Yesterday I went to a pet shop here in Calgary to look for 5 gallon aquariums for my newcomers from Stephen. well to my surprise I was checking out the regular aquatic plants at the store and there was this guy cleaning where they usually keep them. he was pulling out what he said it was bad weed lol Well the bad weed he was putting in the garbage was U. Gibba. I was like OMFG why are u dumping that plant out and he said it was not good. At the end I bough the soo call weed for 2$ LOL.
It is pretty beat up but for sure it will survive.
I thought it would be nice to share this experience with everyone.
Sometimes, if you go to a good local fish store, you may be able to find some rarer utrics for sale. Some species are great foreground plants for aquariums, making a grassy 'lawn' like appearance. Anybody go to a downtown Toronto pet store called Menagerie? So far, that is my favorite store because they get rare shrimp species that other stores don't. But the more cp related part is that the store owner is very nice, and he might take suggestions on purchasing a few aquarium suitable utrics. I might bring the subject up the next time I go to that store.
Menagerie is a great little pet shop. I used to go there about once a month when I lived down town and cant say I ever had a bad experience.
Sorry for going off topic but Z if you ever see any funky shrimp species at Menagerie let me know... I always am looking for more.
So far I have these 4 kinds I found locally (these are the common names) : African Giant Filter Shrimp (also sold as Vampire Shrimp) Red Cherry Shrimp Amano Shrimp ( Algae Eating Shrimp, Yamato Shrimp, Japonica ) Asian Filter Shrimp ( Bamboo Shrimp, Wood Shrimp, Fan Shrimp)
I'm glad there is another shrimp fan out there. I've also got a few of the vampires, bamboo, and amano shrimp (vampire shrimps are my favorite). I havn't brought myself to buying the smaller species yet since I have a chocolate gourami that is pretty aggressive.
I haven't been at Menagerie recently, but I'll be sure to tell you if I go again. The most interesting ones I saw were the Rhino shrimp, but that was in the summer.
Heres a picture of a Vampire Shrimp for those that don't know what I'm talking about.
I used to have some of the little ghost (?) shrimp but they all died. Do the shrimp eat plants or the smaller fish like neons? How hard are they to look after? If anybody sees any nice utrics around Toronto such as Menagerie let me know.
Lloyd: I used to have 3 ghost shrimps few years ago, there went very well, carefree, but know to regroup and attack weak fishes (ie in bad health or having difficulties).
I do have a filter shrimp (with fan-like 'claws') and a amano shrimp (always hidden in my U. gibba floating mat: i see it about once every month). They are also carefree, and dont have much problem with my others fishes (blue Gourami, 2 killies, 1 glass catfish).
Tom: I'll keep an eye out for some more shrimp, I haven't seen any nice ones at my usual aquarium store. The U. gibba is growing but I wouldn't say thriving. The algae is doing well though maybe because the container gets full sun (when in shines in Toronto, that is.). I put a bit of U. gibba in my aquarium yesterday and I'll keep an eye on it. The duckweed tends to overwhelm anything small & floating, though.
Lloyd they are really easy to take care of. I do not give them any special attention at all. Most just eat the fish food ,some are very good algae eaters and some steal the shrimp pellets I toss in for the bottom feeders. Also all the shrimp I keep have so far been harmless to the fish ( some of these I have had for over a year).
The vampire shrimp are a new addition they are similar to the filter shrimp just several times the size and less color full. When I looked them up I heard many a reference to them being the gentle giant.
If anyone wants to buy some. As of last weekend they currently have the vampires in two sizes at the Big Al's in Oakville ( Not the Mississauga location). The filter/bamboo shrimp they have at the Super-pet on Dundas near Winston Churchill. Amano (algae eating shrimp) can be found at both.
I have 3 Caridina cf. babaulti var. Malaya shrimps and I love them they are awesome. Also i have seen lots of those Vampire shrimps around Calgary. The ones I saw couple of days ago are more brown with cream lines al along their bodies.
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