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Red Cherry Shrimp Dropped Eggs...Will they get eaten?
Old 08-21-2010, 11:20 PM   #1
 
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Red Cherry Shrimp Dropped Eggs...Will they get eaten?

All my RCS are becoming new moms and I have read that they may drop their eggs...my question is if they are dropped is there a chance they will still hatch? It seems as though the parents are watchful of them but I am concerned that my scavenging snails will eat them up. Has anyone been through this?
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:43 PM   #2
 
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i dint see mine drop any eggs.just saw babies.i have java fern it is said to help baby rcs from getting eaten
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Old 08-22-2010, 03:52 PM   #3
 
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All my RCS are becoming new moms and I have read that they may drop their eggs...my question is if they are dropped is there a chance they will still hatch? It seems as though the parents are watchful of them but I am concerned that my scavenging snails will eat them up. Has anyone been through this?
I would think that the snails would easily consume any eggs they came across. I was reading where the eggs of a pregnant female shrimp are firmly attached, held together with a slime/mucus/glue-like substance. This "glue" also attaches to the females undercarriage. How/why does a female decide to drop her eggs?? I wonder...
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Old 08-22-2010, 04:04 PM   #4
 
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most of the time when my cherries drop there eggs they are consumed over night but as you already know java moss or matila fiber can realy help against predation..the eggs should still be viable after being dropped and should hatch within hours from doing so...just a comment..hope things turn out for you..good day..
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Old 08-22-2010, 04:07 PM   #5
 
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I would think that the snails would easily consume any eggs they came across. I was reading where the eggs of a pregnant female shrimp are firmly attached, held together with a slime/mucus/glue-like substance. This "glue" also attaches to the females undercarriage. How/why does a female decide to drop her eggs?? I wonder...
I am thinking the same thing. The only thing I can think of ,because I saw it happen once, was they like to hang out on my sponge filter and the eggs must have been pulled from the belly...so I turned it off and later saw she had picked them up again. (not unless I saw another preg RCS) Now I have 2 loads of babies laying on my substrate. I guess I will turn down my filter and see if there are any changes.
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Old 08-22-2010, 04:36 PM   #6
 
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they do drop them mines was full with eggs then a few days later i saw less then 30% of the eggs on her. saw things that look like baby fish but too small to be guppy fry on the tank wall.then saw a baby on one of the plants.not sure how many made it but oh well.natures cycle must go on.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:15 PM   #7
 
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most of the time when my cherries drop there eggs they are consumed over night but as you already know java moss or matila fiber can realy help against predation..the eggs should still be viable after being dropped and should hatch within hours from doing so...just a comment..hope things turn out for you..good day..

okay so it must be normal to drop the eggs..I just thought I was doing something wrong. Where the eggs are there are MTS and pond snails..it is in a hard to reach place for me..( I was going to shove some naja grass around them but figured my battle is with surface creatures and not fish. So I don't figure it will help.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:16 PM   #8
 
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they do drop them mines was full with eggs then a few days later i saw less then 30% of the eggs on her. saw things that look like baby fish but too small to be guppy fry on the tank wall.then saw a baby on one of the plants.not sure how many made it but oh well.natures cycle must go on.
I hope I get lucky..not so sure they are ready to hatch. People have said they get darker when they are getting ready..mine still look bright yellow.
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Old 08-23-2010, 12:32 PM   #9
 
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Darn it..some of the eggs got eaten last night..I maybe have 5 left. Hopefully I just can't see them and they are covered by some dust. Gosh I have had them forever and I want some babies..NOW..lol
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:27 PM   #10
 
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0.0 you can see the eggs??? i have no idea where all mine has gone to.seriously i counted 5 females with eggs after reading this thread but in a tank with over 45 rcs it's hard to find them.
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