03-04-2007, 06:46 PM
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: West Chester, OH
iTrader Positive Rating: 100%
The shrimp really are neat little buggers. I obtained some Cherry Red Shrimp a while back and they started reproducing quite well. Then I found some "mixed-grade" Crystal Red Shrimp. These are NOT the $30+ shrimp, but there's some white and the banding looks really cool. IF I had a small planted tank (say like a 10 gallon or so) I think a small colony of these would be cool, as the fry are really tiny and neat looking!
Now, why are some so expensive? Well, it's kinda like asking why Thoroughbred horses, show dogs, and Vintage Shelby Cobras cost so much... there's not as many, and they're a "collectors item." I believe a lot of this started in Japan where they are more sought out because in my opinion their culture is much more focused on quality and not quantity. When my shrimp have some white bands, they're not as "good" a quality (but hey, they're cute and they breed in my water, that's enough for me!). They even have the ones with little "suns" like their nation's flag...
Would I mind some.. no.. however, I fear that if I make that investment, I won't get my money back. I don't think I'd have a problem selling them for $5-6 each.. it's still a good deal, and it isn't like THAT many people have them yet. In a few years they'll probably be as common as Cherries... but they do take longer to drop fry and they grow slower too.