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Old 02-20-2011, 04:25 AM   #1
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Pregnant Ghost Shrimp

I've recently aquired a pregnant Ghost Shrimp(it was a gift from my mother) And I'm all in all curious on how to keep these little guys alive(I've never dealt with a pregnant shrimp before).

I'm aware that they are very small and need to be kept seperated from my other fish, and as I've heard the mother herself after they are born. I'm curious on just what I should feed them, what type of water I should keep them in(like alge content and whatnot), and what other special percautions I will need to take in order to give these little guys a bit of a helping hand in order to keep them alive.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:39 PM   #2
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I'm curious on just what I should feed them,
I have a couple of Gravid Red Cherry Shrimp
I checked at the fish store where I got them and was told that pulverized yolk of a hard boiled egg would be a suitable first food
I am still waiting to try this out
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Old 03-16-2011, 08:41 AM   #3
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I just looked at my ghost shrimp yesterday and there seem to be a TON of eggs under it's swimmers. Thing is I only have ONE ghost shrimp. Do I need a male to fertilize them? I've only got a small 6 gallon tank set up for my home office with

1 shrimp
1 gourami
1 armored catfish
1 tetra

I'm worried that it's going to release all these babies which I really don't need in my tiny 6 Gallon tank. Do the eggs need to be fertilized by a male?
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I just looked at my ghost shrimp yesterday and there seem to be a TON of eggs under it's swimmers. Thing is I only have ONE ghost shrimp. Do I need a male to fertilize them? I've only got a small 6 gallon tank set up for my home office with

1 shrimp
1 gourami
1 armored catfish
1 tetra

I'm worried that it's going to release all these babies which I really don't need in my tiny 6 Gallon tank. Do the eggs need to be fertilized by a male?
There does need to be a male present to fertilize the eggs. AFAIK, the eggs develope in her "saddle" area. Once fertilized she moves them to her tail where she carries them until they hatch or she releases them. However, not all Ghost shrimp can reproduce in freshwater. Some require brackish water for the larvae to develop.
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:31 AM   #5
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There does need to be a male present to fertilize the eggs. AFAIK, the eggs develope in her "saddle" area. Once fertilized she moves them to her tail where she carries them until they hatch or she releases them. However, not all Ghost shrimp can reproduce in freshwater. Some require brackish water for the larvae to develop.
Thanks... I guess she will just carry them, release them and they will become fish food... ?
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AFAIK, the eggs develope in her "saddle" area. Once fertilized she moves them to her tail where she carries them until they hatch or she releases them.
Is this what you're referring to? The "saddle"?
I've been wondering if these were unfertilized berries. She's had them for about 5 days.
How long until I should see some change?
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Is this what you're referring to? The "saddle"?
I've been wondering if these were unfertilized berries. She's had them for about 5 days.
How long until I should see some change?
I'm in a similar situation -- wondering if this is fertilized eggs:
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Is this what you're referring to? The "saddle"?
I've been wondering if these were unfertilized berries. She's had them for about 5 days.
How long until I should see some change?
Yep, that's her saddle. Those are unfertilized eggs she will carry until fertilized by a male.
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I'm in a similar situation -- wondering if this is fertilized eggs:
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