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How to Breed Red Cherry Shrimp This article will teach you how to breed the easiest of the

freshwater shrimp: red cherry shrimp (Neocaridina denticulata sinensis). Red cherry shrimp, or RCS, are in a group called "dwarf shrimp". The adults can reach up to 1.5 inches (4cm) in length. RCS need no special tanks, foods, dances, or shamans to breed. Tank conditions are easy to set up. They are a fun addition to an aquarium and eat uneaten fish food. Steps


One type of bubble filter on leftSet up your tank. You will need a 5 to 10 gallon or 20 to 40 litre tank, a heater (to keep temperature at 75F-80F or 24-27C during cool nights), gravel (colour is not important), and a bubble filter that is cycled.

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Another type of bubble filter on right To cycle a bubble filter in a new tank, put the new bubble filter in an old tank, turn it on, and wait for 4 weeks. RCS will not survive the cycling process and will die from high levels of ammonia or nitrites.

A fine mesh cover for the filter intake Do not use a power filter unless the whole intake is covered with pantyhose (or something with similar very small holes) and secured with a zip tie (otherwise shrimp may get sucked into the filter and pureed).


A freshwater master test kitBuy a master test kit. This is absolutely required for keeping shrimp. It is impossible to determine the problem with a tank without a master test kit. You will need the following

3Purchase 5-10 red cherry shrimp. Wait 15 minutes. Do not buy RCS (or any fish or shrimp) that the pet store received in the last 3 or 4 days. This only applies loosely to the bags that are just normal plastic. Cherry shrimp are VERY hard to kill and will most likely have no problem with a week in transit. It is normal and desirable for the shipping bag containing shrimp to be filled with 1/3 to 1/2 water. Put the bag into the water and clip it to the tank side using a binder clip. Take into consideration the weather over the distance it will be shipped. just acclimate them to the temperature and dump them into the tank.tests: ammonia.) 6Dump the shrimp in the tank. The temperature and water parameters (like pH) should have equalized enough not to shock the shrimp. Get drop tests. Also request breather bags. RCS cost $1. If someone wants to ship with a method that takes longer than 3 days. it is easy to get a good deal these days. so buy after this period. ask for pictures about how the shrimp are packaged. Drop kits are much cheaper per test and last longer. nitrite. cherries are very hardy and hard to kill relative to other shrimp. 7 . Buy only shrimp that have been in the store tanks at least 4 days. nitrate. This maximizes the trapped oxygen in the bag during shipping. Click to enlarge. Chlorine and chloramines will kill shrimp so make sure you get a dechlorinator that neutralizes both. 5 Acclimating shrimp. Repeat 2 more times. Add 1/4 cup tank water to the bag (perhaps use 1 turkey baster full of water). 4Fill your tank with water that you have added dechlorinator to. If shipping with these bags. They cost much less per shrimp via online on websites and forums. Try to get a mix of clear (males can have some red as well) males and red females. not test strips. and expire after about 6 months of being open. see if seller can use pure oxygen opposed to just air.50 . Test strips are expensive. ask for heat packs or ice packs in the shipping container to help counter ambient temperatures if that is a potential problem. your chance of getting both males and females is pretty much guaranteed.$3 (US) each at a pet store.Get the shrimp used to the water using these steps. many people also offer free shipping like $20 or so for 20 or so shrimp. Any deaths from the stress of shipping tend to occur during the 3-4 days after putting them in the store tanks. (An alternative to this is to test the bag's water parameters and your tank's if it is similar. If you get 10 shrimp.

Shrimp will not eat their babies unless they are starving. especially if you just start with 10 shrimp. Female shrimp should get greenish or yellowish eggs under their tail within 30 days of you receiving them. The eggs should move to their tails in 7-10 days. baby shrimp get a lot of their daily food out of the "waste". These are eggs in their ovaries. or on the bottom. but not metal. Feed very small amounts once per day. Cook on high for 1 minute. High nitrates can kill shrimp. the eggs will hatch in 3-4 weeks. The eggs should be under their tail in 7-10 days.Shrimp like to hide in broken pots.Set your heater to about 80F or 27C. skip that feeding and check again later. A 10 gallon or 40 litre tank can safely hold 100-150 adult RCS if you change 25% of the water each week without exception. about 2mm long. You will notice how the mom fans the eggs occasionally to prevent fungus from growing on them. Once the eggs are under their tails. Female shrimp get a yellowish "saddle-shaped" patch behind their head. The eggs will hatch faster if the water is warmer. sinking pellets. You do not even need small pieces of food as they will rip off a piece of flake and feed it to themselves. Besides. then drop into tank.) If there is still food in the tank when you feed them. weight it down with a zip tie. some do. the babies are quick to get away.If water temperature is warm enough and there is enough food. Cover with about an inch or so or 3cm of water. A flake the size of your pinky fingernail should last 10 RCS about 2. put one slice in a microwave safe bowl. which are their ovaries. Click to enlarge. Shrimp eat anything a fish would. a piece of plastic. (Foods with copper compounds are not ok for RCS. perhaps 3 days.Call us! . However too much waste will cause a buildup of nitrates. or a marble. The 2 vertical female RCS have yellowish "saddles" behind their heads. To blanch zucchini. Check it daily when you feed them. But their shape is the same as an adult RCS. if they don't already have eggs. Use another thermometer (like a digital if you can afford it) to verify your heater is working accurately. 9 The amano shrimp near the top of the picture is larger than a red cherry shrimp. 8Feed the shrimp flake food. they will simply breed. Some shrimp do not like algae tablets. and clear. 10Maintain the tank. or blanched squash or zucchini. If the zucchini floats. Do not vacuum the bottom of the tank. Baby RCS look just like the adults. Ads by Google Fish Ball Manufacturer Handmade fishball in Malacca with 50 yrs of experiences. Let cool for 20 minutes. You may wake up one day to find tiny clear shrimp on the plants. but they are very small.

