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Macrobrachium lanchesteri - Glass shrimp, Ghost shrimpMagyarul / Hungarian
Macrobrachium lanchesteri - Glass shrimp, Ghost shrimpMacrobrachium lanchesteri - Glass shrimp, Ghost shrimpMacrobrachium lanchesteri - Glass shrimp, Ghost shrimpMacrobrachium lanchesteri - Glass shrimp, Ghost shrimp
  • Scientific name: Macrobrachium lanchesteri
  • Synonyms: Palaemon (Eupalaemon) lanchesteri, Cryphiops lanchesteri, Palaemon paucidens
  • Common name: Glass shrimp, Ghost shrimp
  • Group: Freshwater invertebrates
  • Habitat: Southeast Asia; Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia
  • Size: male: 6-8 cm, female: 5-6 cm
  • Biotope: Found in standing and slowly flowing rivers, swamps and ricelands, often in the shallow water.
  • Social behavior: Males can be quite aggressive with each other, especially when they are kept in a too small tank. They can also predate small or slow moving fish. It is best kept in a species-only tank.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; unfussy eater, they are opportunistic scavengers in the wild, and will readily accept any live and dried foods in the aquarium. They will also eat some algae or plant matter.
  • Breeding: Quite hard
  • Tank: Minimum 40 litres
  • Population: 3-4 shrimp for 60 litres
  • Decoration: Provide many hiding places such as clay pipe, rocks and hollow roots. Use sand as substarte.
  • Temperature: 18-30 °C
  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • Hardness: 4-30 NK°
  • Lifespan: 3-4 years

Description: Glass shrimp is transparent with brown to black stripes on the front body. It is the most common species in Thailand, and is sold in markets all over Thailand, mainly for food. Macrobrachium lanchesteri is a hardy species, adapting well to almost all kinds of freshwater. Their aquarium must be covered, as they are very good jumpers especially when scared.

Males are larger, and they also have an obviously longer and larger set of claws than the females. The females carry the fertilised eggs in their abdomen area. It takes about 3-4 weeks for the eggs to hatch. This species has an abbreviated larval stage of about 2-3 weeks. Young shrimp require brineshrimp naupli for initial food.

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