There’s a new citizen in the Shrimphaus! Recently a juvenile bloody mary shrimp has started openly exploring. It seems strange that there is only one so far, but there was a mother shrimp that dropped most of her eggs and maybe this is one she held onto. The new shrimp has already successfully moulted and has been touring the slate and plants in the Shrimphaus. I take it as a good sign that the shrimp overall are happy and healthy.
The newcomer first showed up about a week ago, which would have been around 6 weeks since the shrimp first went into their home. If I had to guess based on neocaridina lifecycle, this youngling has been hiding out for a couple weeks before debuting. I do think there are some other females in there with eggs so there may be some younger siblings on the way as well.
Shrimp like to hang out upside down
The shrimp seem to enjoy hanging upside down from the under surface of the river run. I don’t know if this is a practice that ordinarily goes unobserved, but it’s a pretty common sight in the Shrimphaus. In the photo above there are three resting upside down (juvenile on the far right) and one more slightly out of focus right-side up sitting in the river itself on the top of the slate shelf. Sitting in the flow of the river is something the shrimp also seem to enjoy.