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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-06-2012, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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I found some shrimp...

... in a pool of brackish water near my house. I was wondering if these little guys might be able to live in my freshwater aquarium, or at the very least become a tasty treat for my betta.

The thing is, will these guys even be able to live in the freshwater or is the brackish water a requirement?

Also, will feeding them to my betta cause any harm? I will quarantine them before the feeding process. The prospect of feeding them to my betta seems pretty awesome; live food in a nearly endless supply.

So, what do you guys say? Here's a pic of the little buggers:

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-06-2012, 06:40 PM
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Er... I wouldn't try it. You don't even know what it is. (o.o) It's also better to not put it in just in case for sickness. Even if you are quarantining them. They're probably happy in their little place right now.

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Yeah, you're probably right. Maybe I shouldn't do that.

One thing is for sure though; these little guys are fun to watch! Boy can they move! I don't think my poor betta would even be able to catch these guys if he tried. I'm thinking about trying to make a micro-tank with these guys in it. I have a little .5 gallon tank that isn't being used, and I found these guys (And thousands more) in a little pool of stagnant water.

Perhaps I'll just do that instead.

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That's a good idea. Just try to know what's their called so you know what they do and stuff. :0

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They look more like insects then shrimp.. where do you live, anyway?

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I live in Newfoundland, Canada. I'm fairly certain these guys might just be offspring of the run of the mill shrimp we can find here. The pictures are blurry, but they look like miniature shrimp. Thinking back now, there was some weird stuff hanging off of the plants in the little pools, which was most likely egg sacks for these guys.

I'm not going to put these guys in the tank with my betta, but I think I'll test them in a freshwater tank for a few days or so to see if they can thrive. If not, I'll just bring them back to where I found them.
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They look more like bugs than shrimp I'm used to seeing... not that I'm used to seeing shrimp from the wild, just cherries and other species of neocardina.

What part of the island are you from? I'm in the big city. There are are couple of us on the forum!
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Those things look like fairy shrimp to me.

I could be wrong, picture needs to be a little clearer to be sure.

But they do harbor parasites/diseases if you get them from random puddles of water. Keep that in mind.
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They look more like bugs than shrimp I'm used to seeing... not that I'm used to seeing shrimp from the wild, just cherries and other species of neocardina.

What part of the island are you from? I'm in the big city. There are are couple of us on the forum!
I'm from out towards Placentia! Small world. Yeah, these guys aren't gonna be living in any tank of mine anytime soon. They're baby saltwater shrimp I think. Nothing like a pond shrimp. These guys are designed for speed ahh well...

I wish I could find freshwater shrimp for a decent price in NL, but in the stores they're expensive and most look rather sickly..

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I could be wrong, picture needs to be a little clearer to be sure.

But they do harbor parasites/diseases if you get them from random puddles of water. Keep that in mind.
Naw...they'll be fine!! Just boil them first.
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