Macrobrachium idae

6. July 2007

January 2006: The long arm shrimp Macrobrachium idae reached us from Sri Lanka. Remarkable are their extreme long, name-giving “arms”, which can give the full grown animals an enormous broad reach. With that they are able to track small fish successfully, which naturally limits their use in the community tank. Together with larger fish species or in a shrimp aquarium they are however interesting animals. Like all Macrobrachium species they need good water quality, otherwise however they are not demanding. All usual kinds of food are eaten greedy. A shrimp aquarium should not be lit up too brightly, and/or be easily darkened with some swimming plants.The roots of the swimming plants offer protection to the new generation against their sometimes quite predatory parents. Further there should be a lot of hiding places, with bogwood, coconut bowls and rocks beautiful underwater landscapes can be arranged.(Photo F. Schäfer, Text K. Diehl)

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Herkunft Sri Lanka - Australien