80srockher Posted August 4, 2020 Report Share Posted August 4, 2020 Nice to meet you experienced shrimp-keepers. I'm only a step-up from a novice. Hoping to gain some insight on how to encourage consistent breeding! Tank specs: 7 gallon species-only tank with homemade water bottle sponge filter (ceramic ball media mixed with some nutrient-reducing pellets) stock: 12-15 red cherry shrimp; mix of males and females plants: 1 anubias, java fern, small java moss patch, 1 large moss ball 3 med size cholla wood pieces substrate: black shrimp gravel (sold at Petco) tank temp: 74 - 76 degrees fertilizers: very sparingly. I moved a month ago and haven't dosed since. Irregular use of API CO2 booster beforehand. Latest parameters: 0-5ppm ammonia, 0-5ppm nitrite, 0-5ppm nitrate as of Friday (4 days prior) Feeding: very sparingly. They enjoy fish food pellets. I feed around 4 perhaps twice a week. I started on frozen brine shrimp 2 weeks ago 1x a week and they seem to enjoy those. My question: While I've had the most luck keeping cherry shrimp alive in this species-only tank, I've not gotten them to breed. The tank is about a year old. I set it up to move some cherry shrimp out of a 25 gallon tank after it sprung a leak. One of the shrimp became berried while waiting in a breeder net of all places, but dropped the eggs and later died, I think. I moved maybe 3 cherry shrimp to the 7 gallon and added more over time. I started out with a mass of plants from the 25 gal. a broken plant pot for security and the large moss ball. The plants eventually died (they were really meant for a larger tank with deeper substrate) so I added java plants, but still no berried shrimp. The only babies I've ever seen in this tank were born from a pregnant shrimp I bought from the store. I was up to ~25 shrimp at one point. Prior to buying the berried shrimp, I saw several dropped egg sacks in the tank. I even witnessed a female pull the eggs out of her, which is was fascinating. But, all of the "store-bought" babies lived to maturity; I figured the mother would have dropped the eggs if the tank environment were unsustainable, so I'm not sure it's the water, the size, etc. Recently, I moved and resolved to add wood to the tank to see if that would help. I lost three shrimp before and during the move but I still have a good mix of males and females (prob. more males). I recently added the 3 cholla wood pieces. I know it will take time for the shrimp to get comfortable with the new surroundings, but what else should I be doing? This isn't my first go around with cherry shrimp. I've not kept them as successfully in the past but at least one always became berried. I tried some in 10 gallon once upon a time but the one berried shrimp disappeared and was likely eaten by fish (I housed them with 3 pygmy sunfish). The other berried shrimp was the one from the 25 gal. that dropped the eggs in the breeder net. Both lived in less ideal conditions than my current 7 gal. I'm at a loss as to what to do next. Any advice is appreciated. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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