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Macrobrachium australiense Bubs at last

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Paul Minett

Been keeping these very cool natives for a while now. finally got the first batch of surviving bubs. very happy to find some running around the tank. They are a very interesting shrimp to keep and observe.

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Disciple

Awesome great work Paul

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inverted

Nice Paul, what are you feeding them on? Im considering acquiring a few.

 

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Paul Minett

mostly the same stuff as the rest of the shrimp peas snowflake wafers zucchini occasionally dried anchovy and they snack on the reject cherry in the tank they seem to especially love parataya when the girls were sub adults they demolished about 100 in a few days so they will basically eat almost anything and lots of it.

 

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Grubs

They also seek and destroy pond snails.  Very handy.  Well done with the babies Paul.

 I had a couple of these in a 30cm cube on my desk for a while but the tank was too small and they would play "I'm gunna rip your arms off" until one day they took a leap of faith to the floor and dried up on the window sill (their faith was unfounded).

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Paul Minett

poor guys surprisingly I have 6 adults in a 2ft and no ripped off arms ever which given most accounts is very surprising. they are an awesome native to keep and given their size a lot easier too see things like them berry etc most things seem to be food for them they are true omnivores and will take advantage of any snacks.

 

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fishmosy

I wonder if it has something to do with the age/sex/social structure of the shrimp. When I go spotlighting, I see them in thick densities but it is always one dominant male in a square metre or two, surrounded by ever increasing numbers of smaller shrimp (subdominant males and females). For example, one dominant male, a couple of subdominant males, half dozen adult females, 20 or so juveniles or sub adults. Whenever a dominant male moves into another's territory, the dominant male sees him off with his arms with generally no harm done. I wonder whether the shrimp in aquaria fight it out because they are trying to be alpha dominant. 

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NoGi

No not something I should put with sulas then lol

 

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Paul Minett
On ‎19‎/‎02‎/‎2016 at 5:50 PM, fishmosy said:

I wonder if it has something to do with the age/sex/social structure of the shrimp. When I go spotlighting, I see them in thick densities but it is always one dominant male in a square metre or two, surrounded by ever increasing numbers of smaller shrimp (subdominant males and females). For example, one dominant male, a couple of subdominant males, half dozen adult females, 20 or so juveniles or sub adults. Whenever a dominant male moves into another's territory, the dominant male sees him off with his arms with generally no harm done. I wonder whether the shrimp in aquaria fight it out because they are trying to be alpha dominant. 

quite possibly the females seem fine together but more than one male results in fighting and if they cant get away to the death in the end. the females wont share territory they all have their own patch in the tank and move away if another enters even when feeding.

 

9 hours ago, NoGi said:

No not something I should put with sulas then lol

 

would not recommend it lol they would like the bright coloured candy snacks.

 

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Wilzee83

Great work @Paul Minett!! keep the photos flowing!

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