Why did I choose the Fan Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)?
I am not a big fan of shrimp in an aquarium to understand all the intricacies of breeds and colors. Once we were presented with several outbred reds, most likely (cherry shrimp). For six months they bred in several aquariums so that I even set a trap for them to transplant (link at the end of the post). I like to watch them, but for me they are a bit small, so it's hard to see and photograph them. And you need to resort to the help of magnifying glasses or macro lenses. But one day, a filter shrimp caught my eye in a store “Atyopsis moluccensis" Everything, it was love at first sight! And although the price for them is not very small, he could not resist and acquired a couple. They are quite large compared to the usual ones (this is clearly visible on my video). And the way they eat is generally something unrealistic. They are located on the course, open special “fans”, through which water with particles of food is passed and then sent to their mouths. Pure natural magic! No wonder in English it is called “Fan shrimp”, Which literally means“ shrimp-fan ”. Indeed, the front legs look like turbines of a space plane!
The process of the Fan Shrimp feeding on my video:
Fan Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis): habitat in nature.
Shrimp Filters “Atyopsis moluccensis”Come from Southeast Asia, and have a number of other names. Among them: bamboo shrimp, wooden, banana, forest, shrimp fan (Fan shrimp), Singapore shrimp.
They live in small rivers and streams, because a necessary condition for their survival is the presence of a current in a reservoir. We can say that the “flow of water” and “shrimp-filter” are inseparable concepts, and all the life processes of these shrimps are tied to it. First, as already stated above, this is the process of nutrition. And secondly, for their successful reproduction, the course is also very important. The fact is that shrimps live and breed in fresh water, but their larvae are then taken to the salty waters of the seas, where they turn into adult individuals and then return to their habitats. Therefore, the process of breeding in domestic aquariums is quite complicated, and most often in the stores come across wild specimens.
Although, with modern technology and sea water at home is no longer a problem. Therefore, you can safely try to breed them.
Fan Shrimp "Atyopsis moluccensis": Keeping in home aquarium.
As in the wild, the main condition for the content of these shrimps will be the presence of a fairly strong current. I have an ideal filter for this. Aquael ASAP It can be installed even in a terrarium with a low water level and make a waterfall, even at the bottom of the aquarium and get a direction directed in any direction (You can read about this filter and watch the video at the link below).
It is also desirable the presence in the aquarium of various shelters in the form of snags and coconut shells. There, shrimp can calmly wait out the process of molting. Indeed, at that moment they are deprived of their armor and completely defenseless. It is also very convenient to sit on snags and catch food in a stream of water.
With regard to water parameters, including temperature, this type of shrimp, in principle, is not very picky about them, and will feel great in any tropical aquarium. The only thing you need to monitor the level of ammonia, nitrite and nitrates in the water. At elevated levels of which, shrimp react very badly.
Fan Shrimp. Food features!
The main difference between the filter from other species is their style of nutrition. As their name implies, they feed by passing water through special plates on their paws, filtering out the smallest particles of food and inorganic substances. Therefore, they need water flow and the presence of suspended particles in it. Water, of course, should not be muddy, but it should not be crystal clear either. The shrimps will eat pieces of dry fish and shrimp feed, frozen cyclops, daphnia and finely chopped bloodworms. I think live artemia will be eaten with great pleasure. It is advisable to feed the feed directly into the water flow from the filter, so that it “flies” through the whole aquarium in the water column.
True, there are also special balanced feed, specifically for shrimp filter feeders. for example Dennerle Shrimp king Atyopsis. I ordered one, but until it was delivered, I feed my own with food for fish fry “Sera Micron. ” It contains many useful substances, including spirulina (Spirulina) and he swims perfectly.
Already Delivered Food:
In general, due to its size and feeding method, it is very interesting to watch these shrimps. But there is another plus. The fact is that these shrimps are real chameleons and can change their color after each molt. From brown, red to greenish and pale yellow. And the exact relationship between the conditions of detention and the color of the body, while not exactly identified. Watch and try to dilute. And on the video below you can compare the size, compared to ordinary shrimps and enjoy the process of their food!
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