07-08-2019, 11:45 PM
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Slovakia, Europe
| | Re: A different shrimp - Macrobrachium rosenbergii
These are really amazing and impressive shrimp.
If you want Macrobrachium shrimp which breed readily and easily in a freshwater tank (like Cherry shrimp), try Macrobrachium dayanum. They are smaller than rosenbergii, but should be similar in behavior and looks otherwise. I had them for a few months, but had to get rid of them as they are not suitable for a community tank at all. 55gal tank should be fine in housing about 10 adults, but you must provide a plenty of cover or else males will fight to death (or at least until one of them loses its arm and learns its place). If possible, have more females than males. Do not put them together with any fish (or snails) you want to keep. They will catch, harm and stress non predatory fish of almost any size. They might look "compatible" when young, but once they're fully grown and mature, their natural instincts show in full scale. Species only tank is the right way for keeping them.