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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-27-2011, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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how large are baby cherry shrimp when they hatch?

A few of my females were berried for the past 3 weeks, so I'm expecting the eggs to hatch any time. I think some have because I've seen small 3 mm shrimplets swimming around.

I noticed today that when I look closer at the glass, I see these tiny 1 mm long and maybe 1/4 mm wide white specks that crawl along the glass and sometimes have a jerky movement. Are these freshly hatched shrimplets or are they too small for that?

I recently bought some christmas moss, so I suppose any number of bugs could've come on that. I don't have a magnifying glass so I can't get a better look at them for now.

Edit: Some of them are super tiny. I'm thinking maybe seed shrimp or cyclops
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-27-2011, 11:01 AM
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Baby shrimp are bigger than that and clearly recognizable as shrimp. I'm not familiar with the tiny critters but there is a sticky somewhere with pictures to help you identify them.

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Could just be cocepods all my tanks have em when I look really close
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my shrimp had babies awhile back I knew they were expecting but figured my fish had eaten the babies and then one morn I see all these babies crawling on my moss and when I went over to check them out the retreated back into the moss. I have a feeling they had been hiding in the moss for several weeks before I saw them.
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Newly hatched shrimp are considerably larger; visually speaking, they're far larger than the eggs they hatch out of.

I like this video which actually gets a clear shot at the moment of hatching.
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I would say cyclops. I have these. There is nothing wrong with them.
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from planet inverts, that is moss:
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