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:

KH 0-3

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.

 Breeding tanks

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 handcraft 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 classic 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,  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.  2014 I close that fan page and did a new with our brand ‘SHRIMP ART’.

In my opinion, selective breeding is an art form. Thus I started to call my way of keeping and breeding shrimp

‘Shrimp Art’.


Shrimp Art Tigerbees is the name for  shrimp I am breeding, my lineages and the strains I developed. SAFARI  is a highly speczialised  variant  from hybrids of Crystal Shrimp x C. mariae ‘ Blue’ and ‘ Black’.   They are pure breed for Safari pattern, without  backline influence.

However, my interest in nature are very multiple and not only limited to shrimp ! Examples:


A miniature landscape, created with some stones, moss and sand in a tiny glass. In Japan it calls ‘Saikei’ but they don’t do it in a glass….


A european hornbeam collected from the wild keeped as bonsai ( means tree in a pot).


Some creations with several native plants. In Japan it’s called ‘Kusamono’ and means grass- bonsai or moss-bonsai.

I also have been bred and kept multiply kinds of animals since childhood, reptiles and spiders included

Monika Pöhler




  1. Jerry Asper
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    Very good information! I remember a long while back searching the internet for more information on high end shrimp and I came across your blog “Mo’s Crazy Shrimps” and it was the first time I realized I also wanted to try and develop my own creations. I was completely blown away by what you were doing and to this day I continue to be amazed at your deep knowledge of genetics and how to properly breed selectively. 🙂 I always look forward to see what you do next!


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