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Baby shrimp for the first time ever! :D


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Sorry! I guess I'm just excited. I just saw a tiny baby yellow shrimp in the tank for the first time ever. I've only started shrimp keeping for a little over two months or so. I noticed the first berried shrimp about three weeks ago. Gradually, another shrimp was berried... and then another.. then another.

 

Finally, tonight I saw a baby shrimp for the first time. If he wasn't on the glass, I don't think I would have caught a glimpse.

 

Do they take long to mature to a larger size? I'm sure for the time being, they'll spend the majority of their time feeding on biofilm and hiding in the moss though :)

 

Sorry I don't have any pics. I think I'd have a hard time getting the camera to focus on them.

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Congratulations! In my experience, they will grow to noticeable in 3-4 weeks, I don't feed them special baby shrimp or something like that.

Beware of the babies being sucked up into the canister inlet if you're using one.

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Congratulations.   This is how they suck you in!!  Now you will hjave to stare into your tank for hours a day watching for berries and babies to get your jolt of adrenaline fix when you see a new one.

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Blah. I guess I celebrated too soon. I didn't see any of the babies all day today when I looked. What did I see when I searched the tank though? HYDRAS :(

 

Not good news.

 

I finally did see one of the babies a few minutes ago so that's a bit of a relief. In the sense I hope they're good at hiding.

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Don't lose hope, if you have a few plants and some moss, the babies love to hide in there. First berried shrimps I had (3 at once) all Lost their eggs at the same time. Thought they dropped since I couldn't find any babies at all. 2 weeks later, there were shrimplets all over the place. So I'd say be patient and wait. If they hatched, they'll be out and about soon :)

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Thank you. I do have a few plants and a decent amount of moss. I was more referring to the risk of hydras getting them though :(

 

I was recommended to use "no planaria" for them and it should be shrimp safe.....

 

Oh, also, to the earlier comment, I only use a sponge filter in this tank so no inlet :)

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I think most of us understand your excitement, as we have been there.

 

As for the hydra, I think it is a good chance they could kill the babies. As shrimps reproduce so well, losing a few while you get the hyrdas treated should be recoverable.

I used No Planaria and did not have any shrimp losses. I read some stuff on forums, dated years ago, saying fertility could be affected. And some issues with dosing certain plant ferts while treating caused problems.

Based on my experience, I saw a partial dose of No Planaria affect the hydra. I mixed the full dose in a cup of tank water, and when I only poured some of it in, it was already killing the hydra. For safety, also be sure you have some aeration in the tank.

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Thanks! I dosed some last night. It seems to work pretty much immediately. I don't see any more hydra so far.

Do you think it is still necessary to continue the second and third doses over the 72 hour period?

I will also do a water change after the 72 hours. How big of a chance do you recommend? Hopefully it won't stress out the shrimps too much....

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I don't think you need any more doses.

Next you add carbon filtration to remove the product. With my sponge filtration, I used a spare internal box filter that I had, filled with carbon and floss. Then I had to pick the babies out later. Not fun. Wish I'd tried to shrimp-proof it first, or had a spare HOB.

The water change is more to remove the dead things, as the carbon has adsorbed the product.

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