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Redline cleaners

Postby millotoli » Wed 24 Sep, 2014 10:30 pm

Hi Guys,
I have baby shrimp in my live rock, they are not mysid or any normal sort of shrimp.
I am sure they are redliners
they are red with white heads. between 4 mm and 7 mm long. and the parents live under the rock they are in.

Any advise or feedback?

I keep getting told they wont survive but, no one can tell me why not.
as far as feeding, they must be a few weeks old to be the size they are so are eating somthing.
and the other fish get fed 4 times a day. ( i have no wrasses or any rock swimming fish.
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Re: Redline cleaners

Postby Magicj » Thu 25 Sep, 2014 12:05 am

Sorry to disappoint, but they would not be redlines.

Redlines are probably the hardest of the Lysmata species to breed, primarily because they take around 6 months to settle out to juvinile shrimp. Prior to that that are planktonic and live in the water column.

I'm not sure what you might have, but if they are living in your rock then they are no longer larvae, or zoae as shrimp larvae are known.
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Re: Redline cleaners

Postby CaptCrash » Thu 25 Sep, 2014 12:06 am

Hi Ollie,

What you are describing does not really sound like juvenile redline cleaner shrimp, but rather some form of mysid.

At hatch Redlines look like the following
Each shrimp (the yellow dots) is about 2-3mm in diameter.

Prior to settlement Redline cleaner larvae go through a variety of development stages, but they all look similar to this (with various changes including the number of legs, swimmerets, changes to the eyes etc over time). From 3mm growing to 25mm in length over 140-150 days from hatch to settlement.

During this time they are extremely sensitive to basically everything, especially current.
For those who have been able to raise them (approx 10-15 people world wide), they primarily feed them brine shrimp (newly hatched and later gut loaded), then flake foods.

Once settled they are transparent with a small amount of colour, approx 25mm long.

If possible can get some photos of the shrimp you are talking about, it would help a lot.
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Re: Redline cleaners

Postby millotoli » Thu 25 Sep, 2014 12:16 am

Thanks, I will try get photos.

They very well could be mysid, but I have never seen them this colour.
Shame, would have been very cool :)
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Re: Redline cleaners

Postby Aydee » Sat 04 Oct, 2014 4:49 pm

(I'm not an expert! This is a guess) They can get odd colours depending on what they eat. My mysid babies were a brownish colour. I suspect I was just seeing their gut.

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