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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-27-2013, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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I've had these shrimp for awhile now and always spot berried females but never end up with any babies. I've read they are the type that has a larval stage and I've also read they don't. Is there anyone out there that keep these shrimp and had success with breeding? Is there something I could be doing wrong?


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I've had these shrimp for awhile now and always spot berried females but never end up with any babies. I've read they are the type that has a larval stage and I've also read they don't. Is there anyone out there that keep these shrimp and had success with breeding? Is there something I could be doing wrong?


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Malawa doesn't need larval stage for successful breeding. do you have a picture of the shrimp? are you sure it is Malawa shrimp?
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Yeah those are Malawa, any fish in the tank?
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Malaya have the larval stage. People get them confused.


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Next time you see a berried female try to isolate the shrimp and see if the eggs dropped before the hatching date, unless your shrimp are Malaya which I doubt it based on the picture.
Usually the eggs of the shrimp that need larval stage are smaller in size than the ones that don't need it.
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Okay I might try isolating her this weekend.


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Okay still no shrimplets and the mother I isolated is still full of eggs. All the others that were berried with her all have dropped most if not all the eggs already. Despite watching the tank for hours I have yet to see anything until tonight. On the sides of the tank towards the very top I see what look like tiny dots with legs(horrible description I know). At first I thought it was just regular tank pests but after watching they move faster than that those pests do. Granted they look nothing like miniature shrimp that I'm use to with cherries, blue bees, or any of my others. They resemble more like a larval stage?? This is driving me nuts.


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Okay still no shrimplets and the mother I isolated is still full of eggs. All the others that were berried with her all have dropped most if not all the eggs already. Despite watching the tank for hours I have yet to see anything until tonight. On the sides of the tank towards the very top I see what look like tiny dots with legs(horrible description I know). At first I thought it was just regular tank pests but after watching they move faster than that those pests do. Granted they look nothing like miniature shrimp that I'm use to with cherries, blue bees, or any of my others. They resemble more like a larval stage?? This is driving me nuts.


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The tiny dots could be Copepods, let's wait and see what will happen to the eggs of the female that you isolated.
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Finally have baby Malawa. She's still holding a few more eggs, but there are new tiny shrimplets swimming around the bottom of the breeder box. Thanks for all the advice!!


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Finally have baby Malawa. She's still holding a few more eggs, but there are new tiny shrimplets swimming around the bottom of the breeder box. Thanks for all the advice!!


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Great, now we need to know why you didn't have success at the main tank. What kind of filtration you have there?
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I've read that Malawa babies are smaller when they hatch, but I don't recall where I read it. It may make them more vulnerable in their first few days. I can't find a source, so it's probably just bunk.

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*shrugs* Having a tank of lots of Malawa, the babies look to be the same size as RCS babies.


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