Breeding Ghost Shrimp? Help!
I went to my LFS to find something cute to add to my 20 gallon, and purchased 3 Ghost Shrimp. They are about .5 inches long, and one of them has what seems to be green eggs. Anyhow, the tank has sponge filters, and is around 75 degrees, so the tank is fine. Here is the problem, I would love to breed them and start a colony. My biggest concern is that there is a small catfish in the tank. He is a channel catfish and about 2 inches long. You may be thinking: "How do you plan on keeping them alive, let alone breeding them!". Well, I have had them in the tank with him for about three days. He notices them, but only eats the brine shrimp that I place in the tank, and doesn't even bother them. I read online that if there is a predator in the tank, that the chances of any larvae surviving is minimal. So I have two solutions, and wanted your opinions
1. Leave them in the tank and let nature run its course. Maybe he won't eat them all, and maybe they will live and continue breeding.
2. Separate the pregnant female into a 2 gallon fishbowl with water and plants from the fish tank, and when the eggs hatch, remove her, then remove the young when they are born into shrimp from the larvae stage. The problem with this is that I cannot heat a fish bowl, and the water always seems colder than it should be...
Thanks for any advice, I don't have a lot to work with, and I would love to see this work. Thanks!