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  1. iturnrocks

    iturnrocks Elite Member

    I have now set up a tank specifically for fairy shrimp that hatched from the dirt I collected last thursday. I have 15 of them swimming around this 10 gal.

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    This series of photos shows various light techniques I use to get better photos on such a small animal. They are about 4mm now.

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  2. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    lol woah they look like little floating strings with eyes. the only thing i ever saw that even came close to those would be brine shrimp. neat though. :)
     
  3. steel rip

    steel rip Elite Member

    Wow, so tiny, won't they get ****ed up into the filter?
     
  4. Jay DeMore

    Jay DeMore Elite Member

    Donna, those uplift tubes pull the water through the substrate, there is no chance of the little guys being hurt. This is a great project to do with children who are interested in science.
     
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    That is exactly what I was thinking. Seeing as how their lifecycle is very similar I would guess that they are closely related.
     
  6. Shoobly

    Shoobly Elite Member

    Those things look like some "sea monkeys" that I used to have when I was younger...
     
  7. geckoguy14

    geckoguy14 Elite Member

    fairy shrimp and brine shrimp (artemia salina) are very closely related to the "sea monkeys" (artemia nyos) that are commonly sold in kits. I used to be a nut for these guys back when i was 12. I was only allowed sea monkeys as pets then, so i had a bout 3 different sea monkey kits and a triops kit. They all kept me happy until i discovered herps. WHAT A TRANSITION! lol nice pix. One thing is that there is a possibility that even and under gravel filter will pull any babies they might have into the filter. Other than that, i love your setup
     
  8. iturnrocks

    iturnrocks Elite Member

    They dont have babies, they drop eggs (cysts). The substrate is sand, so nothings getting through. Im intentionaly raising them for their eggs, so once I see them, I will most likely remove them to a container with no substrate. Im hoping to have the species Thamnocephalus platyurus. It is a larger species of fairy shrimp.

    I caught some wild last year, and this dirt was collected at the same pool. They are still too small to be identified, but their behavior seems to be very similar.

    Btw, these are babies, they are all less than 1 week old.
     
  9. iturnrocks

    iturnrocks Elite Member

    Below is a list of Fairy, Clam, and Tadpole shrimp of the United States. The species I have found and had identified are in bold. I will be sending off my Triops for identification this week.


