Okay.. So I've heard of hitchhiker snails... sometimes called pest snails, or pond snails, or bladder snails, that hitchhike home from the LFS
on plants and what-not, but I've never heard of hitchhiker shrimp. Long story, short... I have about a 1/2 dozen or so baby shrimp in my newly-started tank that I didn't put in. They just showed up. And they are TINY. Back story:
started a new tank. First I planted it with a couple plants from multiple sources (Monte Carlo on a mat from one on-line retailer, Java moss & moss balls from LFS
, etc) and I added a single Mystery snail. Now, I have quite a few hitchhiker bladder snails... that's fine. I like them. And they help keep algae, etc. in check.
Then I added some CRS... from an on-line retailer. Sadly, I jumped the gun on the cycle and they all died within four hours. I'm sure it's my fault. Anyway.... a week or so later, I see something dart across the water column in the corner of my eye. There should be nothing "darting" in this tank right now... you know.. only living things being vegetation and snails and all... and, lo and behold, there's a TINY little shrimplet. I mean, TINY... <5mm in length, tiny. that was almost two weeks ago. I would see this little guy from time-to-time, but not often. I figured he had died. Fast-forward to this morning... I can see 4 or 5 now. Of various sizes. Some a couple MM in length, some as long as 5MM in length. Really hard to see, and very difficult to photo.
Anyway... has anyone heard of getting "bonus" shrimp when buying plants? Also, it's been weeks since i've added any plants to this tank, and these shrimp are definitely hatchlings... And they don't look anything like the Red Crystal Shrimp that died so quickly in this tank. I've never heard of shrimp eggs being carried on plants but, stranger things have happened. Also, these things look more like Amano shrimp than anything else... They don't look like bamboo, ghost, RCS or CRS. They look like Amano. Which shouldn't survive out of brackish water. Help! I just don't understand how I have little shrimplets that appear to keep being born!
I guess my questions are two:
- Has anyone heard of shrimp eggs being transferred on plants? and [
- Any ideas what these might be?
I wish I could get a picture, but they are REALLY TINY! And hard to find.