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07-18-2013 09:12 PM
Subtletanks91 Yeah I always see the males swimming around in there. There kinda graceful, swimming upside down on the floaters. It's peaceful to watch.
07-18-2013 09:09 PM
crice8 My males have alot less color than my females and seem to swim in the open water alot more whereas my females stay on the gravel or plants.
07-18-2013 08:56 PM
Subtletanks91 Yeah that's what I have been trying to explain but the word eluded me. I have males And females in there. Must have just been what ss and ravens gate had said with the females fighting off the males
07-18-2013 06:41 PM
Loumeer Here is an example of some random google image search

07-18-2013 06:39 PM
Loumeer Females will have more rounded underbellies where the eggs are carried and males will be a bit smaller and look me streamlined underneath.

Originally Posted by Subtletanks91 View Post
So aside from the saddle, wich I can't see with my untrained shrimp eye haha, what's the sure fire way to determine sex, I thought there was a way to determine sex by the shape of the tail starting where the saddle is. One is more circular where the other is more narrow and straight?
07-18-2013 05:41 PM
Subtletanks91 So aside from the saddle, wich I can't see with my untrained shrimp eye haha, what's the sure fire way to determine sex, I thought there was a way to determine sex by the shape of the tail starting where the saddle is. One is more circular where the other is more narrow and straight?
07-18-2013 02:49 PM
ravensgate Just because they can find them doesn't mean they'll breed. Females can and DO fight off males. I've got a tank that's had stock in it for 7 months that not one shrimp has bred in. It happens. I've watched saddled females fend off suitors the entire few hours they are breedable and harden right back up with the saddle in tact (after so many times the saddle just reabsorbs).

As SS mentioned not all females have a stripe down their back. It's just part of coloration/pattern, not a true way to determine sex
07-18-2013 02:12 PM
Soothing Shrimp If you are talking neos, not all fems have the stripe on their back.
07-18-2013 05:44 AM
Subtletanks91 I positive there are males, unless my females decided to not have the tell tale white stripe on there back. I've been thinking about getting some new males and females to put in the tank, but I'm a bit broke ATM. To many medical bills.

My tank is small e nought they shouldn't have any trouble finding the females to mate after they molt, and there are no predatory fish in the tank.
07-17-2013 08:51 PM
ravensgate Once you get used to it you can see the saddles just fine. The only shrimp I've never been able to see a saddle on was a BKK. And again, even if they are saddled a male has to find them after they molt (and this is a limited amount of time afterwards) before they get bred obviously. And you're sure you have males in there right?
07-17-2013 07:50 PM
Subtletanks91 Oh haha, no I even confused myself a little! I seen one saddled three days ago, but since most of my shrimp are so red or blue I can't see under the shell.
07-17-2013 07:24 PM
ravensgate UMmm, no, though I'm probably misunderstanding you since I ave no idea what you are talking about. LOL

That's a saddle
07-17-2013 05:53 PM
Subtletanks91 By saddled you mean the pat of the shell that hangs down looks like and over shape on the tail, the yes all my females are saddled.
07-17-2013 03:17 PM
ravensgate Are they even saddled? Are they molting? You aren't going to see berried shrimp if they aren't saddled. If they are saddled, molting fine and not berrying that's because the males aren't finding them. It happens.
07-17-2013 12:33 PM
Originally Posted by Subtletanks91 View Post
Ok so I have been testing my nitrates for the past two days after my water change and they have been very steady, no change still at 5ppm

My question is why are my shrimp not berried still. I have male and female rcs, sakura, pfr, blue diomand, blueberry

Tank params are currently
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 5ppm

I don't have gh,kh, or tds meter.
Plenty of biofilm and plants and hiding spots
Only been a month.
Shrimp I care for (cherry) aren't alway's berried but seem to do the deed in spurt's.
Give em more time,and keep water quality up to snuff.
Babies are tiny, and you could have more than you know among the plant's.
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