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If you ever thought our Aussie native shrimp where dull or boring...... well I have a treat and surprise for you

These are a mix of Chameleon Shrimp, Darwin Red Nose Shrimp, Darwin Algae Shrimp, Blackmore River Shrimp and possibly the odd Confusa thrown in.

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Thanks, and as you can see by the pictures most (if not all the mature females) are berried too.

They really are some stunning shrimp.

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Couldn't resist in adding some more pictures of the beauties, the hardest part is selecting which pictures out of the hundreds taken are good enough to upload.

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What is nice to see is that even non-berried shrimp will be carrying interesting patterns.

The annoying thing is having to wait for the different types to emerge out of the depths of the plants and log for photos, before the snails manage to swarm over the food.

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