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Glass Shrimp
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Author:  Jackalope [ Mar 1st, '09, 14:13 ]
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The American glass shrimp have this scientific name ............ Palaemonetes kadiakensis ..... anyone know what the scientific name is for the ones in Australia?
Palaemonetes kadiakensis, in the family Palaemonidae and order Decapoda, is found in the central part of the United States.

Author:  Jackalope [ Mar 1st, '09, 14:17 ]
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Don't answer that, I found out here: :oops: :oops:

RupertofOZ wrote:
The Glass Shrimp (Paratya australiensis) is the most widespread and common freshwater shrimp in eastern Australia. Glass shrimp are tiny prawn shaped animals that are the base food source for most fish species. They do not grow large - only 45 mm long head to tail, they do not have any nippers and are transparent in colour.

These shrimp live in both fresh and salt water and are an important food source for most fishes and other animals. Just about everything eats these shrimp and they are an important addition to any new farm dam to create a base food source for your fish. It is essential you stock new dams with shrimp if you want to stock these dams with native fish such as bass, silvers or golden perch.

Glass shrimp are prolific breeders, breeding all year round. Eggs are held by the female under the tail similar to a yabby. The female nurtures and protects the eggs till they hatch; when they hatch they are planktonic animals that drift in the water column until they grow and moult into miniature glass shrimp. Shrimp breed by the millions, just 200 breeders released into a new farm dam is enough to start the process and that dam will always have shrimp as a food source for your fish.

Glass shrimp are highly fecund, fast growing and highly nutritious. Shrimp are an essential addition to any farm dam.

Author:  Yabbynut [ Jun 19th, '10, 17:03 ]
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Stuart Chignell wrote:
What about people?

Do they taste any good?

I've seen them sold dried, in Asian shops
I think they're used for soup stock

Used to catch them by the hundreds, in Sunny Coast canals
dragging a fine net over any shallow structure,
on the other side of current,
notably, where there's string algae
The larger ones - 3-5 on a small hook - would nail bream & whiting
while the smaller ones fed the fish & anemones in marine tank I had

I'm thinking a species tank, dedicated to string algae, java moss or something,
somewhere inline, could be a move closer to natural food for your fish?

Author:  Simo [ Jun 24th, '10, 13:00 ]
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Can you buy Glass shrimp in WA?

I think Nocky has them but I don't know where from.

A mate from work has two dams on his property and has stocked one with marron and wants some fish. I put him onto troutman and he has ordered some trout for the new dam which is clear and deep but devoid of life in the form of a living eco system, he is also getting some SP from Troutman to go in the big established dam with his marron, this dam is old and has a heap of life in it in regards to minnows (probably gambusia), insects and organic matter.

I've talked him into adding glass shrimp to the established dam to give the SP and marron more live food as the aim is to create a balanced ecosystem from which food can be harvested.

The only place we could find is Aquablue Seafood who have 100 glass shrimp for $70 :shock: or 1000 for $160 plus freight which is pretty good, but local would be better.

Any leads people. :?:

Author:  chillidude [ Jun 24th, '10, 14:41 ]
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Nocky caught his Simo in a creek down his way.

I saw them for sale once in the Aquarium shop on Gt Eastern Hwy in Midland, $20/100, but they don't have the any more.

Author:  Simo [ Jun 25th, '10, 11:15 ]
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Thanks CD, just rang them and they plan on getting more back in when the weather is warmer :thumbleft:

Author:  freoboy [ Sep 1st, '10, 22:56 ]
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vebas on carrington street occonnor have them. $5 for a small bag, not cheap. but if you wanted qty / paid cash im sure he'd do you a deal . . :think:

Author:  arbe [ Sep 2nd, '10, 07:47 ]
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There is a marine fish shop in Wangara which sells Glass Shrimp -

It has been a long while since I have brought some so I dont know what they cost.


Author:  mcfarm [ Sep 2nd, '10, 09:16 ]
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I've got heaps in my dams. Anyone in the region is welcome to some.
I wrapped a pump inlet in a loose shade cloth bag as a filter, went to clean it a week ago and it contained hundreds of glass shrimp. A few of the bigger ones were darker, still translucent, but brown/green beer bottle colour. 98% were like clear glass though.
Are the larger darker ones mature/breeders? Or is is sex specific?

Author:  arbe [ Sep 2nd, '10, 09:58 ]
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mcfarm - where abouts are you? I would be interested in getting my hands on some.

Author:  RupertofOZ [ Sep 2nd, '10, 10:36 ]
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McFarm is located just out of Canberra... it's be a long drive... :D

Author:  arbe [ Sep 2nd, '10, 10:40 ]
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RupertofOZ wrote:
McFarm is located just out of Canberra... it's be a long drive... :D

Off to the local fish shop it is then for me.....

Author:  mcfarm [ Sep 2nd, '10, 10:41 ]
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Sorry should have said. Uriarra NSW, 20 minutes west of Canberra, ACT, Australia.

Author:  gnash06 [ Sep 2nd, '10, 11:14 ]
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Outbackozzie wrote:
Aint no glass shrimp in Kalgoorlie, growing is my only option. One that I'll try soon.

But there are heaps of Gambusia in the dams about the place, I caught them to feed to the Barra :)
Mt Monger station has a twin dam along KCGM's bore fields that has heaps :)

Author:  Cherax Destructor [ Nov 3rd, '15, 20:26 ]
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today i tried to catch some in a creek, failed miserably...All i caught was mosquito fish XD. I left a bottle trap there so im hoping overnight some with go in. Hi guys i'm new btw :wave1:

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