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post #1 of 87 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Breeding Amano / Yamato shrimp

Hi,

I am trying my first attempt at amano breeding and my zoes are already 17 days old.

I have cobbled together a mixture of ideas found on the net and have fingers crossed that some will make it through to adulthood.

Does anyone have success with this?

I split my zoes into two 19lt tanks with marine water of different chemistry and fed each a random mixture of phytoplankton and Liquizell.

I used this site mainly for my knowledge base:


I have stopped adding any more phytoplankton and Liquizell because my phytoplankton has multiplied and has turned the water so green that I can only see into the tank some 5cm but don't know if stopping feeding Liquizell is right or not.

I know I have zoes because when I shine a torch they all swim towards the light.

Pics here, taken with my super macro setting as larve only 2mm long




Any advice would be welcome

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post #2 of 87 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Additionally..

At day 15 my green water seemed to be fading slightly in one of my tanks. I don’t know whether this is because the culture is dying or perhaps the zoes are eating it. The zoes in this tank seem to be larger and more active than the second tank that is still deep green with phyto.

I have started a phytoplankton culture 21.09.12 (this is also new territory to me and Goggle say it should be ready after 8 days or so) this is so I can feed the zoes with a constant supply but now have two questions about this.

Q1 how much phyto should i add to the zoes tank?
Q2 should I do a partial water change in my zoes tank to allow existing culture and possibility new culture to multiply?

Additionally I have some Spirulina tablets, should I grind these to powder and feed also / instead as suggested in Knowledge Base?
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More pics.. the air stone for scale











I would welcome suggestions from anyone who has experience of what to do next
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i have nothing to give you in advice as i have never tried this, but really, good luck brother.

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I second that looks like a awsome project, something that is on my list of things to try.

Good luck please keep us posted on your success.
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I second that looks like a awsome project, something that is on my list of things to try.

Good luck please keep us posted on your success.

Assuming all okay with their survival i will post more picstures on their weekly anniversary ....
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Good luck brave adventurer!

It is a worthy quest!
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Definately keep us up to date and keep good notes to help others who might want to try this.

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This is my first attempt not just with Amano zoe’s but also am new to marine water and phytoplankton cultures which I am now growing for their feed so feel quite exposed to having problems with any part of my process.
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You're qtr of the way there.

I think if you can keep the cultures going you will have them survive. I don't think previous attempts on here included using a steady ample supply of phyto from what I recall reading.

Here's a link on culturing phyto

http://www.melevsreef.com/phytoplankton.html
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Here's a link on culturing phyto
Cheers for the link.. i have 3 x 1lt cultivation at the moment and have read this link before and used ideas from it.. i read also about failed amano breeding attempt due to lack of Phyto so really keen (and lucky I think) my phyto seems to be cultivating.

Am really worried about the next few weeks though as this seems to be the time when others before me have failed.
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I plan to put up pics at day 21 (this Sunday), and then every 7 days thereafter so fingers crossed and holding breath.
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I had some random thought to give them liquifry number 2 (as I had some left over from the past). I released a small drop just onto the water surface allowing it to spread on the water tension, when the particles began to sink the zoe’s just grabbed them. I assume they thought it was food, but as the liquifry began to sink so did the zoe’s into the murky depths of my phyto mix. Hope to see them tomorrow for their third week birthday as I want to take pics.

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Very impressive attempts.
How do you get the eggs to hatch though? Like, I know that the shrimp will breed in freshwater but that the eggs need saltwater to hatch and survive, so do you slowly bring the egg carrying females into salt water? It would be great to have these breeding in captivity, since as far as I know, they are all collected from the wild for the pet trade. besides, if you were able to constantly breed them, it could be profitable on the large scale perhaps.

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