I decided to add some Ghost Shrimp to my tank and bought 6 of them last week. Surprisingly all are doing well. They're fun to watch tidy up the place.
One of the new shrimp was berried with 25 or so little ones, and after reading up a bit, I decided I'd see if I could make them grow, though I hear it's rather hard to do.
Notice the babies tucked under her swimmerettes.
I put mom in a one gallon tank with some well-used undergravel, a bit of moss, and some of the dirty post-vacuum water from my main tank. A small water stone and a light to keep the temps right and maybe promote some green water growth.
I was expecting to have a few weeks to get studied up and to get a batch of green water going for the babies to feed on, but today she started dropping the little ones. I'm getting a new one every 20-30 minutes. It's VERY cool to watch her drop the eggs in the water stream, then POP and the little larvae shrimp appears.
A tiny baby is highlighted. These guys are itty bitty.
I pulled some water and moss out of a local, stagnant canal and it is teeming with life and icky stuff, but I'm not sure it's a good idea to start feeding this, particularly because mom is going to move back to my main tank as soon as she's dropped all of the eggs and I don't want problems there. I've have this and a fresh batch of green water (some rotten lettuce, a bit of grass, some moss, and some dirty aquarium water all under a light), but I need something for the babies to feed on NOW!
- Do you think the green water from my local canal will work?
- If not, any ideas on what to feed baby shrimp - at least something I could find at a Petsmart or make myself?
- Any other tips for getting baby Glass Shrimp to survive?
Regardless, it sure has been a fun experiment and the kids are digging the whole thing.
Notice all the tiny eyeballs?
These guys are anxious to join their siblings in the open. Please help me save them!