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Any One Kept Giant Fairy Shrimp In Aquarium?


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Posted 26 September 2007 - 05:45 PM

I was wondering if anyone able to kept and breeding these whopper sized fairy shrimp in aquarium? I was reading in beavertails in other forum and I was shocked to see that size of huge shrimp and it got me interesting into them because I never saw that one in my whole life. I learned new thing today! So I tried googled it for how to take care of giant fairy shrimp...but no answers. So any tips?

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 10:28 AM

I had only 2 giant fairy shrimp eggs, but was unable to get them to hatch. I would love to try again. Do you have a source for the eggs?

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:17 PM

I had about 10, but they all would die after about a week, so I gave up on them.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:19 PM

I had about 10, but they all would die after about a week, so I gave up on them.


Where did you collect them?

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 12:08 AM

there are a couple seelers on Aquabid offering fairy shrimp eggs right now

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 12:09 AM

there are a couple seelers on Aquabid offering fairy shrimp eggs right now


I have thousands of fairy shrimp eggs. Are you saying someone is offering eggs of Branchinecta gigas?

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:43 AM

I have thousands of fairy shrimp eggs. Are you saying someone is offering eggs of Branchinecta gigas?


Oops my bad. They are calling theirs Sirindhorn Fairy Shrimps (Streptocephalus sirindhornae) from Thailand

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 04:02 PM

I want to find some source for giant fairy shrimp eggs so I can try to raising and breed them. But I don't know what's their requirements. What if I don't have smaller fairy shrimps to being fed to the giant shrimps, what's other opitions to replaced the smaller fairy shrimps? And I have triops before but it was just one time. I really want trying these giant fairy shrimp out.

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 02:06 PM

I would recommend culturing them in something like a large bucket... or a plastic garbage can. I am not sure what they eat, but try algae mixes, live plants, and/or fish foods. I've never cultured them but these general culture rules work for most freshwater stuff. You may also try putting some dead leaves on the bottom. I'd recommend and air stone but then again for other freshwater sp. I've heard no air stone.

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 06:12 PM

I would recommend culturing them in something like a large bucket... or a plastic garbage can.


Its nice that youre trying to help, but apparently you know nothing about this species. You would need a large aquarium, stock tank or swimming pool to raise fairy shrimp this size. Also fairy shrimp need more surface area than water depth so you want to go with something wide and shallow rather than a bucket or garbage can.

I am not sure what they eat, but try algae mixes, live plants, and/or fish foods. I've never cultured them but these general culture rules work for most freshwater stuff. You may also try putting some dead leaves on the bottom.


They are carnivores and eat other species of fairy shrimp. All that stuff you mention might feed their food.


I'd recommend and air stone but then again for other freshwater sp. I've heard no air stone.


Im not sure what species of fairy shrimp youve heard does well with an airstone. You can use an airstone to stir up the water for the first 24 hours, but after that an air stone would bash the shrimp against the sides and kill them. They live in temporary pools with no current- basically giant mud puddles.

For those of you who think you know what were talking about, but may not, this is it-
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Posted 28 December 2007 - 06:32 PM

Now THAT is one cool critter! Being carnivores, do they eat anything that could be cultured more easily than other fairy shrimp? Would they catch brine shrimp before they died?

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 05:42 PM

Does anyone know of any legal restrictions on collecting fairy shrimp in Ohio? I came across a few vernal pools today that were just swarming with these things! (not the giants) I had no idea that we had them in Ohio. They are pinkish and anywhere from 1/4" to 1" long. Really cool critters!
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My next mission is to locate freshwater jellyfish!

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 06:01 PM

My next mission is to locate freshwater jellyfish!


Lake Tanganyika in Africa has them.

There is also the "jellyfish lake" in Palau, but I'm pretty sure those are seriously protected...

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 06:28 PM

My next mission is to locate freshwater jellyfish!

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 07:25 PM

Apparently, Craspedacusta sowerbii, the Freshwater Jellyfish can be found in late summer throughout the world, including all across North America. They just "show up" in lakes and ponds here and there every few years. It is a matter of being at the right place at the right time. I've just never had the good fortune of doing that.
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Please, as to the Fairy Shrimp question? Anyone? Anyone at all? [-o<

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 09:43 PM

Does anyone know of any legal restrictions on collecting fairy shrimp in Ohio?


You may find some information here: http://www.theoec.or...VernalPools.htm

I dont see any branchiopods on Ohios T&E list, so I would think as long as you have landowner permission, you could collect them legally, unless Ohio has restrictive DNR policies.

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 09:48 PM

Maybe this will help:

Ohio Vernal Pool Partnership

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 10:51 PM

I've sort of diverted the original poster's thread so I'll start a new one on this subject. ....With pics!

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 07:07 PM

Now THAT is one cool critter! Being carnivores, do they eat anything that could be cultured more easily than other fairy shrimp? Would they catch brine shrimp before they died?


Daphnia magna should be a good source of food for them, Daphnia magna are easy to culture in large quantities.

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 07:41 AM

Has anyone since this thread appeared found a source for Giant Fairy Shrimp (Branchinecta Gigas) eggs?  Arizonafairyshrimp.com is currently out of stock.  Out of curiosity, are they edible?  I see that ducks and shorebirds like them.  Thanks.






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