Warning: mysql_real_escape_string() expects parameter 2 to be resource, object given in /home/avery/homefishaquarium.org/public_html/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1173

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string() expects parameter 2 to be resource, object given in /home/avery/homefishaquarium.org/public_html/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1173
Red Cherry Shrimp Wild Ride and Outdoor Platy Update | Home Fish Aquarium Guide

Home Fish Aquarium Guide

Fishkeeping Information and Resources for the Home Aquarium



Looking for even MORE information on freshwater aquariums?
Try the My Freshwater Aquarium Secrets ebook.

My Freshwater Aquarium Secrets



« Platy Fry Sexual Maturity

Red Cherry Shrimp 1/2 Gallon Mason Jar Experiment »

Red Cherry Shrimp Wild Ride and Outdoor Platy Update


Warning: mysql_real_escape_string() expects parameter 2 to be resource, object given in /home/avery/homefishaquarium.org/public_html/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1173

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string() expects parameter 2 to be resource, object given in /home/avery/homefishaquarium.org/public_html/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1173

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string() expects parameter 2 to be resource, object given in /home/avery/homefishaquarium.org/public_html/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1173

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string() expects parameter 2 to be resource, object given in /home/avery/homefishaquarium.org/public_html/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1173

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string() expects parameter 2 to be resource, object given in /home/avery/homefishaquarium.org/public_html/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1173

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string() expects parameter 2 to be resource, object given in /home/avery/homefishaquarium.org/public_html/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1173

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.


Well… alive is more than I can say for our early experiments at platies outdoors. The first 4 did great. Then we had a cold snap that took us down to the upper 30s and took a while warming back up. That batch was done. So… a few weeks on and we’re at the beginning of May, surely we won’t have another stretch that cold. Two more went out. We had a freak two-three day cool spell. The temperatures weren’t as cold – mid 40s at night – but the 50s during the day for 2 days straight and then struggling into the sixties for day three and the most recent two were dead.

So…. it’s now May 22nd – was almost 90 degrees today and I’m trying again. I have 4 more fish out. 3 are platies – the 4th is more of a sword. They’re needed to fight mostquitos in our rain barrels and the forecast (again) looks like it will be good for them for at least the next two weeks. (Although I am concerned about the high just reaching 70 next Friday – concerned that could be the start of another cool spell. But it is almost June after all….) On the bright side – there were 2-3 shrimp that I placed in the container with the first batch of platies and they seem to be doing well. I have only seen one today, but after the first batch of platies perished I saw two of the shrimp (and the third was added with the more recent platies.)

On a related note – our 5 gallon tank now is exclusively red cherry shrimp and it is already teeming with them…. I see at least 2-3 batches of baby red cherry shrimp (judging by their sizes.) I counted at one point 20 in full view this evening (I fed…) although the majority of those were male (all but 3)… so I suspect the females are hiding out somewhere.

The red cherry shrimp in the larger tank have taken longer to grow their population. I don’t see as many (not any at the moment) babies in there. Of course, there have been quite a few fish that have been predators for them. Today, four of them got moved out into the great outdoors so… that should improve the odds for fish fry and shrimplets in the future. (Speaking of fish fry – our next drop is due around June 4th.) It currently looks as though there are no survivors of the Mothers Day drop. There were 2 for a while, but I haven’t seen either in a week. There could still be with all the plants in there, but I doubt it.

I’m still thinking of how I could add a third tank for yellow/gold cherry shrimp……

PDF    Send article as PDF   
Tags: , , ,
May 22, 2011 - 8:41 PM
Leave a reply

CommentLuv badge