Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Citrus Heights, CA
I bought 7 in may and lost 2 right away. Ended up with 3 males and 2 females. Both females berried smaller than any shrimp I have seen. Moved them from CT to CA while still berried. Both held their babies through the trip. One released after a week and the other a week later. I now have 30-40 babies, not bad for them going into a brand new tank. That being said almost 3 months later neither female has reberried. I have found them to be extremely sensitive if things are not absolutely spot on. You can see pretty quickly if things are not to their liking. That is the problem only buying a few, if you lose one there is no chance for breeding. Also there would probably be no guarantee you will get a male and a female as most people sell before they can be sexed. You also have a very narrow gene pool with only a few shrimp which with in a few generations will become weak from inbreeding. I was able to breed oebt like cockroaches and have struggled to get breeding with these since the move, they are not a beginner shrimp by any means.
I would wait till you have the funds to buy 10 or more if i was you. Think you would have the best chance for survivors and and a good male tp female ratio. There is a reason very few people are successfully keepimg these shrimp in america and years later prices really have not gone down much.