01-16-2013, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by redchigh
Ghost shrimp are nearly impossible to breed by hobbiests. Most that you buy are either wild-caught or farmed with hormones. My advice is to breed a different species. If you insist, then here are some tips:
1. There are several species of "ghost shrimp". Google how to breed "scuds" and see what pops up. Adding oak leaves and letting them decay in the tank can help.
2. Ghost Shrimp are carnivorous scavengers, try dried bloodworms and blanched cucumbers.
3. Ghosties might need a different ph (anywhere from 6 - 8). Try experimenting with buffers and distilled water.
4. Some require certain nutrients that may be lacking. Try a planted tank and dosing flourish comprehensive. The iodine, copper, calcium, and other nutrients might help. (Yes, inverts need tiny amounts of copper, like what's found in premium shrimp foods and marine salt.) Stick with brackish plants, in case you decide to try salt.
5. Aquarium salt will hatch brine shrimp, but brine shrimp aren't truly brackish. Brine shrimp thrive in natural salt lakes, which are slightly different. Because there are so many species, I can't tell you the salinity. I don't think you'd need much, since salt is mostly needed for hatching and development. I'd just add 1 tsp every 4 -6 weeks, up to 1 tsp per gallon. If no breeding occurs after a few months, start adding salt again, 1 tsp a month, up to a total of 2 tsp per gallon.
All that being said, RCS by contrast breed like rabbits. I'd encourage you to breed them.
Well if it is crystal reds would they go in fresh? Also if they are that much easier and can live in fresh all I have to do see if the teays valley pets has them when it reopens in February or march also you say they just need those trace elements? Also thanks a lot on the suggestion and tips :) Posted via Mobile Device
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