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    My Own Sulawesi Shrimp Experience
    Living in England, and particularly the North-West of England, it can be a quest to find Sulawesi shrimp for sale. My first encounter with Sulawesi shrimp was about two and a half years ago, when I found a pair of Red Goldflake shrimp (Yellow Cheek morph) [Caridina spinata] at an aquatic superstore.





    I managed to keep these shrimp alive for just under a year; when I rescaped their aquarium and unfortunately killed them. After this first encounter I was captivated by them. I subsequently researched the different species from Sulawesi and decided I would need to try these shrimp.

    It took me three years of asking countless pet shop owners to import them, and given false promises. I finally managed to persuade somebody to import them. They imported:
    • Red Line shrimp [Caridina striata]
    • Red Blossom shrimp (Gold Stripe morph) [Caridina cf spinata]
    • Cardinal shrimp [Caridina dennerli]
    • Harlequin shrimp [Caridina woltereckae]
    • Red Orchid shrimp [Caridina glaubrechti]
    • Blue Dot Red Line shrimp [Caridina sp]

    Here are photos at the aquatics shop.











    On my first visit, I purchased 4 Red Lines, 4 Red Blossoms, 4 Cardinals, 4 Red Orchids and 3 Orange Tylomelania snails. I acclimatised them by placing them in their bag water into a glass jar and dripping tank water into the jar using piping and a valve.






    Through this process, only one shrimp (Red Line) died. This shrimp was already weak and unwell, as it had eggs and had horizontal lines across the segments of its body.

    Here are the pictures of my aquarium and the first shrimp settling in!


















    I am returning to the shop today to get more. I'm a little wary of the Harlequins, and my only attraction to the Blue Dot Red Lines is the fact they're quite rare. I must say that the Harlequins are probably the most beautiful creature I've seen, and that photos simply don't do them justice.

    Update:

    Red Orchids and Spinatas exhibit blue colouration when stressed, and return to a more usual colour quickly. This blue colouration may be retained in the 'tail' of Spinatas for a few hours, however.
    Red Orchids all changed to a deep brown (shown in the last image) within the first two hours, and then this transformed to a lighter red-brown shown in other photos within four hours.
    Red Lines seem to hide almost constantly.
    Cardinals are 'adventurous' yet cautious, staying close to cover at all times.
    Red Orchids settled in the most quickly and successfully.

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    Thanks for all the nice pictures. There are so many pictures, and some didn't manage to load.

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    I was trying to look out for an image of your blue dot red line shrimps. Didn't seem to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trelch View Post
    I was trying to look out for an image of your blue dot red line shrimps. Didn't seem to see it.
    Thanks for your replies.

    Yes I'm sorting out the photographs now, they should all be viewable within the hour!

    I haven't actually bought any Blue Dot Red Lines, and they were too difficult to photograph in the shop. If you're interested I could maybe buy some next weekend, but it'd cost 38 for 4, which is a lot!

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    Update:
    Today purchased 4 Cardinals, 3 Harlequins and 2 Spinatas.

    2 dead Red Lines overall, apparently.
    1 dead Spinata overall, apparently.
    2 lethargic Spinatas.

    Red Lines keen on hiding, rarely seen.
    Cardinals aren't so shy, but prefer to stay within close proximity of the moss.
    Red Orchids are relatively confident, wandering over the moss and rocks.
    Spinatas behave similarly to Cardinals confidence-wise.
    Although very recently added to the aquarium, Harlequins can frequently be seen sat on rocks, appearing active.

    All shrimp exhibiting good colouration; no blue present.

    Cardinals are extremely sensitive to my movement.
    Harlequins are the same.
    Spinatas less so.
    Red Orchids are not concerned by movement.

    Orange Tylos are very sensitive to shifts in light intensity, jerkingly retreating into their shell when such a change occurs.

    This is my second Sulawesi aquarium. It's unusual in that it has a lot of plants. I am wary of adding Tylomelania species incase they ravage all the softscape! I have added my orange Tylos, so fingers crossed. My 4 new Cardinals live in here.


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    how can you get so much algae in the tank for your upadate aquarium?
    all the floor is algae...

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    and how is your red goldflake doing?
    are they easy to house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by killer007 View Post
    and how is your red goldflake doing?
    are they easy to house?
    The aquarium is carpeted with Marimo/Cladophora balls [Aegagropila linnaei] that have been torn open and flattened.

    The spinatas are very delicate so far, to my surprise. The yellow cheek morphs I first kept were hardy in comparison. I have 3 spinatas left I think. When choosing them, always go out of your way to AVOID berried pieces, they are far too delicate. I will buy some more next weekend when more of the weaker pieces have died off in the aquatic shop.

    The least delicate appear to be the Cardinals and Red Orchids.
    The Red Lines were out this morning, it makes me think perhaps either they're more nocturnal or simply sensitive to light.
    Red Blossoms seem to lack vitality and just allow themselves to die...
    Found one dead Harlequin, and seen one alive Harlequin.

    It's unpleasant finding so many dead shrimp all the time, but I suppose it's given when keeping Sulawesis.

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    Update:

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpio View Post
    2 dead Red Lines overall, apparently.
    1 dead Spinata overall, apparently.
    2 lethargic Spinatas.
    1 dead Red Line overall, apparently. (Correction!)
    2 dead Spinatas overall, apparently. (Assumed from above)
    1 dead Harlequin overall.
    1 dead Red Orchid overall.

    5/25 shrimp have died. Not a terrible initial loss.

    Observed 2 berried Spinatas and a berried Cardinal!

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpio View Post
    Red Lines keen on hiding, rarely seen.
    Cardinals aren't so shy, but prefer to stay within close proximity of the moss.
    Red Orchids are relatively confident, wandering over the moss and rocks.
    Spinatas behave similarly to Cardinals confidence-wise.
    Although very recently added to the aquarium, Harlequins can frequently be seen sat on rocks, appearing active.
    Red Lines now often seen out in the open, being active.
    Red Orchids even more confident.
    Harlequins confident but sensitive to movement, retreating down the rock.
    Cardinals and Spinatas hide under the moss for the majority of the time.

    Cardinals sometimes seen hiding in the second Sulawesi tank.

    Additional Information:
    At the aquatics shop, the Harlequin shrimp was the species to sustain the most losses in transport. The Cardinals also sustained heavy losses. The Red Lines, although they sustained very few losses in transport, continue to die in the aquarium.

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    Update:

    Having great trouble with the Red Blossoms [Caridina cf spinata], they all seem very lethargic and one is currently flicking around the tank. A trend is a split/gap in the exoskeleton between the carapace and abdomen. I have observed this in cherry shrimp before, I personally believe it to be a defect caused by either age or stress.

    I do have one berried Red Blossom; fingers crossed!

    The Red Orchids have also changed colour - they are now dark brown again like the last photo in my first post. I have no suggestions for their synchronised colour changes, but it does concern me.

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