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How about a shrimp as a pet?

An upcoming workshop is your beginner's guide to keeping the crustacean at home

Blue Shrimp
Blue Shrimp

You may not be able to buy much for Rs 20, but it can get you a vibrant Red Cherry Shrimp that you can keep as a pet. Piqued? This weekend, a shrimp workshop will encourage enthusiasts to keep, rear, and later breed shrimp in their homes.

Tiger Shrimp
Tiger Shrimp

This workshop is for hobbyists and beginners. It will be conducted by Abhisek Mallick, a strategy consultant from Bengaluru, in association with Powai-based Zen Aqua Living (ZAL). "People in India are not aware of how to keep shrimp. They go to a local fish shop, buy the shrimp, dump them in an aquarium and then get frustrated when they don't survive," says Mallick, the founder of Shrimpy Trade.

Metallic Boa Shrimp
Metallic Boa Shrimp

This workshop is about the basics - the different shrimp available, what tanks to use, what to add in the tanks, and diseases to look out for. There will also be a brief look at sourcing the proper minerals, medicines and food. "Our focus is first to teach people to keep them alive and then moving on to enriching their experience," adds Mallick, who has conducted several such workshops. He will do a live demonstration on how to create the perfect shrimp tank. Mallick imports his shrimp from Taiwan and Germany.

Red German Pinto Shrimp
Red German Pinto Shrimp

"There are finer details to keeping shrimp," says Ravi Khowal, founder of (ZAL). "For instance, few know that India's temperatures are not favourable to keeping shrimp so you need a chiller tank. These can cost between Rs 20, 000 to Rs 3 lakh. The shrimp themselves can cost between Rs 20 and Rs 2.5 lakh (Metallic Boa)."

Abhisek Mallick
Abhisek Mallick

The event will also include a display and sale of exotic shrimp. Participants will be handed goodies like minerals and shrimp food.

On: February 12, 11 am to 2 pm
AT: Zen Aqua Living, 4, Virdi villa, opposite IIT Powai main gate, Powai.
CALL: 9773499386 (seats are limited, so book early)
COST: Rs 300

Making it a Hobby

  • Shrimp-keeping is a decade-old hobby. It was initially introduced by Japanese aquarist Takashi Amano, primarily as algae cleaning crew in planted (nature) aquariums.
  • Shrimp-keeping is growing popular because of their striking colour, oddball features/antics, convenience, wide range of varieties and also ease in cross and selective breeding.

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