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i got some cherrys about a month ago... and i didnt care about them too much so i dont have a sponge filter.. but now i have two very pregnant with beautiful yellow eggs...

problem is that i have a fluval filter with no spunge or anything and its in a 15 gallon tank... what is the best way to baby proof it...

could i put a ladies stocking over the filter... will that stop the babies from getting sucked up... or is there a spounge filter tip i can get for a fluval...

and how long do they carry eggs for

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They carry the eggs for a whole month... Mine are muddy green.. I think they're fertilized.. Yellow eggs not fertilized?

I see people put nylon stocking over the intake.. I don't have any on my nano tank.
 

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The fact that the eggs are yellow does not mean they're not fertilized. The color just varies.

I have a sponge from an AC-50 filter over my filter intake and I wrapped a piece of panty hose around that. I've never had a shrimp get sucked into the filter. Go for it! :)
 

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so my yellow eggs may be fertalized? i have read that they do sometimes just have different colours.
 

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Yes. If she's been holding onto them for more than a day or two, they probably are fertilized.
 

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Epic!! Stop watching that shrimp porn! :tongue:

Cwickham: You definitely need to cover that intake or the baby cherries will get sucked in. You'd be surprised though how they can survive in a filter. To cover the intake, I'd suggest putting a sponge on it. But you can easily use pantyhose, paint strainer netting, etc as others have suggested. I've tried the pantyhose, paint strainer netting, sponges and the best so far is the sponge (I had an extra one with my power filter so I used that). You can easily make your own though. Find those sponge filter media at your LFS/online and just cut it to fit your intake. Just make sure to get the right size sponge material. You want the fine/medium sponge instead of the coarse one.

BTW, my cherries have varying colored eggs and they "hatch". There have been many discussions on what the "color" of the eggs mean. Some think the shrimp's diet, genetics... Just keep an eye out for the lil ones. Soon you'll have cherries galore! They breed like mad! :biggrin:
 

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Just one comment on the fertilization thing.

Once I had a cherry female. Lone cherry female in my nano tank. It had eggs and it hatched. Then she did not get eggs until one of the babies got old enough for his mommy and then she finally got eggs again. It's either the female does not get eggs without the presence of a mature male, or there is simply no such thing as unfertilized eggs.

This happened twice so I can say that somethign was not wrong with my water! And when a male IS present, at most a week after hatching, the cherries are pregnant again.
 

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When I first had cherry shrimp I had all females, they did lay eggs they just drop them or more like kick them off quite quickly so I didn’t often see them with the eggs but I'm sure they still layed them.
 
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