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Old 04-03-2011, 11:15 PM   #1
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Shrimp breeding for profit?

I was considering setting up my 10 gallon and breeding fw dwarf shrimp. I was looking at the blue cherry shrimp, CRS, or snowball shrimp. Would it be possible to make a profit off this? I have hard water, so I think CRS might be out of the question.

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Yes, it is very possible... although a 10 gal isn't ideal, especially for CRS breeding. Very hard water would also make CRS difficult.

The easiest and bet bet might be RCS. They breed like crazy, and sell for a decent price on ebay a/o aquabid. You aren't going to make a ton of money with a colony in a 10 gal tank, but you will be able to sell a batch or 3 every couple of months and keep a decent colony going.

If you get an RO system, you could set up a larger tank and do CRS breeding... there can be a good deal of money in that, but there is risk involved as the care is much harder, and they can be finicky to breed. I would start with neocaridina species of some kind, and then consider moving on to caridina as you get established.

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Yes it's possible but don't expect to gross more than 10-15 dollars per 20-25 shrimp. Even then you're going to be paying for everything else:
Food -15$-40$ per year depending on what you feed.
Tanks- anywhere from 20-50 dollars (buy used)
Substrate - most shrimp breeders swear by akadama. Again this is ~50-100 dollars per 20 gallon tank.
Kattapa leaves - not necessary in all cases, dried deciduous(maple and the like) leaves are almost as effective.
RO water (if you're going into CRS breeding) so ~200 dollars for a RODI system
Plants/wood/hiding holes anywhere from "free" to hundreds depending on how elaborate you want your tanks and how many you have.
Then live stock- just a few bucks to literally thousands

Don't forget lights (just shop lights will do with the obligatory java moss)

Remember, there are people who have entire rooms/basements devoted to shrimp breeding with top of the line equipment and supplements (mosura) . Don't expect any competitive edge or amazing profits. You'll be lucky to make back what you spent in a few years. I say just get shrimp because you want shrimp. The selling of them is just a perk that will help you pay for their food.
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