Mysis Shrimp

Mysis is a genus of mysid crustaceans in the family Mysidae, distributed mainly in the coastal zone of the Arctic and high boreal seas. Several species also inhabit northern freshwater lakes and the brackish Caspian Sea. Fifteen species are recognised. Body lengths range from 1 to 3 centimetres (0.4 to 1.2 in).

Frozen Mysis Shrimp are extremely nutritious and all your fish will eat them ferociously.

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Facts About Mysis Shrimp

They are macroscopic crustaceans and although they are called 'shrimp' they are not true shrimp. Because females carry their fry in a pouch at the base of their legs in an almost marsupial manner, they are also called 'Opossum Shrimp'. The biggest they grow is to about an inch, so they are generally larger than Brine Shrimp.

Mysis Shrimp vs Brine Shrimp

When it comes to frozen food mysis is much more efficient as a food source for the inhabitants in your saltwater aquarium. It has more proteins and is enriched with nutrients. On the other hand, brine shrimp have little to no nutrients but is cheaper. This means that fish will appear to enjoy mysis more. In terms of live food, mysis shrimp are not as readily available and live brine is very healthy for your fish, unlike frozen brine. Both have their benefits and their downsides but we recommend brine shrimp for live foods and mysis for frozen food.

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