    ORDER FAMILY SCIENTIFIC NAME AUTHOR COMMON NAME
    ANOSTRACA ARTEMIIDAE ARTEMIA FRANCISCANA Kellog, 1906 SAN FRANCISCO BRINE SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA ARTEMIIDAE ARTEMIA GRACILIS Verrill, 1869 WOODENTUB BRINE SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA ARTEMIIDAE ARTEMIA MONICA Verrill, 1869 MONO LAKE BRINE SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA CAMPESTRIS Lynch, 1960 POCKED POUCH FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA COLORADENSIS Packard, 1874 COLORADO FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA CONSERVATIO Eng, Belk and Eriksen, 1990 CONSERVANCY FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA CORNIGERA Lynch, 1958 HORNED FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA DISSIMILIS Lynch, 1972 DISSIMILAR FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA GIGAS Lynch, 1937 GIANT FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA HIBERNA Rogers and Fugate, 2001 WINTER FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA KAIBABENSIS Belk and Fugate, 2000 KAIBAB FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA LINDAHLI Packard, 1883 VERSITLE FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA LONGIANTENNA Eng, Belk and Eriksen, 1990 LONGHORN FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA LYNCHI Eng, Belk and Eriksen, 1990 VERNAL POOL FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA MACKINI Dexter, 1956 ALKALI FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA MESOVALLENSIS Belk and Fugate, 2000 MIDVALLEY FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA PACKARDI Pearse, 1912 ROCK POOL FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA PALUDOSA Muller, 1788 CIRCUMPOLAR FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA POTASSA Belk, 1979 POTASSIUM LOVING FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA READINGI Belk, 2000 EASTERN ALKALI FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA BRANCHINECTIDAE BRANCHINECTA SANDIEGONENSIS Fugate, 1993 SAN DIEGO FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA CHIROCEPHALIDAE ARTEMIOPSIS STEPHANSSONI Johansen, 1921 SEALED POUCH FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA CHIROCEPHALIDAE DEXTERIA FLORIDANA (Dexter, 1953) FLORIDA FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA CHIROCEPHALIDAE EUBRANCHIPUS BUNDYI Forbes, 1876 KNOBBEDLIP FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA CHIROCEPHALIDAE EUBRANCHIPUS HOLMANII (Ryder, 1879) EASTERN FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA CHIROCEPHALIDAE EUBRANCHIPUS INTRICATUS Hartland-Rowe, 1967 SMOOTHLIP FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA CHIROCEPHALIDAE EUBRANCHIPUS MOOREI Brtek, 1967 COASTAL PLAIN FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA CHIROCEPHALIDAE EUBRANCHIPUS NEGLECTUS Garman, 1926 NEGLECTED FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA CHIROCEPHALIDAE EUBRANCHIPUS OREGONIUS Creaser, 1930 OREGON FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA CHIROCEPHALIDAE EUBRANCHIPUS ORNATUS Holmes, 1910 ORNATE FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA CHIROCEPHALIDAE EUBRANCHIPUS SERRATUS Forbes, 1876 ETHOLOGIST FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA CHIROCEPHALIDAE EUBRANCHIPUS VERNALIS (Verrill, 1869) SPRINGTIME FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA LINDERIELLIDAE LINDERIELLA OCCIDENTALIS (Dodds, 1923) CALIFORNIA FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA LINDERIELLIDAE LINDERIELLA SANTAROSAE Thiery and Fugate, 1876 SANTA ROSA PLATEAU FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA POLYARTEMIIDAE POLYARTEMIELLA HAZENI (Murdock, 1884) ANTLERED FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA POLYARTEMIIDAE POLYARTEMIELLA JUDAYI Daday, 1910 BERINGIAN FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA STREPTOCEPHALIDAE STREPTOCEPHALUS DOROTHAE Mackin, 1942 NEW MEXICO FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA STREPTOCEPHALIDAE STREPTOCEPHALUS LINDERI Moore, 1966 SPINYFINGER FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA STREPTOCEPHALIDAE STREPTOCEPHALUS MACKINI Moore, 1966 CHIHUAHUAN DESERT FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA STREPTOCEPHALIDAE STREPTOCEPHALUS MATTOXI Maeda-Martinez, Belk, Obregon-Barboza, and Dumont, 1995 CRENATETHUMB FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA STREPTOCEPHALIDAE STREPTOCEPHALUS MOOREI Belk, 1973 SPINYTHUMB FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA STREPTOCEPHALIDAE STREPTOCEPHALUS SEALII Ryder, 1879 SPINYTAIL FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA STREPTOCEPHALIDAE STREPTOCEPHALUS SIMILIS Baird, 1852 LESSER SPINYTAIL FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA STREPTOCEPHALIDAE STREPTOCEPHALUS TEXANUS Packard, 1871 GREATER PLAINS FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA STREPTOCEPHALIDAE STREPTOCEPHALUS WOOTTONI Eng, Belk, and Eriksen, 1990 RIVERSIDE FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA THAMNOCEPHALIDAE BRANCHINELLA ACACIODEA Belk and Sissom, 1992 ACACIA FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA THAMNOCEPHALIDAE BRANCHINELLA ALACHUA Dexter, 1953 ALACHUA FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA THAMNOCEPHALIDAE BRANCHINELLA LITHACA (Creaser, 1940) STONE MOUNTAIN FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA THAMNOCEPHALIDAE BRANCHINELLA SUBLETTEI Sissom, 1976 SALT PLAYA FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA THAMNOCEPHALIDAE THAMNOCEPHALUS MEXICANUS Linder, 1941 MEXICAN BEAVERTAIL FAIRY SHRIMP
