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A Guppy Out of Water


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May 29, 2012 - 5:36 PM No Comments

Breeding Red Cherry Shrimp


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Red Cherry Shrimp (neocaridina heteropoda) are wildly popular shrimp for the home freshwater aquarium, many people expect to soon be breeding red cherry shrimp.  You may know that I’ve written about them some here already and have plans to sell them via my freshwater shrimp site.  I had thought for about 5 months that I would soon have enough shrimp to feel comfortable selling some, but I haven’t seen the population grow quite as exponentially as I expected.  So, I’ve been reading about red cherry shrimp breeding and wanted to put together a post with quite a few details.

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November 27, 2011 - 10:27 PM No Comments

Red Cherry Shrimp in a Mason Jar Part 2


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So, our first experiment with red cherry shrimp in a large (gallon?) mason jar went really pretty well.  They survive

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d there for several months until we hit a real hot spell.  The jar was on the window sill and unfortun

ately got morning sun.  Good thing in cool weather, bad thing in hot weather.  I’m sure the temperature was what caused their demise.  Yes, they died.  we had some plants in there as well.  Then we proceeded with our next try, unfortunately those died within a few weeks.  This pretty much confirmed for us that the problem had to do with the temperature.

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November 12, 2011 - 2:27 AM No Comments

Freshwater-Shrimp.com


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It’s not quite ready yet and we don’t yet have enough Red Cherry Shrimp for sale, but I have been hard at work on Freshwater-Shrimp.com as the portal for selling Red Cherry Shrimp and hopefully beyond that their yellow cousins and then who knows what. We may eventually sell some aquatic plants there as well as supplies. I really don’t know what it may become.

We currently have been able to count around 50-60 Red Cherry Shrimp at any one time. Given their great ability to hide I suspect the actual number is pushing a bit closer to 100. The colony in the shrimp only tank is especially booming, but I suspect within two more months we will be approaching a point that we may offer some for sale.

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July 4, 2011 - 2:32 PM No Comments

Red Cherry Shrimp 1/2 Gallon Mason Jar Experiment


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I’ve been captivated with the red cherry shrimp. They’re unique, have interesting personalities and seem really resilient. I have a tank that is exclusively red cherry shrimp now and for quite a while I’ve been wondering about what other containers I might use. We recently found some huge mason jars (1/2 gallon – not the quart jars.) I thought for quite a while before trying it, but decided to put a few red cherry shrimp in one. I’ve added some plants, a bit of guppy grass, duckweed, anacharis maybe a bit of java moss. But there are three shrimp in there. They’ve been there and on the window sill now for about 4 weeks (maybe 5 now.) No filter, no heater (it is summer after all and is running 70-80 in the house during the day if not higher…)

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June 26, 2011 - 8:45 PM No Comments

Red Cherry Shrimp Wild Ride and Outdoor Platy Update


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I’m still a bit stunned. I came back inside from looking in on our outside fish and noticed two dark objects bouncing around in the flow of the uplift tube from the undergravel filter in our 5 gallon tank. Now….. from time to time, gunk has accumulated in the tube and will come if in sheets that can be about the size of a small leaf. But I kept looking at these…. they didn’t seem to be appearing smaller and then larger as usual. (When you see the sheet of gunk from the side it appears much smaller….) After about thirty seconds I realized that there were two inch long cherry shrimp in there. (Both female.) Now, I had worried about cherry shrimp in our other filter being drawn in through the intake tube, but never imagined one (much less two) would be stuck in the uplift tube.

I carefully pulled the tube loose and they both seem alive (!) I don’t know how (or when they managed to get in. I suppose they could have climbed in at the top the last time the power was out and the tube was quiet. I’m amazed they’re still alive.

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May 22, 2011 - 8:41 PM No Comments

Platy Fry Sexual Maturity


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Well…. I’ve already updated this on the platy fry post, but…. in looking at our oldest tank of fry. They’re now almost 2 months old. (Born 2-19-11) They’re still quite small fish and all look female at this point. There is an adult male in with them and today I noticed that they must be looking good to him because he’s starting to behave a little different around them, sidling up next to them much the way I saw Mickey court a couple fish….

So, as I’m reading it looks as though most people say that platies reach sexual maturity at around 3-4 months. I’ve seen one account suggesting as young as 2 months. I’m not sure how precise these counts are. We may get to pin down an exact threshold though because I’ve seen 23-25 day gestation periods with the mother platy at this point. What to do….

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April 14, 2011 - 7:55 PM No Comments

Building my Shrimpire …. or is that shrempire?


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I’ve really got hooked on dwarf freshwater shrimp. We have red cherry shrimp in two tanks right now and I’m thinking about the possibilities of a third tank (for yellow shrimp maybe…) I’m also seriously considering a species only tank (or two….)

Why?

They’re surprisingly entertaining to watch. The other day I saw a male shrimp catch a ride on the side of our red mickey mouse platy for about 2-3 seconds…. it was such a funny sight and by the time the platy started to try to dislodge his hitchhiker, the shrimp let go and cruised along on his own.

I’m seriously thinking about the sheer numbers of how many shrimp will be in my shrimpire …. shrempire? and realistically thinking I’ll have to consider some way to get them out of here in a few months.

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April 13, 2011 - 11:48 PM No Comments

Selling Red Cherry Shrimp?


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Well… I don’t have enough shrimp yet to think about selling any but…. the thought has crossed my mind that in a few months I may have enough to sell. In fact, I’m so jazzed about the dwarf shrimp I’m thinking about a shrimp species tank (right now I’m leaning towards yellow shrimp there…. ) Although I don’t have any yellow shrimp (yet?).

They seem such fun critters…. it’s so neat to see the males surfing around the tank and they’re a great cleanup crew. I don’t know how many times I asked for them at our LFS and they told me they sell out fast when they get them. I bought mine on ebay and took notes as to how things were packaged. To my knowledge I didn’t have one shrimp die in the shipping/establishing phase. (Although there may have been a couple snacked upon….)

So, long story short…. I may be opening a separate web page that would be devoted to selling the dwarf shrimp. Mostly the neocaridina shrimp such as the yellow, red cherry and blue pearl. But… I’ve been looking at the crystal red shrimp as well…. who knows maybe a year or two down the road? I’ll announce here if and when I setup a standalone site for the shrimp. I expect first that I would probably do a couple of test sales to get my sea legs with shipping them.

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April 12, 2011 - 6:42 PM No Comments

Homemade Fish Traps or Shrimp Traps and a Warning


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I feel terrible…. I feel like an idiot….

So, in my struggle to get this mini-cycle under control in the ten gallon tank I’ve tried a lot of things. Including pulling out the (now browning) water sprite. I thought the dead leaves which were very hard to separate from the big mass of water sprite may be putting more ammonia in than the plant is currently able to suck out. So, I had those out and in a bucket and was going to set them outside, but I got to thinking that I may have pulled some shrimp with them. So, I used a plastic bottle and made a trap. Similar to one you can find if you google or do a youtube search on home made shrimp traps or fish traps. You cut off the top, take off the lid, invert the top half inside the bottom half, put in some food and place it. Well, there were apparently no shrimp in the trap from the bucket and so I had this bright idea that I might use it in the 10 gallon to help get some of the shrimp out in order to move them to the other (stable) tank until the ammonia issue is over.

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April 6, 2011 - 8:38 PM No Comments

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