Saturday, May 2, 2009

New Tank Arrivals - Enter the Cherry Shrimp

One festive evening, J. dropped by for the much-anticipated Fish N' Shrimp swap-a-roo. He brought ten lively little Cherry Shrimp, and we scooped up the older 5 baby fish (the ones that were turning orangey). In went the little shrimp, and out came the little fish. It was a good old fashioned exchange program!

The littlest baby fish were very curious of the new arrivals. They hurried over to meet the exchange students.
The long whiskered arrivals did not seem to mind the curious babies.
They scooted about the tank, swimming very fast indeed, exploring every nook and cranny.
The new Cherry Shrimp are still young, so it is a little harder to tell which ones are male and female. The males will stay the greyish, red striped colour they are now, while the females will be a nice cherry red all over when mature.
They are very good at swimming fast with the many paddles on their undersides, and they can scuttle up the walls and stand upside down on the plants. I like them very much!

The little orange babies that went over to J's tank are doing well too. He says that they are easy to find in his big tank because they inevitably come to stare at him when he peers inside. Those little fellas are well-trained. They know those giant faces mean food!

Have a happy weekend!


readingsully2 said...

So much fun. Great shots.

Cherry Tart Design said...

What a great story and really cool photos!

Joyce said...

Wow, great pictures!!! The shrimp is beautiful!

niftyknits said...

I always enjoy your fishtails/tales said...

Aww, thanks everyone!