Once upon a time, about 4 years ago, when I was new to the planted tank hobby, I had the surprise of finding a few of my Amano shrimp carrying eggs. I was excited about the possibility of breeding them, but breeding info was hard to find, and I didn't have any luck....
I gave up on the idea back then, and put it on the backburner.
A few months ago I purchased about 40 Amano shrimp from xcooperx to help keep my main tank clean, and they happily went to work in my 125 gal.
Earlier this week I noticed that several females were carrying eggs. The bug bit me and I became inspired. A few searches later, I found that a few people had been successful in breeding these recently. I was pleased to find much more info about this than there was back in the day. Here are two of the sites I read up about this on.
Bolstered by reading of some success, I decided to give it a shot. A critical key to success seemed to be the necessity of transferring the larval shrimp to full saltwater shortly after being released by the mother shrimp. "Hmmm...," I thought. It seems I'd have to set up a saltwater rearing tank or two. I pondered the possibility of traveling to the beach (about 45 minutes away) to get some fresh seawater instead of reconstituting some seawater, but remained undecided.
My wife and I recently had the pleasure of being blessed with a baby girl. It's been wonderful, but she seems to have her days and nights reversed. The night before Thanksgiving, I had been up with the baby all night. The lack of sleep had taken it's toll, and in a state of delirium I decided at 5:00 in the morning to take an early trip to the beach, despite the fact that it was cold and nasty outside!
As you can see, the wind was blowing sand all over the place.
Here's me at the shore.
A shot of the beach.
Now, it may seem strange to go to the beach to get seawater, but there is a method to my madness. I figured the best way to give a freshly setup saltwater rearing tank a kick start would be to use fresh saltwater and sand straight from the source. Hopefully it would be inoculated with bacteria, algae and other critters to help give the shrimplets and their tank a good start.
Not only that, but the beach isn't too far away. It was also an opportunity to collect seaweed for my compost pile, as well as do some beachcombing for Seabeans.
More pics in a little bit.