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Old 05-23-2012, 11:25 PM   #1
 
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Talking "Ghost Shrimp" [or shrimp in general]

I recently got into shrimp.

Ghost Shrimp.

Anyways, Ive been researching heavily, and ive learned that there is no actual Ghost Shrimp. So, I tried to find a site or page that could tell the difference between the different species that make up Ghosties.

But i couldent find any sites! Most sites had a wide variety of shrimp species, and had alot of information, but either skated over ghosties, or just didnt include them at all. I know that Ghosties are the lower end shrimp, but Im still interested!

Also, Id like you guys to tell me about any behaviors that youve seen your shrimp do. I find myself watching them, and wondering, why are they doing that? are they okay?
And I recently watched one of my male shrimp molt right in front of me..Wonderful!

I am trying to breed them, I had three pregnant females, one gave birth in with the rest of the adults, so i moved the other ones, except for the pregnant one, and the fry started growing, until the second mommy gave birth, and molted. I tried to give her time to harden before i moved her, but before the next day, shed eaten all the fry!!

I still have one more pregnant from the original bunch, and two more from my second bunch.
Im hoping that my other females berry soon. I remove them to a separate tank, my mommy tank. =]

So, id like to hear about your experiences with breeding ghosties, or any shrimp that have a larval stage. Food, tank setup, lighting, how often to feed would be really appreciated!!

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Old 05-24-2012, 02:33 AM   #2
 
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lots of java moss in different areas of the tank and hidding places for when the malt.that's all you need they breed easily and they will eat anything.good luck
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
 
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Well, I have pieces of a marimo ball, and an airstone, with a shell for a hiding spot, and some floating plastic plants. Im wondering if i should keep the airstone in, or is it too much current for them? My female is currently letting her babies go, Im checking her probably more often than i should [would that scare her into holding on to the babies??]
Im doing this because the last female who gave birth molted, and i left her in the tank to harden up, and she ate all the babies! Hers and the female before hers! So i want to catch her before she eats her babies, of which there are only three on the side that i can see, though there are the peices of marimo in there..

Im a very nervous mommy, and i just want to do this right!
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:41 PM   #4
 
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Well, I have pieces of a marimo ball, and an airstone, with a shell for a hiding spot, and some floating plastic plants. Im wondering if i should keep the airstone in, or is it too much current for them? My female is currently letting her babies go, Im checking her probably more often than i should [would that scare her into holding on to the babies??]
Im doing this because the last female who gave birth molted, and i left her in the tank to harden up, and she ate all the babies! Hers and the female before hers! So i want to catch her before she eats her babies, of which there are only three on the side that i can see, though there are the peices of marimo in there..

Im a very nervous mommy, and i just want to do this right!

I have Red Cherry Shrimp. They breed like crazy in water at a ph of 7.2 or lower. They do best in a temp of about 78, but are hardy and can likely take a variation to a few degrees each direction. I feed mine, spinach, fluval shrimp food, canned green beans (they love these) and spirala or green marine algae. They are scavengers and will eat all sorts of things. Ghost shrimp are similiar and will grab anything they can.

The babies are barely visable, and look like small white fleas in the water. They are very easy to suck up during water changes, so I check my buckets carefully. They will likely need live plants to do their best. Java moss is easy to grow and is the best for them to feed from and hide in.

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Old 05-25-2012, 07:02 PM   #5
 
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Thank you Gwen!
Right now I have a ten gallon tank, where males and females are together, and a 2.5 gallon 'maternity tank' for berried females, and a 1.5 gallon fry bowl, with an air stone.

There are no live plants, only peices of a recently ripped up marimo ball.

My question is should i keep the air stone in there? Ive been doing two w/c a day, about a third of the water. Does that allow for enough oxygen in the water for the frys?

I do not have java moss, though am planning on getting a clump soon.
How much would I need? Id like some in all four of my tanks.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:13 PM   #6
 
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Thank you Gwen!
Right now I have a ten gallon tank, where males and females are together, and a 2.5 gallon 'maternity tank' for berried females, and a 1.5 gallon fry bowl, with an air stone.

There are no live plants, only peices of a recently ripped up marimo ball.

My question is should i keep the air stone in there? Ive been doing two w/c a day, about a third of the water. Does that allow for enough oxygen in the water for the frys?

I do not have java moss, though am planning on getting a clump soon.
How much would I need? Id like some in all four of my tanks.

I don't separate my shrimp. Do you have a reason you do that? I'd get as much java moss as you want. You need a light source. I have no idea about an air stone, I don't use them in any of my tanks. My fry do just fine.
You have to be more concerned with babies not getting sucked up the filter intake, IMO.

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Old 05-25-2012, 07:55 PM   #7
 
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I separate my shrimp because I want to monitor the breeding.
Also, because my betta is in the ten gallon too. He doesn't care about the shrimp, ignores them almost entirely, except when they touch him when hes sleeping. Then he darts away and hides. But other than that, he doesnt bother them at all. But i think the fry would be a different story. So, if i see a berried female, i take her and put her in my maternity tank, and when the eggs start having eyes I move her to the fry bowl, and monitor her eggs, and when shes got none left, remove her back to the ten gallon.

This is my third try. My first and second tries were eaten by second tries mother.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:43 AM   #8
 
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if you have live plants an air stone isn't needed but lighting will be needed to a certain degree.get java moss it's a sure proof way to keep the babies alive
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:41 AM   #9
 
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I got me some java moss today, enough to put aside five jars with a baby sized clump in each, plus the big tank the 2.5 and my fry tank.
I counted today and I have 10 in the 2.5 and 19 in the 1.5. That's as many as I can see..

I plan on growing a lot of it out, into a archway, or I have this coil, it's metal, and I think itd look great with java moss all around it.

Would putting metal in the tank be a bad idea? Is a steel coil.

If that isn't good, what matireals could I use to build a structure to grow the moss on it?
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:26 AM   #10
 
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no metal in invertebrate tanks. heavy metals esp copper will kill off the shrimps and snail.make sure if you have a rooted plant the lead weights are removed as well.no dosing copper based medicine in these type of tanks as well
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