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11-24-2014, 11:50 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm pretty certain but wanted to make sure. Is this shrimp berried?


11-24-2014, 11:54 AM
Very much so. This lady is bursting with eggs.

11-24-2014, 11:57 AM
Excellent. Thanks. I didn't want to get my hopes up before checking with the experts.

11-24-2014, 01:05 PM
That shrimp is SO berried, I'm surprised it can move!....congrats

11-24-2014, 03:48 PM
I suggest you try adding a divider, if there are fish then the shrimp will probably disappear one by one.

11-24-2014, 03:50 PM
Good idea, I'll see what I can sort out.

11-24-2014, 04:03 PM
If there's plenty of cover and hiding spaces, some of the shrimplets will make it just fine

Is the tank heavily planted?

11-24-2014, 04:16 PM
I have a wall of egeria densa plants at the back and some java fern to give some cover. Not as much as I would like though.

11-24-2014, 04:46 PM
This is the tank as it stands...


There is a tunnel covered with java moss at the back on the right and the tree in the right foreground has java moss but not much at the moment.

I am growing 3 moss balls next to the tree but they are very new and no good for hiding places yet.

11-24-2014, 04:48 PM
The tunnel will work for hiding...shrimp love java moss...they could probably hide in the nooks and crannies of that driftwood, too

How many adult shrimp are in there, and how long have you had them?

11-24-2014, 05:10 PM
There are 12 in total, I have had them for about 4 months. The bog wood has lots of places inside that the fish can't get to, so they may have a chance of survival, although a clown plec resides underneath.

The worrying thing is that the nitrates have suddenly increased in the last few days. I had a white cloud mountain minnow accidentally donated by the lfs but that disappeared a few days ago and there is no sign of it despite checking under all plants and ornaments.

I believe that red cherry shrimps don't do well with high nitrates, I changed 60% of the water yesterday and another 40% today. I'll check the levels again tomorrow and change more water if required.

11-24-2014, 05:20 PM
How high are the trAtes?....how often do you feed your fish, and how much?

If the WCMM died, the carcass could be causing the trAte spike...usually when I have a fish die, the RCS feed on the carcass, and I just find remnants

11-24-2014, 06:00 PM
They were at 20ppm yesterday, I did a 60% water change. Today they were at 10ppm before I did a 40% water change. I feed the fish once a day with a pinch of flake food 6 days a week, a 1cm square cube of defrosted daphnia once a week, also occasional Prima mini granules in place of the flake. The plec gets an algae wafer 3 or 4 days a week with any remaining wafer removed the next day, and a slice of cucumber once or twice a week.

The question is: What's a pinch? My fish always look hungry, gathering at the front of the tank whenever I approach. I must admit, my pinches are probably quite generous.

Oh yes, I have also put a piece of cuttlefish bone in for the shrimps.

11-24-2014, 06:30 PM
Oh wow, 20 ppm isn't bad at all!....I thought we were talking 40, 50

Your feeding schedule sounds just right....just a word of advice, cucumbers aren't very nutritious, they're mostly water...offer your plec some zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans

11-24-2014, 06:44 PM
Thanks for the reassurance, the nitrates rarely go above 5ppm so 20 seemed like a big jump. I'll take your advice on the cucumber and offer some alternatives.

11-24-2014, 06:47 PM
Yes, that IS a big jump, but 20 ppm isn't dangerous to your fish or shrimp

I'm betting the missing fish rotting caused that trAte spike....good for you keeping an eye on things

11-24-2014, 07:09 PM
Dash of phosphate will help the nitrates drop.

20 is no problem for cherries. And, looking at the picture, I wouldn't worry, some shrimp will make it. none of your fiish are dedicated shrimplet hunters.

11-24-2014, 07:28 PM
Thanks for the replies, it's nice to get some reassurance. Everyone is looking forward to seeing some miniature shrimps.

11-24-2014, 07:36 PM
They're alot of fun...in my opinion, your filter intake could be a bigger danger to the shrimplets than the fish you have

Do you have some sort of pre filter screening to keep them from being sucked into the filter?

11-24-2014, 07:58 PM
Congrats, she is very berried!

11-25-2014, 07:34 AM
I have the toe of a stocking over the filter body, that should stop them getting sucked into the filter.

12-26-2014, 10:19 PM
I have been eagerly waiting to see some baby shrimps for some time now without any luck. I was checking the tank today and I spotted one, about 2mm long. I thought I saw a few more too but when I got a proper look they were three tiny cherry barbs. Two are about 3mm long and one about 1.5mm long, not what I was expecting but a very pleasant surprise. The baby barbs are sticking close to each other near the bottom of the tank and the shrimp is hiding behind the plants at the back.

There are still berried shrimps in the tank so I'm expecting to see more babies at some point.