Tag Archives: Caridina

Amano shrimp now also available as German offspring

4. March 2022

The Amano shrimp (Caridina multidentata, formerly known as C. japonica) is one of the most popular freshwater shrimp for the aquarium. It feeds on Aufwuchs, eg microorganisms and is therefore absolutely harmless to fish and plants. Instead, through its grazing activity, it frees plants and decoration from annoying algae growth or ensures that algae do not appear at all. The species is native in Japan and Taiwan; from Taiwan we receive wild catches of this species. Important note: according to the International Red List (IUCN: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/198258/147797329) this shrimp species is not endangered.

Up to now we have only received wild collected Amano shrimp from Taiwan, because for hobby breeders the rearing of the larvae of this shrimp, which are living in the sea, is too costly. We are very pleased now be able to offer Amano shrimp from the company “Rheingarnelen” (https://www.rheingarnelen.de), which are completely bred in Germany. This company breeds shrimp with the highest ecological, holistic standards and – this is a decisive plus – with a part of the proceeds tree plantations (mainly) in Africa are supported! (see https://www.rheingarnelen.de/baum-partner/)

By the possibility to buy now also German offspring of the Amano shrimp, you, dear customer, become independent of seasonal supply shortages, as they can occur with wild catches e.g. during the typhoon season. Although we support the “Rhine Shrimp” project 100%, we will continue to work with our long-time trading partners in Taiwan, as loyalty dictates, so that we can offer both captive bred and wild caught shrimp in parallel. In similar cases, for example with Cardinal tetras, this has been working without any problems for many years. In this way we can meet both main demands of the animal trade, i.e. species protection locally through sustainable income from nature (wild catch) and environmental protection through local production and short transport routes (offspring).

For our customers: the animals have code 481494 (md) and 481495 (lg) on our stocklist. Please note that we supply exclusively to wholesalers.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Caridina dennerli

27. April 2018

When the White Spot Bee Shrimp appeared about 10 years ago for the first time in larger numbers in the ornamental fish trade we all where really enthusiastic about them. Sadly we had to learn that the tiny animals are very sensitive against temporary distress, for example low temperatures during transportation, and die very quickly if their needs are not fulfilled in a perfect way. So the initial enthusiasm changed into disillusion and the shrimps became animals thought to be suited for specialists only.

Now we have German bred ones in stock. The breeder says that these shrimps are not difficult to keep at all. Of course even for these bred ones the water temperature should not fall below 25°C for longer times, the best temperature to keep and breed them is 27-30°C. We are very curious how hardy these shrimps will proof to be in a long time sight!

For our customers: the shrimps have code 481581 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Caridina logemanni Crystal Super Red Cologne Strain

15. February 2017

Since the very first start of breeding sports in ornamental fish some strains were named after the tow they appeared first. Examples are the „Vienna Emerald Guppy“, the „Hamburg Swordtail“, or the „Bristol Shubunkin“.

This tradition also took place in dwarf shrimps and so a „cologne strain“ of Caridina logemanni exists. We now obtained a number of very nice specimens from that strain that exhibit an extraordinary high degree of red coloration.

For our customers: the animals have code 485339 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer