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    A friend of mine has a 15G tank with some small fish, a BNP, and some ghost shrimp. He noticed that one of the ghost shrimp is pregnant ("berried", right?) and wants to knwo what to do. He does want the fry to survive.

    I am guessing he needs to put the shrimp by herself in a separate tank, but I was wondering if there are other cheap solutions that don't involve setting up a whole new tank. He is a student, so the lower the cost, the better :-)

    Hopw long does it usually take for the shrimpies to be born and mature enough to be put in the display tank safely?

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    I think the adult shrimp will predate upon their own young so a separate tank might be the only way to ensure some young survive.
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    You could try an in-tank breeder, but shrimp are such good climbers the adult could climb out. These shrimp have a larval stage first, before they start to develop as shrimp, which is when they are even more vulnerable to predation.

    What about a small plastic tub of some sort with a pump & sponge filter, some plant or moss. I don't think a heater is even required.

    Or, a Beta bowl

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    How many adult shrimp?

    Is the tank planted?...caves?...anything where the young could hide out?

    They will breed successfuly in FW, but many don't have success with shrimplets because they need special feeding, here's a bit of info: http://www.planetinverts.com/ghost_g...ss_shrimp.html
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    Hmm..I don't know the answers for sure, I will ask. I believe the tank does not have any good hiding places (I have never seen the tank, but he knows I have a fish tank so he asked me).

    Thanks for all the info. I'll pass it along and suggest for him to come here, but in the meantime I'll ask him Matt's questions.

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    It's strange to me that they are readily available at many LFS, sometimes just as live food for big fish, but that they are not easily tank raised...from most of what I've read about them.
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    I have had tons of berried ghost/grass shrimp and it is hard to get them from larva to shrimplets because you need a very, very fine food for them to eat. I have not tried simply because it is reported to be so difficult.
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    Sounds like it is more difficult than he anticipated... I have asked him the questions Matt raised, and will get back as soon as I have the answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    It's strange to me that they are readily available at many LFS, sometimes just as live food for big fish, but that they are not easily tank raised...from most of what I've read about them.
    This is an oddity, agreed! I guess they might be very easily harvested in the wild.

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    I agree, if I had space I might set up a tank just for females with greenwater for the fry, just to see what it would take to get some offspring. I do have an extra 5 gallon-and a filter, but nowhere to put it.
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