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    Question Shrimp scene in Houston

    Aloha everyone! I just moved to Houston from Honolulu and was thinking about getting back into the planted tank hobby because I have a lot of free time and enjoyed the hobby previously.

    I wanted to get some dwarf shrimp since I never had access to them before in Hawaii, but I'm having a hard time sourcing them. People always say Houston has pretty much everything, so where can I get some high quality shrimp in town?

    When I did a Google search, the all the results were from several years ago. Has the fad already died out in Houston?

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    I get my shrimp from aquabid. I've seen shrimp offered here, & I went to a talk about shrimp that was well attended, I think last year. The only shrimp I have in quantity now are not a dwarf.

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    Hello smootie & welcome to Texas and to Houston.

    I too am somewhat new to the Houston area and getting back into the hobby after a few years out. I kept mini shrimp in the past and would source them from the internet, but finding a good quality local source would be fantastic!
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    I kept mini shrimp in the past and would source them from the internet, but finding a good quality local source would be fantastic!
    If I find a local seller I'll let you know! Mail ordering in this heat is something I'd like to avoid.

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    fyi, I received 2 different sets of shrimp in the past 30 days; one was packaged as you would expect and shipped priority and everything was great. They are a blue rili and they even sent me some berried females!
    The other was shipped regular mail, in an uninsulated box, no cold pack. The breather bag was in a Styrofoam cup with no lid. And all but 2 made it alive and looking good. 1 was dead and I presume the other died and was eaten. They are awesome yellow shrimp with the strip on top.

    As for a local breeder, I know there is a guy in Pasadena who I've bought from on aquabid. He had blue tiger shrimp, Sulawesi Cardinal shrimp and crystal shrimp. His Aquabid name is Ark. I don't see any recent shrimp listings for him, but he's got some guppies for sale.
    Guppies:
    Hi-fin pepper Cory's, Black Cory's, Long Fin Golden Aneus, Swordtails, some lyretail(RREA's, Red, Albino Koi, Red & Gold Tux), Different types of BN plecos(albino, calico, long fin, blue eyed short & long fin)
    Mystery Snails, Yellow Shrimp, CPDs

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    If you're still looking (only 6 months late to the party)....

    Fish Gallery (Fountainview/59 location) usually has a few varieties of different dwarf shrimp, including some very high quality sakura RCS or even maybe low-grade painted fire. I don't particularly care for their prices on the non-RCS (like $9/ea for a black carbon cull? No thanks) but I do like to pop in and check their stock. This store has the most variety I have found so far (blue dream, black carbon, pumpkin, golden back, PFR) but can be hit or miss depending on what time of the week you go.

    ADG (Pearland, 288/BW8) has some nice CRS/CBS and maybe some golden back yellow somethings (I haven't been in a month or so). I can't recall what their pricing looked like though.. I'm sure they'd be happy to let you get in on a group buy as they did for me when I was inquiring about their plants.

    Aquarium World (290) has RCS but the grade is usually really bad and I would never pay their prices. Doesn't stop me from looking every weekend I go though, lol

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