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05-16-2017, 09:43 PM
I done my shrimp tank today. Tidying it up etc... Changed the light. While working on tank I seen baby shrimp. Are red cherry babies red or clear when hatched. These are clear and very very small. They look exactly like shrimp. The problem with this is that my cherries were housed with ghost shrimp. Didnt see any ghosties today but these babies are moving all over the tank. Nothing in there except a blue mystery snail. Just would like to find out if my cherries are now breeding.

05-16-2017, 10:19 PM
Two different species, so they cannot cross-breed.

It would be rare for the glass/ghost/grass shrimp to successfully breed, but very common for the RCS

Can you get pics of the shrimplets?....newly hatched RCS usually have some red coloring, but not always

Do you see any "saddled" female shrimp?

Further reading, from IMO the best site for FW inverts



05-16-2017, 10:38 PM
Yes I see a few saddled but none berried. This is the best pic I can get due to there size and not staying still long enough. 51862

05-16-2017, 10:49 PM
When you bought the "G" shrimp, how did you introduce them to the tank?

How did you acclimate?

05-16-2017, 10:51 PM
I poured them in a bowl and added water from the tank every few minutes for 30 minutes then scooped up and put in tank.

05-16-2017, 10:53 PM
When I cleaned my tank I didn't see any ghosties. So not sure what these shrimp babies are. Ghost or cherry.

05-16-2017, 11:04 PM
They must be RCS.

Where did you buy them from?

All of the adults are bright red?

05-16-2017, 11:08 PM
I got them from my lfs. The adults look like this 51863

05-16-2017, 11:12 PM
From everything I have read says that babies are miniature adults but these have no color at least not yet. This is my first batch of shrimp babies.

05-16-2017, 11:32 PM
Looks like a Fire Red to me, and a female for sure with that convex belly


05-16-2017, 11:36 PM
I agree with Slap; ghosts are incredibly hard to successfully breed. I used to have tons of them with many berried females, but I never was able to get a sustained population. Baby ghosts are just too vulnerable to predation from other animals (including their parents) and will usually starve unless fed properly...assuming not all babies are eaten right away.

That first photo you shared is definitely a neocaridina shrimp. Many colonies of red cherry shrimp will remain transparent until they get to be full-sized, and I have had several colonies that stayed transparent in one tank even into adulthood but then became blood red as soon as they were introduced into a different tank.

Ghost/glass shrimp are incredibly easy to identify based on their side profile. If you pull up some internet images of ghosts, you will notice that they have an extremely pronounced arch in the middle of their abdomen. Neo var. shrimp have a gently curving abdomen. thumbs2:

05-16-2017, 11:38 PM
This is my first batch of shrimp babies.

Congrats on your first batch of shrimplets! Such tiny little creatures!

05-16-2017, 11:40 PM
Thanks I was so hoping they were red cherries. Been waiting a few months for them to start.

05-16-2017, 11:43 PM
Thanks Slap. I just thought they were plain ole red cherries.

05-17-2017, 07:49 PM
Thanks I was so hoping they were red cherries. Been waiting a few months for them to start.

Once they get going it will be hard for them to stop. Unless you limit their population by culling or have predatory tank mates, they will continue to multiply as long as you keep them fed and in a clean tank.

05-17-2017, 08:35 PM
No predatory tank mates. Just a mystery snail. Upon closer inspection there are too many to keep count of. Lol

05-17-2017, 09:58 PM
Congrats to you!

Upon closer inspection there are too many to keep count of. Lol

That's a good problem to have. Your LFS is likely to be interested, if you ever felt your tank contained too many in the future.

05-17-2017, 10:04 PM
Thanks RiversGirl. My lfs has already told me they would take as many babies as my cherries can make. Lol

05-17-2017, 10:06 PM
Just out of curiosity anyone know how fast they grow?

05-17-2017, 11:15 PM
Depends on the conditions/minerals/nutrients available to them, and genetics, I would guess

I have to ask, what does it matter?

05-17-2017, 11:16 PM
Just curious is all.

05-17-2017, 11:19 PM
IME, Neocaridina take a few months at least to reach adulthood...probably more like 4 or 5 months

Good site for learning about FW shrimp, if I haven't posted here already: http://www.planetinverts.com/