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What is this cherry doing?

I have a few females that I think have eggs, what is this one doing, massaging the eggs? I thought she was having babies, my hands got tired lol!

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I think they do that to keep the eggs from going sterile. My cherries do the same thing. You'll soon have lots more babies!

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Oh ok, false alarm lol!
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she is "aerating" the eggs, making sure oxygen reaches all the eggs.

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Yep. Most times you'll see it referred to as "fanning" the eggs. While mama shrimps don't have quite the same issues, it's really not much different than nesting birds turning and shuffling eggs around in the nest to make sure they all develop properly.

If you have a female who's carrying a really small egg mass--either from having dropped some or just having a small batch--you can easily see when she's fanning them how freely the eggs can move around. I've also seen mine fan particularly vigorously when the eggs are hatching, helping to disperse the shrimplets from the main mass. Very cool to watch if you're lucky enough in your timing.
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I really thought those eggs were falling the way she was going at it, they were almost falling off. Yeah I hope I catch it when they're really giving birth.
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I have seen this aeration of the eggs as well.
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