Shrimp for sale?

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    Hi

    I just popped into a LFS this weekend and to my great surprise I stumbled upon a tank with shrimp...for sale! I thought it was illegal to trade in them...

    Anyway, they had cherry shrimp and some other shrimp I couldn't ID. It was kinda glassy-grey with a few large black spots on its back. They had quite a few, but were they expensive! R80 per shrimp. I didn't buy any at that price. I asked them where they got them from and they said a supplier in JHB. They also said they've had them in the store for over a month now. So somebody is importing or breeding them and then selling them.

    Very interesting!

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    Lauré
     
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    Totally illegal and the shop owner could be prosecuted in no uncertain terms. Some LFS here in the CT area got busted for the same thing not too long ago....

    Kind regards,

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    I saw they are selling for R40 on bid or buy
     
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    Aah, was wondering why I've never seen these in shops!
     
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    It is odd, but seen fairly often if you look hard enough. I spoke to the owner at a reputable store in jhb and he told me it was legal to purchase locally but illegal to import....no clue on the facts though...
     
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    then we can start getting some of these....

    drool.....
     
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    The Sulawesi shrimps are stunning.
    Apparently they are popping up in UK shops occasionaly.

    But the are scary expensive
     
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    IMO even if they legalize fw shrimp they should still ban importing the stuff and clamp it down tighter than a klei os se g*t. we have a variety of local species that can be commercially farmed and marketed as pets for the trade or live food for large cichlids for example. Imports are bred in very poor mass conditions and bring alien disease that unfortunately will end up in our waterways ::)
     
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    the fact that there are local species is something i think should be seriously looked into.
    alien species carry alien pathogens and this could be problematic to many aquatics not just the shrimps.
     
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    Which local shrimp species are there apart from caridina nilotica? I know there was a study that re-classified them into sub groups like caridina umtataensis etc...but they all look the dang same.

    They are not colourful & would have a smaller market than cherries, crystal reds, sulawesis & other asian or australian shrimp in my opinion. I think only OCD types like me would want them as pets. But if the foreign shrimp were legal, I know we'd have loads of local breeders working on supplying us directly. From what I've read on US forums, neocaridina heteropoda (red cherries & other colour morphs in that line) breed amazingly fast & well in basic set-ups.

    R80 isn't completely nuts for something like a babaulti which is the only one that comes to mind from the description "It was kinda glassy-grey with a few large black spots on its back." Either that or thats a recession special on a sulawesi of some sort :D R30 - R40 would be for cherries & ghosts, if I'm calculating prices I've seen on Aquabid correctly.
     
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    OK so obviously the freshwater shrimps have got together, formed some sort of collective bargaining council and agreed with the government not to be invasive, something you will remember they have been threatening for years now as part of their devious plan for total world domination.
    Now your suggesting those naughty little shrimps are negotiating in bad faith and actually this is just a ploy to infect us all with some shrimp plague?
    I think that's is a bit unfair to judge them so early in the process surely they have signed letters of understanding that they are not going to do that,
    or are you saying that JZ is Neville Chamberlain?
    Personally I'd like to see more presently banned spieces follow the shrimps proactive lead, Cryptocryne wenditii for instance.
    Maybe the government are in secret negotiations with the snakeheads at this very moment.....
     
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    What do you mean JZ is a snakehead,they have taken over already
     
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    EDIT - I deleted my comments...
     
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    shrimp breed so fast that if you noticed one or more that were prettier than the others, you could start trying to fix that trait, and pretty soon a good percentage of the offspring would all look like that...

    you would need a couple of shrimp breeding setups for that though.

    if the list stays the way it is and shrimps are declassified as alien invaders, i will definitely be getting some breeding setups going...
     
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    Shrimp would be cool for my main tank, but then I'd have to move my clown loaches. I've seen this happen. People think botia sp. like snails? Shrimp last about 10 seconds...
     
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    So does anyone have of these Legal fresh water shrimp? ::)
     
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    wow, talk about a forum killer post...

    i can hear crickets chirping..
     
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    OOPS! Did I say the wrong thing??? ???
     

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