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Old 03/07/2006, 06:08 AM   #1
Joao Monteiro
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Visiting the Lysmata seticaudata Kingdom

Hi there,

I visited Lusoreef, Lda. a Portuguese company that began producing the aiptasia eaters Monaco shrimp (Lysmata seticaudata) and has subsequently extended its activity to cleaning crews (nassarius, ophiurus, amphiurus, hermit crabs, turbos, etc).

On an experimental basis they are also trying other Lysmatas, like debelius (fire shrimp) amboinensis (cleaner shrimp) and grabhami.

They´re core business, however, is still Lysmata seticaudata where Lusoreef is one of the major producers is Europe.

I attach some photos that prove that there are some very good companies in Portugal (not many, unfortunately) dedicated to our hobby and preserving the reefs with captive bred species.

Arrival at Lusoreef

View of the production room

A group of breeders (L. seticaudata)

The net used to capture the new hatches, that are counted (one by one...) and pass to the juvenil tanks

The "tropical room" where experiments with L.debelius, amboinensis and grabhammi take place

A very young Lysmata debelius

The cleaning crew´s room

Tanks with nassarius (left) and Ophiurus (right)

Hope you enjoy the photos.


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Old 03/07/2006, 11:50 AM   #2
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More proof that aquaculture is the wave of the future. Thanks for sharing.


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Old 03/07/2006, 05:32 PM   #3
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ive never heard them called monaco shrimp, love to hear new names of things, nice photos too

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Old 03/08/2006, 03:14 AM   #4
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Lysmata seticaudata (Risso, 1816)

English : Monaco shrimp

French : Bouc / Crevette monégasque

Portuguese : Camarão limpador do Mónaco

Castelhano : Camarón monegasco

Italian : Gamberetto rosso

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Old 03/08/2006, 07:42 AM   #5
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Edit: I stuck my foot in my mouth. They aren't what we call Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni). I was thinking it was something else

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Old 03/08/2006, 07:45 AM   #6
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Hi there Travis,

I do believe that "Pepermint shrimp" is the Lysmata wurdemanni .

Although similar to the L. seticaudata, it is not the same species.

It is also said to be a more agressive species than the seticaudata

Edit: I saw your editing. Ok, we agree

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Old 03/08/2006, 10:20 PM   #7
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those photos are great. not often most of us get to see the inside of an operation like that.



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Old 03/20/2006, 12:55 PM   #8
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Those are amazing pix! How many zoid stages do these undergo? How long do they remain larval? I heard that was the biggest stumbling block to culturing shrimp (very long larval stages where they are planktonic and difficult to feed, etc. (Sallie Boggs, PhD at NERAC II conference, Long Island) She would be very interested to see this!

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Old 03/20/2006, 01:30 PM   #9
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Hi there, Evergreen

I´ve contacted my friend that manages Lusoreef for the information you´ve asked and this is it:

- Lysmata seticaudata (the ones the produce) - 9 zoid stages, of average 3 days each. Mass settling at around 30 days;

- L. Debelius and amboinensis - 14 to 16 zoid stages. Settlement at around 60 days.
They´re trying these two species but, as you may know... its far from easy.
It´s their "Holly Graal chase"

I posted (above) a photo of one of their first Debelius.

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