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Lexinverts
10-01-2011, 08:03 AM
Hello folks:

I just got in some of the brand new Neocaridina "Pumpkin" shrimp. These are a new orange variety of Neocaridina heteropoda (Red Cherry Shrimp), and they breed in freshwater. The intensity of the orange is quite striking, and I think that they should really be called "Fire Orange." They are not the brackish-water-breeding Sulawesi orange shrimp, Caridina propinqua. I should have some up for auction in a couple months. Here are my first pictures, which aren't the greatest.

http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx186/Lexinverts/Shrimp%20varieties/pumpkin_shrimp4.jpg

http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx186/Lexinverts/Shrimp%20varieties/Pumpkin_shrimp.jpg

http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx186/Lexinverts/Shrimp%20varieties/Pumpkin_shrimp3.jpg

http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx186/Lexinverts/Shrimp%20varieties/Pumpkin_shrimp2.jpg

Mossfreak
10-01-2011, 10:51 AM
Andy..very nice looking orange shrimp!!I will have to get my hands on some. My previous batch of orange shrimps are holding their own but the population is not increasing very fast. If these are related to cherry reds, I suspect they will be a lot more reproductive. Did you get these in from Germany??Best of luck with them! Chuck

Martin_G
10-01-2011, 11:28 AM
What type of lens are you using? I was trying to find a lens for my digital camera but Sony only made a "wide angle" and a "telephoto" lens neither of which would work.

wicca25
10-01-2011, 11:40 AM
i deff want some of those.

Lexinverts
10-01-2011, 04:41 PM
Andy..very nice looking orange shrimp!!I will have to get my hands on some. My previous batch of orange shrimps are holding their own but the population is not increasing very fast. If these are related to cherry reds, I suspect they will be a lot more reproductive. Did you get these in from Germany??Best of luck with them! Chuck

Thanks Chuck. No, that attempt to get orange shrimp out of Germany ended up being a boondoggle that produced no shrimp. These orange shrimp came from a breeder in Canada and the strain came from China or Taiwan originally. These are much nicer than the German strain, anyway.

Now I need to convince Coryologist that these shrimp are worth $400 each to cover my losses from the Germany project!
How 'bout it Frank?

Lexinverts
10-01-2011, 04:48 PM
What type of lens are you using? I was trying to find a lens for my digital camera but Sony only made a "wide angle" and a "telephoto" lens neither of which would work.

My fish/invert photography is pretty low-tech. I just use a Canon Powershot digital with a macro function. The key is illuminating the animal with a good light so you don't have to use the camera flash. I usually put the animals in a plastic specimen container. Then I illuminate the animal with a 6700K (daylight) lamp. This gives me the best color. If you use your flash, most of the time you will get reflection from the glass and / or your subject with be over-exposed. The pictures in this post were taken quickly in the aquarium---I'll get some nicer shots soon of these guys in a specimen container.

Martin_G
10-01-2011, 09:48 PM
I have a Sony DSC-W150 . It does take nice pics under normal circumstances but even with the "macro" function it won't "blow-up" or "magnify" the shrimp. There are accessory lenses for it but one is "wideangle" and the other is a "telephoto" lens which IMO are useless!

I might just get an old OM-1 camera and get a decent lens for it, or trade my digital camera in on something better!