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    A Rudolph Shrimp doing it's thing.

Product Description

PH Range: 6.5 – 7.5 z
Size: 1” – 1 3/4”
Temperature Range: 68 – 82 F. 
Diet: Omnivore
Hardness Range: 8 – 15 dkh 
Habitat: Fully Aquatic
Life Span: 1 – 1 1/2 years

The Rudolph shrimp originates from India. They are also called mosquito shrimp or pinocchio shrimp. Rudolph shrimp are mostly transparent, but the males have a little more coloring in their bodies and tails than females have, and they sometimes appear green or brown. They get their name from their long red rostrums. If the rostrum gets broken off, the Rudolph shrimp will grow another one. Rudolph shrimp require fairly strict tank requirements, such as a moderate temperature, a cycled tank, and soft water, and they will die if exposed to nitrates or ammonia. They like a well-planted aquarium, driftwood, and rocks. Because they are almost colorless, dark sand also works well in the tank, as they will be hard to see among a lot of green vegetation. They are relatively easy to care for if kept in a tank with the proper water conditions, and they do well with a group of other Rudolph shrimp as tank mates. You should avoid putting larger shrimp or aggressive fish in the tank with them that may attack or eat them. Rudolph shrimp are omnivores, but they prefer to eat algae and vegetables over meat. You can feed Rudolph shrimp almost any kind of fish or shrimp flakes or wafers, as well as algae flakes. You can also feed them live food on occasion, like bloodworms or newly hatched brine shrimp. They will scour the bottom of the tank for leftovers, so you don’t need to feed them too many supplementary or additional foods beyond what you are already going to put in the tank. Rudolph shrimp breed in salt water, and breeding is difficult to do. The female is capable of producing several hundred eggs every few weeks if bred in saltwater. The eggs must remain in brackish water until they reach the larval stage. Rudolph larvae must then remain in salt water until they reach post-larval stage, where they will appear like miniature adults. They should slowly be introduced to freshwater once in the post-larval stage so that they can adapt to the freshwater. They will be very small, so proper care must be taken so that they do not become food for other fish or shrimp. You should also be careful with the filter when breeding so they get sucked into the filter. Rudolph shrimp are only mildly aggressive, and they are not shy at all compared to many other shrimp. To eat, Rudolph shrimp float with their rostrum pointed down, and they filter all of the food they come in contact with. They do well in tanks with a low current so they can float and filter food, and they are amusing to watch as they do this. They tend to be peaceful and adaptive to tank mates, but their small size does make them vulnerable to predators. Rudolph shrimp are very sensitive to ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. As with all freshwater shrimp, avoid feeding them anything containing copper as it can kill them.  


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