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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-08-2012, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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Red cherry shrimp breeding

I'm about to get 6 cherry shrimp and put them in my fluvial spec aquarium. What are the chances of them breeding?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-08-2012, 02:11 AM
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What are your parameters? As long as they're reasonable and you have male and females. They will breed.
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if you truely have males and females, and you keep them in some water, they will breed hahaha
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if you truely have males and females, and you keep them in some water, they will breed hahaha
That's the truth. Just make sure your water is always clean and you change it. It isn't hard at all to breed them. I started my first CRS tank 2 months ago with just 22 of them, and I'm well over 100 and it's nothing fancy except I do weekly water changes.

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um i can't remember but i think its only 2 gallons. i do have a good amount of java moss and java fern in it though
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You have to at least have one pair with 6 shrimp. So with decent water and a little patient, they WILL breed. Heck, my first batch of shrimp had 3 berried mommas one week after I litteraly threw them into an uncycled tank. I think I only did a WC once a month. They're some tough little buggers.
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Where are you getting the shrimp? With only 6 shrimp there is no guarantee you'll get a male and a female. There are numerous posts on here from people who bought 10 shrimp and who figured out that they wound up with 10 females a few months later when the shrimp wouldn't breed.

If it's via mail order, politely ask the sender to try to include both males and females. There's still a reasonable possibility of getting a single sex batch, especially if you're getting juvenile shrimp.

If it's from a store, look for adult shrimp, well colored. Females are slightly larger, have thicker tails, and tend to much redder. They also often have either eggs (are 'berried') or their ovaries are prominent (they are 'saddled', visible as a large yellow patch across the back.) Males have thinner tails, are slightly smaller, and tend to be more poorly colored (and of course they won't have either eggs or ovaries showing...) It's fairly easy to ID the females, but the males and juvenile females can look an awful lot alike.

If you're ordering from a hobbyist, locally or via mail, you're in luck. Again, ask for both sexes and request at least 1 adult of each. Anyone who keeps shrimp for long should be able to ID the sexes fairly well.

Once you get the shrimp and they've adjusted to your tank (which I assume is cycled and free of predators, usually a betta in a tank like this) then they'll breed. It might take them 3 months to start, and if they're juveniles when you get them it'll be another 1-2 months on top of that, but once they start they don't stop.
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