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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

Red Cherry Shrimp

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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.

So, now that the weather has cooled I have expanded the experiment.  Red cherry shrimp don’t develop a nice deep color unless they have a nice dark substrate.  Our second tank has “clown puke” gravel with multiple colors and unfortunately is not a dark color, so the shrimp don’t develop as good a deep red as the shrimp in our primary tank.  The shrimp in our primary tank have nice deep red coloration mainly because of the black substrate.  So, I added some black gravel to the bottom of the mason jar and filled it with water.  Also, I did toss in some plants, a bit of java moss, lots of guppie grass and some anacharis.  At this point it’s been almost a week and all is looking good.

 

If I understand correctly, the red cherry shrimp cousins live in cool waters off the coast of Japan.  They don’t tolerate hot temperatures well, (around 80 at the most is comfortable.)  They tend to spend much of the year in cooler temperatures.  It makes me wonder about just keeping them in a cool tank all the time as long as the room temperature is between 65-75 I would think they would be fine.

My biggest concern in the mason jar is the circulation of water, oxygenation and filtering.  The plants should do quite  abit on oxygenation and filtering.  The circulation is another matter and we’ll have to keep an eye on it as time goes by.

Fire Red, Red Cherry, Neocaridina heteropoda

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