Please Help Me Identify This Mystery Shrimp!

Cyclsnipas
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20180905_174651.jpg This little shrimp appeared in my planted 65 out of nowhere! I have a bunch of Amano's and 1 Bamboo and this one looks nothing like any of them! I have no idea where it could have come from either. It is around 1 1/4", a pearlescent, rusty, chocolate brown with a orange/gold stripe down its back. Its unlike any shrimp I've seen before.

Please help my mind is officially blown! Thanks!
 

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Zentuckyfriedchicken
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Maybe some sort of crayfish? Idk... Is your tank new? Any new plants?
 
richiep
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It is a shrimp and almost looks like a wild brown but to be honest I've never come across anything like it
 
Cyclsnipas
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  • #4
Maybe some sort of crayfish? Idk... Is your tank new? Any new plants?

Thanks for the reply. Def not a crayfish. Plants tons but nothing new. I was thinking it may have been a Shrimplet that came in on a plant at some point and finally decided to make its appearance.
 
richiep
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That would be the obvious thing to me he's hitched a ride on a plant looks like a female
 
Cyclsnipas
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That would be the obvious thing to me he's hitched a ride on a plant looks like a female

I was def thinking female from the low slung abdomen. Its very bizarre looking compared to my other shrimp. Seems healthy and thriving though!
 
richiep
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I don't think he'll do any harm 1/14" is quite big as well,you could always add a few cherries and see if it mates and what comes of them
 
goldface
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Neocaridina davidi, but I’m not sure; the side view photo throws me off.
 
Cyclsnipas
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I don't think he'll do any harm 1/14" is quite big as well,you could always add a few cherries and see if it mates and what comes of them

Irony is I had 6 Cherries in this tank around 2 years ago. They didn't last very long though. Don't know if it was poor genes or something else. If this one has lasted this long I may give Cherries another try. I wish I could get a positive I.D. on it though
 
richiep
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That would put him up there with the longest living red I think that may also account for the weird side view if it's very old
 
smee82
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Looks like a baby neo hitched a ride with some plants or the other shrimp
 
Cyclsnipas
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That would put him up there with the longest living red I think that may also account for the weird side view if it's very old

I highly doubt its a Cherry. The tank was completely torn down and redone in January of this year. Well after those Cherries passed.
 
richiep
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Good reason to buy some more cherries and experiment your tank looks nice and established
 
richiep
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The other thing is it's known that cherries on a dark substrate will go very dark red to brown now your substrate is black
 
Cyclsnipas
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The other thing is it's known that cherries on a dark substrate will go very dark red to brown now your substrate is black

Now that is interesting. I don't recall Cherries having a stripe though...maybe a wild variation???
 
Cyclsnipas
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  • #16
Nor a pearlescent sheen.
 
richiep
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I'm edging toward wild, yet the evidence is colour change
 
Cyclsnipas
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I'm edging toward wild, yet the evidence is colour change

I actually set up an 8.5 gallon which I was planning on using as a Shrimp tank. It currently houses 3 Nerite Snails and 1 juvenile Amano. Should I move this shrimp, (if I can actually catch it) into the 8.5? Or just leave it be?
 
richiep
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Ide leave him be he'll be ok where he is and they've all been together a while, if you do move him just drip him into the next tank, you sound as if you know what to do anyway
 
Cyclsnipas
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  • #20
Ide leave him be he'll be ok where he is and they've all been together a while, if you do move him just drip him into the next tank, you sound as if you know what to do anyway

Thank you for the complement. I have my moments lol. Yeah I'm going to leave it alone. Its clearly doing well, its been out and about pretty much taunting me since its discovery this afternoon lol. I'm going to look around at some lfs's, see if I can find some good sized Cherries, maybe get a colony going. Thanks again!
 
Cyclsnipas
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  • #21
I'm also interested to see if new cherries will go dark like you said.
 
richiep
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If your in the UK I can get cherries to you free my tanks are busting with shrimp
 
Cyclsnipas
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If your in the UK I can get cherries to you free my tanks are busting with shrimp[/QUOTE

Nope! Long Island NY... . But thanks for the offer. Very generous of you. I'll wait a couple of weeks. Maybe someone from my local Aquarium Society can help me out.
 
richiep
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Keep us posted on the little girl especially if she breeds
 
Cyclsnipas
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  • #25
Keep us posted on the little girl especially if she breeds

Will do! Thanks again!
 
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