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Old 01-01-2013, 05:53 AM   #1
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Shrimp has been berried for almost 4 weeks...


4 weeks ago, I got a berried fire red shrimp
at my LFS. It's been 4 weeks now and it still
hasn't given birth yet. Is there something
wrong?
If she gives birth, will the babies be safe
with two tiny 1 cm guppy fry? The female also
doesn't look as red as my other females, (she's red but
has a lot of clear cracks) will she get
better color after the pregnancy?
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:54 AM   #2
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She'll be givin birth soon.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:37 AM   #3
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Mine gave birth at about 4 weeks so I think they should pop out anytime soon. Oh and idk if the babies will be fine with the fry. They're really really small! it would be hard for any fish to not mistake them as food
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4 weeks ago, I got a berried fire red shrimp
at my LFS. It's been 4 weeks now and it still
hasn't given birth yet. Is there something
wrong?
If she gives birth, will the babies be safe
with two tiny 1 cm guppy fry? The female also
doesn't look as red as my other females, (she's red but
has a lot of clear cracks) will she get
better color after the pregnancy?
It usually takes about 30 days for gestation until hatching. Also they should hopefully be ok with the guppy fry, however its my personal rule that if I care if the shrimp live or not I dont keep fish with them. And no the females red coloring wont improve after giving birth.

But that doesnt mean the babies wont be fully red. Just cull (kill/move) any shrimps/babies that arnt 100% red if you care about the coloring of the colony.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:55 PM   #5
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I agree with the no fish if you care about the shrimp thang. Heck, shrimp are about the lowest on the feeding chain as they come.

While some females do color up better with being berried each time (such as PFR), when you see cracks of clear- that usually isn't affected at all.
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Yea, I tried to remove all the guppies, but since
my 30 gallon is so heavily planted, it's a pain to
get them all out, HOWEVER, today I managed to
remove the last two fry! While doing that, I saw
a baby shrimp hatch! Also, I have three saddled
females and I'm not sure if I even have one male
fire red...
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:41 PM   #7
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Through testing by German breeders, they determine temp has a big impact on the time of berried, at lest for Tiger shrimp which their experiments were done. There is a formula around somewhere I've posted a bunch of times that shows how it relates, so if you tank is on the cool side, like 65-70, it would take them an extra week or so to release as opposed to if your tank was 75-80.
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I keep mines at 73F.
So I think all the babies are out
now, how long would it take for
them to be 1cm? I've been feeding
the shrimp hikari algae wafers,
and some of them never seem
interested...
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I keep mines at 73F.
So I think all the babies are out
now, how long would it take for
them to be 1cm? I've been feeding
the shrimp hikari algae wafers,
and some of them never seem
interested...
A well established tank with lots of moss will have biofilm everywhere and that is what babies especially, as well as adults will eat. You don't need to feed often unless you have hundreds of shrimp in a tank, and besides most of the foods we feed are like "junk food" to them.
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