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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

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.

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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

Finnex PX-360 Review – All in One Compact Canister Filter


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So…. with the 10 gallon Walstad planted tank I’ve broken down and invested a meager $40 in the Finnex PX-360 compact canister filter. I had researched it and all seemed to say that this was as good a cheap filter as is available. First off, I should walk through why I decided to get a real filter for a Walstad tank. Well, when I first setup the planted tank I had read that you could run it without a filter. I felt uncomfortable just going completely natural and made a pvc pipe sponge filter with seed media from our other tank. Planted, checked ammonia – observed a short cycle and then added fish. Well, as I added fish there was a minicycle – so in went more plants and then things had stabilized, we had baby fish in the other tank and their mother was moved into the Walstad. At that point we started running trace ammonia frequently. So, I made a second pvc sponge filter to put in. Over the stretch of time from the beginning of the tank up until now the ph level had gradually changed from around 6.0 (lowest readable with the test kit) up to the now 7.0 or 7.2.

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April 2, 2011 - 9:47 PM No Comments

Baby Red Cherry Shrimp


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Well, it was March 4th when we added the first batch of red cherry shrimp to the 10 gallon planted tank. We have tons of plants in there and it’s really hard to see more than 5 shrimp at a time. (We have about 30 or so I think….) Anyway, early on I thought I saw one of the female shrimp looked to be berried. Unfortunately I haven’t seen her in weeks. Well…. today I was getting ready for a water change and started to push down a water sprite I had anchored into the substrate yesterday, but floated loose overnight. Between my hand and the glass I saw a little bit of red floating… I thought it was debris. About a quarter inch long. I moved my finger towards it and it jumped the way the shrimp do. We have some baby shrimp! Woohoo…. I have no idea how long it will be before I see it (or another) again though….

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March 27, 2011 - 3:50 PM No Comments

Escapee! High diving fish


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Well I picked up another three neon tetras to add in to the previous three. I was acclimating them to the tank as usual. The bag had floated and several cups of water from the tank added to the bag. Then I gently poured them out into a bucket and got the first one moved into the tank, netted and in the tank with no problem. I caught the second one and was raising it to the tank when I felt a twinge from the net. NO! I looked into the bucket, only one fish down there. I looked into the net, no fish! Then it flinched again, it was on the floor about a foot from the bucket. I eased it back into the net and started to put my hand back over the net (which is what I had started to do when it did it’s high dive. As I raised it up to the tank level and started to move my hand away…. it flipped AGAIN, over my hand and high dive into the bucket !!!!!!!!! A good five foot dive (which given it’s body size…. is really an amazing dive.

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March 10, 2011 - 9:36 PM No Comments

Nano Fish


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This may not be an idea for beginners, but you know those small 5 gallon tanks…. I’ve recently come across several species of nano fish. See some for sale here. One that really jumps out is one of the nano rasboras – phoenix rasboras. They’re pretty colorful and max out at under one inch long. There are quite a few other kinds of nano size fish out there and some might just be good inhabitants for a smaller tank. (You certainly don’t want to put them in with anything much bigger or they might become snacks…)

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March 8, 2011 - 9:53 PM No Comments

Red Cherry Shrimp


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So, I finally got some red cherry shrimp. I’ve been wanting to try some for a month or two now. I kept missing them at the local fish store and finally broke down and ordered 20 via ebay.com. I was really a bit skeptical of mail order shrimp but after all, many of them wind up being mail order to the local fish store anyway. I was a bit concerned that 20 would be too many. I thought I’d split and put about 7 in our 5 gallon and 13 in our 10 gallon tank. The shrimp that I ordered were mostly juvenile. There was a range of ages for the shrimp.

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March 4, 2011 - 6:35 PM No Comments

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