01-05-2012, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by 1stAquarium
Wow, big tank for the shrimp, bet they love that! What do you do with all the babies?
Great idea, I'll put it in my main community tank for two weeks and then move it to the tank I'll be using for the shrimp.
I keep thinking of more questions...are there different types of Cherry Shrimp? I know there are different grades.
What temp do you keep your tank at?
Red Cherry Shrimp are Neocaridina heteropoda. There are color morphs such as the yellow and chocolate but they are the same shrimp. Mixing color morphs will result in the shrimp "reverting" back to a more natural brown coloration like they are in the wild. RCS are not red in nature but were selectively bred to create the red morph. There are Sakura, Fire Red, Painted Fire Red, Taiwan Painted, these are all Neocaridina heteropoda, just called different things based on their grade.
As far as what I do with babies, right now I am just letting them breed. Once I start getting lots of shrimp, I'll start pulling the nicer ones and placing them in their own tank. My goal is to breed at least Fire Red grade shrimp, for myself as well as to sell to hopefully help offset some of the cost of the hobby. I know that unless I did it on a huge scale it isn't profitable, but if I can at least support some of the cost I'd be happy.