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molliefan09 11-15-2009 09:37 PM

asexual ghost shrimp???
so i have one ghost shrimp left out of the original least for the last 8 weeks i have only seen the one. However during my nighttime feeding routine i was watching my ghost shrimp and it has these little gray-ish balls inside it and it seems like it is acting strange...normally it is the first one to the sinking pellets and when i am feeding my ADF it is usually all over my hand trying to get the food.after doing some googleing i found nothing that mentioned asexual behavoir but i found a photo of a shrimp carrying eggs and it seems as though this is was the gray-ish balls are.....i know female bird will lay eggs with out a male present to fertilize it the same for these guys or should i be expecting babies?!?!

fish999 11-16-2009 08:00 AM

Some sea creatures will store sperm packets and use them later. I wouldn't be surprised if your shrimp was fertilized back when you had others in the tank. How long ago was that?

molliefan09 11-16-2009 07:57 PM

it has been about 8 weeks since i have more than one

teddyzaper 11-16-2009 08:39 PM

that will probably be it. dont stress about the babies the ones that will live are usualy the strongest and will live a long life, just let them swim around and give them some cover till they get big enough to not be eaten by ur other fish

molliefan09 11-16-2009 08:43 PM

i dont mind having the babies nor do i mind if nature takes its course and some dont make it. i was just surprised that she was carrying eggs since she has been the only one for so long

molliefan09 11-16-2009 09:46 PM

how long to they usually hold the eggs for? i dont know for sure how long she has been usually pretty observant but i just noticed she was carrying them last night....but she is sometimes difficult to see im not sure....

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