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Old 01-19-2006, 12:28 PM   #1
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Pregnant Peppermint...experience needed!

Ok so i had an obvious mated pair of peppermint shrimps and the other day i noticed that one was missing and the other is sporting yellow eggs under her belly. I figured that this doesnt happen very often so i'm going to try my hardest to hatch a couple of these little buggers.

I have her in a small quarantine right now until she drops the eggs or they hatch, am i correct at doing this? Does anyone have experience with shrimp breeding? I really cant find anything about this topic unless im not searching for the right thing.

How long is the gestation period? TIA
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It is very difficult to raise shrimp to adult hood. It takes some specialized equipment and alot of live phytoplankton and rotifers.
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Old 01-19-2006, 01:58 PM   #3
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how long before the shrimp drops the eggs? should they be removed? more info needed please..
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They will likely hatch and provide some yummy treats for your fish. This is one of the reasons I used to keep two pepp's
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Old 01-19-2006, 06:13 PM   #5
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yeah one of my Skunk Cleaners has a tail full of eggs also. They is no way I can get them out though. I just figured its a different type of food for my fish. I am not expecting any to make it.
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There is really nothing you can do to raise the shrimp yourself. They are so delicate that even bumping into the aquarium wall will kill them.
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I had some that were with eggs almost all the time. At hatching time, the shrimp would make a run up to the inlet tube from the sump and scatter all the little shrimp in the current, scattering the babies all thru the tank. Very fascinating to watch. I can't remember how long it takes for them to hatch, sorry.
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so is it worth a try to save any of them? i've taken a liking to her and her eggs so i'm trying to help her raise a family any other help would be greatly appreciated!
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It would be a waste. It seems there is always at least one shrimp carrying eggs in my tank. It can be done but would require a whole new setup just for the shrimp and considerable money obtaining food for them.
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