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Abbeys_Mom
05-16-2011, 07:34 PM
I have heard this term applies to shrimp, what does it mean?

I have seen my shrimp breeding and have some shrimp that HAVE to be new, I don't think any of the ones I bought were as small as the ones I am seeing.

And what is with the light coloured ones swimming? Every once in a while all the lighter coloured shrimp will act up, like loaches before a storm and swim top to bottom and around the tank!

They all seem comfy, there are always shrimp everywhere.

Brhino
05-16-2011, 07:47 PM
"berried" shrimp are females that are carrying eggs under their tails. Here's a picture from my tank:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c376/starmike82/DSC_0162-1.jpg
not the sharpest picture but you get the idea. When you see berried females you know you have babies on the way, within a month I believe. Shrimp are such good hiders that you could get babies without ever having seen the berried females, on the other hand.

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c376/starmike82/DSC_0256.jpg
Here's a female that's "saddled". This means she's ready to have eggs fertilized but it hasn't actually happened yet.

The light colored ones are the males. When the females are ready to mate, they release a pheromone or something into the water. This drives the males crazy and they all start swimming around looking for the female.

Abbeys_Mom
05-16-2011, 08:11 PM
Thank you!

That clears up a lot of issues!

That means I have a lot of frustrated males on one side of my divider, lol.
I have seen lots that are "saddled" but have seen only 1 with eggs.

I have a sponge filter in the tank that is lifted from the gravel a bit, so hopefully the babies are hiding under there.

Lady Hobbs
05-17-2011, 12:53 AM
My males swim all over the place. Not so much the females.