Above is a female Red Claw Shrimp
Above is a nicely colored dark mature male Red Claw Shrimp
Red Claw Shrimp
Native to: Macrobrachium assamense originates from East Himalayan waters, Chota Nagpur and Satpura, and mountainous parts of Burma.
PH: 6.9 – 8.2
Temp: 20 – 30°C (68 – 86°F)
Hardness: 3 (gH); 1.5 (kH)
The male Red Claw Shrimp can reach 8 cm in length; females are shorter at 6 cm. This species has a brownish appearance – but can vary from a light yellow-brown color to a dark brown – and a transparent carapax; males have huge red tongs with black stripes. Females are usually light green; eggs are a dark green color. The Red Claw Shrimp will eat anything – pest snails, live or frozen food, dead animals, and more. You might consider feeding it fish food pellets, flakes, algae or wafers. It will even enjoy fresh vegetables from time to time. Macrobrachium assamense have an interesting style of courtship in which the male uses his tongs to hug the female. The female Red Claw Shrimp will carry 20 – 60 fertilized eggs for a couple of weeks before hatching. This species is relatively easy to breed. Keeping several Macrobrachium assamense in a 10 gallon tank is fine; for larger numbers of these guys you will need at least 20 gallons or more. Allow plenty of wood, rocks or decoration so the shrimp can create territories and hiding spaces.
Shipping sizes vary but these are a larger-sized shrimp, usually no less than 1" and no more than 3"