Shrimp doing something nasty at Neptune

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Erick, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. Erick

    Erick Guest

  2. Erick

    Erick Guest

    So in case you can't figure it out, the shrimp is on the back of a sea hare, claw deep in it's anus looking for bits to eat. :Sp
  3. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    It's probably eating the sea hare.... no joke.

    My friend in Oakland has a far worse picture of a sea hare... it has bristle worms coming out of it's behind (while alive)
  4. Matt_Wandell

    Matt_Wandell Honorary Member

    Once upon a time I added two peppermint shrimp to a cone snail exhibit in order to keep Aiptasia at bay. I assume the shrimp did something along these lines to the cone snail, because later that day I found two shrimp corpses.

    Moral of the story: Do not f*** with cone snails.
  5. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I'm so jealous you get to set up exhibits like that :)
  6. Erick

    Erick Guest

    I would be to, but I saw that episode of CSI Miami where they had to figure the cause of murder and it turned out to be a cone snail :)
  7. kungfujoe

    kungfujoe Guest

    my peps just ate my sunset laptestrea
  8. Matt_Wandell

    Matt_Wandell Honorary Member

    Hey, all you need is a couple gallons and about $20 to buy the cone snail...
  9. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I've kept em in the past... but setting up a public display is a different story :)

    I'm still jealous :D
  10. screebo

    screebo Guest

    That's scary, did you run out of aptasia for them? I have a sunset leptastrea that's about 3" across and flurishing. I added 8 peps to the tank two weeks ago and I don't see any evidence (as yet) of nibbling. Hmmm. I REALLY like leptastrea too so I'll keep an eye on it. Thanks for sharing your observation.

    PS I've witnessed many instances of shrimp picking over the fresh excrement from a sea hare. Cleaners and Fire shrimp do the same. Like a gold miner panning for gold nuggets. EEEUUUUUUUUUUUU! :Sp
  11. Erick

    Erick Guest

    Pep's eating aiptasia is kind of hit and miss already. As long they get their own food they shouldn't nibble on coral. "shouldn't"
  12. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    IF you get the right species of Pep (tons of species are called "peppermint" but only a few actually LOVE aptasia) they'll eat it every chance they get.
  13. Erick

    Erick Guest

    Mine haven't been eating them :( but I don't mind too much, only have a couple in the display and I kill them when I see them. I still like the shrimp.
  14. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    You probably were sold a look a like. best bet with them if you can't ID them, is to buy the ORA ones :) When I was in wholesale our supplier would send a mixed bag and I would separate them. I could not tell you today what the difference is though.. Keith Redfield wrote a nice article on it years ago.
  15. Erick

    Erick Guest

    I read that camel shrimp are sometimes labeled peppermint but I can tell the difference between them. If there is another shrimp that looks closer to a peppermint shrimp then I may have been fooled. I blame Robert if I was :)
  16. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    A camel shrimp is very different looking tbe what are called peppermint. I doubt Robert has ever brrn shown tbe difference nor do I not doubt most tbe club could do it. I can't :) I used to know the difference though.

    I will find and post Keith's paper. He was my first boss in the wholesale side of MO.
  17. h20player101

    h20player101 Guest

    and pics...
  18. bondolo

    bondolo Supporting Member

    It gets more complicated than that. L. wurdemanni has had four new species added and L. rathbunae has gained an additional species. See : L. wurdemanni and L. rathbunae reclassifications

    There's a nice chart from the paper here:
    Peppermint Shrimp Identification Chart

    Two of my recently purchased peppermints are definitely L. wurdemanni. The original peppermint I have is still unidentified. It doesn't look much like any of those from the classification papers but does look rather like this picture:

  19. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I forgot about Andrew's paper. FWIW he goes by "Spawner" on the forums.
  20. robert4025

    robert4025 Sponsor

    I see both Camel and Peppermint shrimps every week at local wholesalers. I don't recall ever picking up any CS though. The difference between the two species are pretty apparent.

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