SHRIMP ART refers to shrimp we breed, our lineages and the strains developed as new color variants from hybrids of Caridina cantonensis species. Some have developed from scratch since 2008.
The water parameters are as follows:
Conductivity 150-300 microsiemens
pH 6.2 – 7.2
We also keep some projects with different Tiger variants.
You can find out more about the development of tigerbees since 2008 till 2014 and a lot of pics I took during the process in Monikas German blog archive.
The breeding setup currently maintance 20-30 aquaria with a volume of between 16 and 100 liters.
Thus it need a carefully plan and think through every new approach, a long time ahead. This is german handycraft and we don’t do mass production.
Shrimp Arts philosophy is shrimp ought to be kept in as natural, robust and uncomplicated a way as possible. We respect our shrimps and for that they show us their full beauty.
Healthy and vital shrimp are the very basis for successful sustained breeding, and need to get absolute priority before beauty, exclusiveness or mass. ( Monika Pöhler B&K 2014)
Temperatures are between 16° and 27 °C, depending on the season, similar as original habitat of Caridina cf. cantonensis in south china. The lighting is on between 10 and 12 hours a day.
Shrimp regularly take a winter break during which they stopp reproducing. This natural breeding break leads shrimp in harmony with nature. They become strong, healthy with long life. You will be rewarded with high number of offspring in spring/early summer and barely diseases.
I started with shrimp in 2008, and back then I already began crossbreeding them from scratch as one of the first in the world.
I wanted to explore the breeding behavior and the phenotypes of two different kinds of shrimp and i called this exciting journey “Safari”. So it calls one of my lines now.
I used Caridina mariae and German breeds thereof like those known as Blue Tiger and Black Tiger, and Japanese breeds of Crystal Black Shrimp and Chrystal Red Shrimp, developed from Caridina logemanni .
I used no other kinds of Tiger Shrimp, only hybrids of Crystal Shrimp x C. mariae ‘ Blue’ and ‘Black’ for Safari shrimps.
In the beginning I shared the first results in different shrimp communities, and after my continued success in breeding I started my first blog, where I showed pics, under the name ‘Mo’s Crazy Shrimps’.
You can read about my first steps and results in it, but unfortunately it’s all written in German. I am keeping it as an archive .
After a while, in 2012, I created a page about my shrimp on Facebook, too, and reached very many shrimp lovers in all the world and got into contact with them. In the meantime my shrimp won some awards at national and international contests and I wrote a few articles for shrimp magazines. One of them was published in more than 30 countries.
In my opinion, selective breeding is an art form. Thus I started to call my way of keeping and breeding shrimp
Shrimp Art Tigerbees is the name for shrimp I am breeding, my lineages and the strains I developed as a new variant from hybrids of Crystal Shrimp x C. mariae ‘ Blue’ and ‘ Black’. All of them are tigerbees, bee-influenced tigers and tiger-influenced bees.
However, my interest in nature are very multiple and not only limited to shrimp ! Examples: