina, colors. Having them all in the same tank and interbreeding will result in a wide variety of future babies. I have what I call the cull shrimp tank and I never know what I'm going to find in that tank. Kind of makes it my favorite shrimp tank, I love the surprise factor.
 
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RMtanks

Agreed with all the answers above that they look like wild type neocardina, I'm just here to mention how cute your cories are :-D
 
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