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how to tell when a shrimp is ready to molt


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OK so this was brought up on another post, and I have to admit, until I actually see the shrimp

bending in two I don't know when a shrimp is ready to molt.  Ive been told that once you see the saddle

forming they are ready....however Ive had my females saddle and not molt???

 

I would love to be able to co-ordinate a female that is getting ready with selecting a male for

her.  Any pictures too would be very much appreciated.

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Depends on the type and tank I guess but I would pair them up as soon as I see a saddle.

 

My PRL berry up with in a couple of days of releasing their last baby.  I recently wanted to moved a female from one PRL tank to the next but I didn't want any of the offspring from the original tank in the new one.  So I waited till she started to release babies and I moved her into a breeding box.  As soon as I noticed he no longer holding, I dripped and moved her to the new tank.  Like clock work, she was berried in the next couple of days.  So know your shrimp of just pair them up early.  

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How do you see the saddle through shells with thick/dark coloration? I just ordered a couple large breeder boxes yesterday so I was wondering the same as monty. I haven't had my TBs long enough to know their schedule yet, the one I did have release her eggs was berried again within the week but for the first time berry Im not sure

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OK help us dummies out here, there has to be someone experienced enough that can actually tell other than the saddle

when a female is likely to molt.  My female is in the box with a male and she's got a big saddle and Ive dosed with Eros

and they danced but NO molts.  What now...dim the lights, put on Enya? 

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You can see when they are about ready to molt by the dulling of their color and shell appearance.  I combine that look with when males start freaking out, then look for the female that looks to be hiding. Those two indicators have never failed me.

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Yes, i do the same as Rye. Once I see males dancing I look for a female who is kinda hiding and being mostly motionless. It takes a lot of energy for a shrimp to molt so you will see them being much less active before they molt. Have been pretty lucky to be around when males start dancing, maybe 80% of the time, my wife who stays home with my son has also become very good at spotting females about to molt.

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