    ANOSTRACA THAMNOCEPHALIDAE THAMNOCEPHALUS PLATYURUS Packard, 1877 BEAVERTAIL FAIRY SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA CYZICIDAE CAENESTHERIELLA GYNECIA Mattox, 1950 FEMININE CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA CYZICIDAE CYZICUS BELFRAGEI (Packard, 1871) GREAT PLAINS CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA CYZICIDAE CYZICUS CALIFORNICUS (Packard, 1874) CALIFORNIA CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA CYZICIDAE CYZICUS ELONGATUS Mattox, 1957 ELONGATE CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA CYZICIDAE CYZICUS MEXICANUS (Claus, 1860) MEXICAN CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA CYZICIDAE CYZICUS MORSEI (Packard, 1871) CENTERHUMP CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA CYZICIDAE CYZICUS SETOSA (Pearse, 1912) BRISTLETAIL CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA CYZICIDAE EOCYZICUS CONCAVUS (Mackin, 1939) SWAYBACKED CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA CYZICIDAE EOCYZICUS DIGUETI (Richards, 1895) STRAIGHTBACKED CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA LEPTESTHERIIDAE LEPTESTHERIA COMPLEXIMANUS (Packard, 1877) SPINEYNOSE CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA LIMNADIIDAE EULIMNADIA AGASSIZII Packard, 1874 A CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA LIMNADIIDAE EULIMNADIA ANTLEI Mackin, 1940 FUZZY CYST CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA LIMNADIIDAE EULIMNADIA ASTRAOVA Belk, 1989 STAR CYST CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA LIMNADIIDAE EULIMNADIA CYLINDROVA Belk, 1989 CYLINDRICAL CYST CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA LIMNADIIDAE EULIMNADIA DIVERSA Mattox, 1937 DIVERSITY CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA LIMNADIIDAE EULIMNADIA TEXANA (Packard, 1871) TEXAN CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA LIMNADIIDAE LIMNADIA LENTICULARIS (Linnaeus, 1761) EUROAMERICAN CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA LYNCEIDAE LYNCEUS BRACHYURUS Muller, 1776 HOLARCTIC CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA LYNCEIDAE LYNCEUS BREVIFRONS (Packard, 1877) SHORT FINGER CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA LYNCEIDAE LYNCEUS GRACILICORNIS (Packard, 1871) GRACEFUL CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA LYNCEIDAE LYNCEUS MUCRONATUS (Packard, 1875) HOOKLEG CLAM SHRIMP
    CONCHOSTRACA LYNCEIDAE PARALIMNETIS TEXANA Martin and Belk, 1988 POINTYTOP FINGER CLAM SHRIMP
    NOTOSTRACA TRIOPSIDAE LEPIDURUS BILOBATUS Packard, 1883 BILOBED TADPOLE SHRIMP
    NOTOSTRACA TRIOPSIDAE LEPIDURUS COUESII Packard, 1875 ROUND SPINE TADPOLE SHRIMP
    NOTOSTRACA TRIOPSIDAE LEPIDURUS LEMMONI Holmes, 1894 LEMON TADPOLE SHRIMP
    NOTOSTRACA TRIOPSIDAE LEPIDURUS PACKARDI Simon, 1886 VERNAL POOL TADPOLE SHRIMP
    NOTOSTRACA TRIOPSIDAE TRIOPS LONGICAUDATUS (LeConte, 1846) LONGTAIL TADPOLE SHRIMP
    NOTOSTRACA TRIOPSIDAE TRIOPS NEWBERRYI (LeConte, 1846) DESERT TADPOLE SHRIMP
     
  10. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    :eek: wow thats alot!
     
  11. geckoguy14

    geckoguy14 Elite Member

    lol, i understand that they don't literally have "babies". I knew that they dropped eggs i was just using layman's terms.
    Having babies (country boy terms)=dropping cysts(smart people talk) lol sorry for any misunderstanding.
     
  12. rdavey

    rdavey New Member

    Ferry Shrimp...

    Saw your thread on ferry shrimp. Interesting except the pics don't show. Would like to see them. I am currently in the process of a vernal pool study in central California and would like to hear about your techniques for photographing small objects like ferry shrimp and the like.

    Let me know.

    Rob
     
  13. iturnrocks

    iturnrocks Elite Member

    before you get too involved in any scientific study you should first discover that they are called fairy shrimp not ferry shrimp. I know proper spelling doesnt mean as much these days as it did in the past.
    There is a difference.

    If you truly want to learn more about ferry shrimp visit this link

    http://www.ovayonda.org/shrimpfestival/ocf_sfsf/

    If you want to see pics of fairy shrimp visit www.iturnrocks.com and click on the inverts button
     
  14. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Thanks again for the links
     
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