Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Bee Anomaly Lives!

Several years ago I came across a photo of a half-red/half-black Bee shrimp that was shown during a presentation at an aquatic club in the US.  Discussions on forums ensued, with many believing that the photo was altered by matching two different shrimp to show the evolution from the black pigment to red.  However, the presenter was a reputable aquarist, who also made the statement that if pressured, nature will find a way for a Neocaridina-Caridina cross-breed.  The authenticity of the shrimp and photo remained in debate when I last followed the discussion.

I recently came across another half-red/half-black Bee shrimp - a TiBee from shrimpkeeper Vandenabeele David from France.  He was kind enough to give me permission to share his photos on ebiGarden.  Check out the ultra rare shrimp below, and thanks to Vandenabeele David!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cryptocoryne nurii var "Pahang Mutated" Flower

Spotted this blooming flower on a Cryptocoryne nurii var "Pahang Mutated" in my Crystal Black Shrimp tank. There is actually another stem reaching for the surface. This is the first time this plant has flowered for me!


Monday, August 12, 2013

Caridina cantonensis Family Tree, Version 2

Version 2 of Hillary Esdaile's excellent work depicting the variations within Caridina cantonensis.  See her other work at rah-bop.

Click on the image to enlarge.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

River Wild - AMAZONAS July/August 2013

Two familiar names in the July/August edition of AMAZONAS : Devin Biggs of Riparium Supply and Nick Xyong of Speedie Aquatics.  I first met Devin in Madison at the local aquatic gardeners club.  He is an expert with riparium aquatic systems and once had a beautiful setup on the UW-Madison campus.  I've tried a riparium setup before, but unfortunately kept it with turtles who found the plants to be extra delicious.  Nick was (he recently announced he will depart from shrimp importing) a driving force in the shrimp hobby, bringing in quality shrimp from overseas for US shrimpkeepers.  I've received stock from him in the past, as well as expert advice on planted aquariums.

The article, written by Devin, showcases Nick's ADA 120-P planted riparium, a beautiful aquascape that you can see more pictures of on his website.  Check out the latest edition of AMAZONAS for the full article.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Gigi's Wonderfood

Supplementing the biofilm that shrimp feed on in aquariums with "shrimp food" is a common practice in the hobby.  You can find many commercial products in powder and pellet/solid form.  Homemade foods are common too; however, it is important to use organic and chemical-free ingredients to avoid harm to your shrimp.  Gigi Gungadee's Wonderfood is a blend of organic veggies for aquatic critters that brings the feel of homemade food to the market.  She was kind enough to send me a packet to try.

Ingredients: organic peas, organic green beans, organic kale, organic carrots,
organic alfalfa leaf, organic spirulina algae, organic stinging nettles
The food definitely looks and smells like veggies.  It comes in flat pieces that can easily be broken to fit your feeding needs.  One thing I was curious about was the density of the food and time it took to sink.  Smaller pieces tend to float a bit longer, but will eventually sink after absorbing water.  My shrimp swarmed the food right away, a good sign since sometimes shrimp are finicky about new food.  The food seems to break apart as the shrimp feed on it too, which I like as it allows the smaller shrimp to grab a piece and not have to fight with the bigger ones to eat.

I have not had any issues with the food and have tried it with my Plecos and CPOs as well; all received the food well.  While I have made my own food in the past, it required boiling and freezing that may affect the nutritional value of the food long term.  Gigi's Wonderfood is a good option for the added ingredients and for those times when you're short on time to make your own food.  Check out Gigi's website http://www.natureinvincible.com/ for her Wonderfood and other products, including shrimp shirts!

Crystal Black Shrimp feeding on Gigi's Wonderfood

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Caridina cantonensis Family Tree

Hillary Esdaile has put together a nice chart depicting the variations of Caridina cantonensis.  She was kind enough to give permission for me to share this work.  Check out her other amazing work at rah-bop.

Click on the image to enlarge.