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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:25 pm 
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I am blaming Mirf for this......... :P

I have had a moment of weakness and setup a small shrimp tank.
Currently I just have one breeding pair of shrimp and lots of plants, but as the female is carrying masses of eggs I guess there will be a lot more soon!

I am not sure what species I have (picture of female below), sure Mirf will be along soon to inform me :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: My Shrimp
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How is it my fault? :shake:

They are very sexy little amano shrimp David and the female said she wanted me to have some of her babies....... 8) Be warned though that the babies require saline water to develop as they go through a larval stage, similar to bamboo/rock shrimp. Not sure if the vampire crabs will cope with salty water though?

Oh I forgot, they will grow to over 2 inches long and can live for a good 5 years as well.........now I want some! :fight:

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 Post subject: Re: My Shrimp
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Oh I forgot, they will grow to over 2 inches long and can live for a good 5 years as well.........now I want some! :fight:


These are just a little over 3/4 an inch, so does that mean they are sexually mature before reaching adult size?

If breeding in sucessful, you are welcome to some of the babies :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:31 pm 
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A lot of shrimp can, possibly you have some Mirf sized amano's? :lol:

Unless you have some salt in the tank you're unlikely to get babies sadly.....

*runs off to find some salt*

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 Post subject: Re: My Shrimp
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Thanks for the info :D

Just been reading up and found a good care sheet here:

http://www.theshrimpfarm.com/shrimp/amano-shrimp/

Will keep you posted on how the breeding goes :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:56 pm 
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They are a really good source of info to be honest.

If you really want to give the raising attempt a go them simply move the female into a smaller tank/tub when she looks heavily berried. Add salt slowly over a few hours until she becomes used to it and then feed as normal. As soon as she drops the babies, move her again with some of the salt water and slowly introduce fresh so as not to shock her system and when the water is mostly frsh simply put her back in with the male.

It's got to be worth a bash eh? :D

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 Post subject: Re: My Shrimp
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This shrimp is far too quick for me!!!

We now have shrimp larvae :D tons of them all floating around the tank this morning.
They all seem to be moving well, and after a quick check of some breeding info on the net, I am sure they are Amano shrimp larvae :D

Now all I have to do is keep them alive!!!!!


Edit: used this really good article to id the larval form;

http://blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=05le06lapu&logNo=10048661099


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Brilliant news David. Time to go buy some marine salt now then :D

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 Post subject: Re: My Shrimp
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Brilliant news David. Time to go buy some marine salt now then :D



Funny you should say that, I am just off out :P

I am rather hoping that they are the Taiwan sub-species that will complete the whole life-cycle in fresh water.
After a lot of reading, it's pot luck though as there is no way of visually teling the two apart....typical :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: My Shrimp
PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:57 am 
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Maybe try a 50/50 split between the larvae and see what happens? Unfortunately it means you will lose some, but better some than all I guess....

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 Post subject: Re: My Shrimp
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Mirf wrote:
Maybe try a 50/50 split between the larvae and see what happens? Unfortunately it means you will lose some, but better some than all I guess....


Yet again, great minds think alike 8)
Exacty my plan :)

Right, off to shops for more supplies.........


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Damn we're good! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: My Shrimp
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Well, one day in and they are all still wriggling and swimming about :D
They have started feeding on Liquifry No.1, and grazing on the side of the tank for algae.

I took one of the larvae to work this morning and put it under the microscope.
They are almost too small to see with the naked eye, but look much more interesting when magnified....

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 Post subject: Re: My Shrimp
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How brilliant are those pictures?

Can I borrow one of your works toys for my frog spawn tank please? :D

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 Post subject: Re: My Shrimp
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Thought you would like those :D
Took me ages as the little blighter would not stay still and kept going out of focus!

Hopefully they will stay alive and I can take more pictures at each stage of growth, there does not seem to be loads of information on breeding these so every little helps :)


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Then you thought right! :D

Pics of each stage of the larval growth would be something of a first I think, so definately worth doing. Not to mention I really want to see the pics as well 8)

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 Post subject: Re: My Shrimp
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one minute...MY shrimp?! ;)

eeeee nice pics!!! Can't wait to come see them!!! They are fascinating little thingys :)


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one minute...MY shrimp?! :wink:


Ok, our shrimp :P


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one minute...MY shrimp?! :wink:


Ok, our shrimp :P


Thats better :D Will see if I can get some aquarium salt for you- will mooch later!


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Quick update on these,

Both adults are doing well and I have seen the male making mating advances towards the female (which she ignored!).
The larvae vanished for a few days and I assumed all had died, however they have reappeared and seem to be growing well, fingers crossed they will continue to do so and turn into little shrimp :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:54 am 
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Are you going to move them into brine water or leave them where they are D?

I'm sure you mentioned that they can cope for 9 days or so in fresh before needing salt water....or am I going daft again? :crazy:

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 Post subject: Re: My Shrimp
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Mirf wrote:
Are you going to move them into brine water or leave them where they are D?

I'm sure you mentioned that they can cope for 9 days or so in fresh before needing salt water....or am I going daft again? :crazy:


This lot are staying in fresh water, if they do not do well then I will put the next lot in brine.
There is a lot of conflicting information on the web about breeding these, so trial and error seems to be the way forward.

The adult female molted last night, so they should mate again in the next 24hrs.
Should see the next batch of eggs soon :D


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Picked up a few more adults of these today (well, they looked lonely :roll: ).

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My larvae from the first female are still alive, but do not seem to be growing very much :hmm:
I also picked up some marine salt while at the fish shop, so the next batch will go into salt water and I will see if they develop any differently.


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The larvae are ridiculously slow growing David. The rock shrimp are even worse and can take up to 3 months before they even look like a shrimp!

I have to agree, that shrimp does look like it was craving some shrimpy company. What choice did you have but to buy it? :wink:

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Mirf wrote:
What choice did you have but to buy it? :wink:



And the 4 others.......... :laugh:


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Very well :D
I really must get my finger out and post some updates on my threads, both aquariums are going really well with lots of new arrivals 8)


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