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Cherry Shrimp about to be berried?

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I have had a male and female cherry shrimp in a 20 gallon long with some neon tetras for a few months. At one point (week ago) the female had a saddle, but that's gone now. The female is now getting bigger and the shell surrounding the swimerettes is growing larger in size. Is she getting ready to lay eggs or is something else going on?




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Hard to tell with higher grade reds since they are more opaque.. However if you watch them when they are climbing on a plant, sometimes you'll be able to see under the tail and you can spot the yellow eggs. Another trick which I haven't tried yet, is shining a flashlight on them at night (with the lights off) and you are supposed to be able to see them that way.

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