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Pinokio Shrimp - (8)

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Product Description

PH Range: 7 – 8
Size: 1” – 1 1/2”
Temperature Range: 77 – 80 F.
Diet: Omnivore
Hardness Range: 2 – 5 dkh
Habitat: Fully Aquatic
Life Span: 1 – 1 1/2 years

Pinokio (Pinocchio) shrimp are also called red-nosed shrimp, mosquito shrimp, or rhino shrimp because of the long length of their red colored rostrum. Pinokio shrimp originate in India and Southeast Asia. Healthy pinokio shrimp are essentially colorless with the exception of their rostrums, but appear a milky-white color when ill. The females appear slightly more transparent than the males. Male pinokio shrimp may have slight red markings on their tales and bodies as well as their rostrum. They are relatively small shrimp, and the females are slightly smaller than the males. An interesting fact about Pinokio shrimp is that if their rostrum breaks off, it will regenerate. Pinokio shrimp require fairly strict tank requirements, such as a moderate temperature, cycling, and soft water. They will die if exposed to nitrates or ammonia. They like a well-planted aquarium, along with rocks and driftwood. They are relatively easy to care for if kept in a tank with the proper water conditions, and they do well with other pinokio shrimp as tank mates. If pinokio shrimp become ill, they will appear milky-white and the females will stop producing eggs. Pinokio shrimp are omnivores with a preference for vegetation. Although they eat mostly algae in the wild, they are scavengers and will eat any plant detritus or meat products in a tank environment. Pinokio shrimp are also filter feeders, but will sometimes eat small leaves. You can feed pinokio shrimp most any kind of fish or shrimp flakes, wafers, or pellets. Pinokio shrimp breed in salt water, and it can be difficult to do in a tank. The eggs must remain in brackish water until they reach the larval stage. They must then remain in salt water until they reach post-larval stage, where they will appear like miniature adults. They must be slowly acclimated to freshwater once in the post-larval stage in order to survive. 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 as to avoid them being sucked up. Pinokio shrimp are only mildly aggressive, and they are not shy at all compared to many other shrimp. Rather than hanging onto leaves and rocks to eat algae, pinokio shrimp float with their rostrum pointed down, and filter all of the food they come in contact with. They tend to be peaceful and adaptive to tank mates, but their small size does make them vulnerable to predators. Pinokio shrimp do not do well in cool water or in water with a high ph. They are also very sensitive to ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. As with all freshwater shrimp, avoid introducing them to anything containing copper as it can kill them.  


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