my/Bak-Lai-Fishball Megasupply Aquaculture Solutions Feeds. However they will not breed at this temperature. (Discover Magazine. add dechlorinator to a 5 gallon or 20 litre bucket. platies. These include phosphates which is a leading cause of algae or other chemicals. nitrate<50. You should never use pH up or pH down. nitrite=0. The only chemical you need is a dechlorinator which neutralizes chlorine and chloramines. It will likely have friends who are eating it. RCS can survive cold temps down to 60F for long periods of time. HOLLOW. RCS can survive a variety of pH ranges as long as they get used to it slowly. If your tap water has high levels of bad chemicals. like livebearers (guppies. This is normal! Shrimp shed their shells so they can grow. shrimp should be given their own tank with no other fish. Probiotics & Equipment www.iProperty.0-8. like: oscars. In the lower right you see a shrimp shell from a ghost shrimp You will occasionally find whitish. Other fish are safe with shrimp. you can use Reverse Osmosis water instead of tap water mixed with dechlorinator. clear and hollow.mega-supply. The temperature of the two waters do not have to be exactly the same but it must be close. For best results. . shrimp-shaped shells in your shrimp tank. The new water should be about the same temperature as the tank water. Tap water sometimes contains a myriad of other chemicals that can alter your water's parameters. A shell (or exoskeleton) will look whitish. stress coat. most catfish (except veggie eaters). They will only compound your problems. A truly dead shrimp will look pink. January 2009. or look more solid white. you should be fine. and ph is 6.www. If your EditTips The biggest mistake a new person can make is using too many chemicals. like nitrates. angelfish. Some fish will eat these small Water Purifier Malaysia Find Water Purifier Companies & Other Home Services in Malaysia www. Use your fingers to feel the temperature.) When adding new water. cichlids.panpages. Scientists have linked phosphate levels to higher growth of cyanobacteria. as long as the temperature change was slow (over hours instead of minutes). mollies).

porkchop rasboras. nitrites. which are often regarded as the best cleaners for fish tanks. as well as baby shrimp. Even in a shrimp only tank this will be appreciated. lead (from plant weights) and elemental copper will kill shrimp. They flick out of their old skin in the blink of an eye. especially copper. like black. Any type of catfish. www. Shrimp in general are sensitive to.701pages. Shrimps love a small piece of boiled carrot.Shrimp who are getting ready to molt will form a "u" shape. Java moss makes excellent cover and forage. predator fish. Copper sulfate in fish foods is safe as it is a copper compound in low amounts. you will have a hard time keeping shrimp alive. Ads by Google Potty Train Your Dog Fast Within 6 days. Free Delivery Call us now +6016. leaving behind a perfect hollow replica of themselves. It is very fast. A darker gravel. angelfish. Do remove it within 24 hours or it will pollute the water. oscars. platies. Adult RCS are safe with guppies. and high nitrates.TrainPetDog. and can be killed by chloramines. In a community tank it's essential to provide some shelters for shrimps that have just molted. If you are lucky will see them Soft Shell Crab RM 23/kg 7 to 8pcs1kg.6270606 www. chlorine.ever. Make sure your water dechlorinator takes care of chlorine and chloramines. or eels will eat Malaysia Drinking Water Need Clean Drinking Water Supplies? Get a List of Contacts Here! www. Uncoated heavy metals like zinc. It also improves their color. mollies. ammonia. clown loaches. There are special shelters for sale but even a few small terracotta flowerpots will do nicely. your dog will never pee and poop inside again . The dangerous stuff . makes the shrimp more red as they try to match the color of the substrate. If a tank has ever had elemental copper in it.seafoodikt. or any fish too small to eat the shrimp. more babies will survive. Perhaps the best way to grow java moss is to simply let your Red Cherry Shrimp pick it clean of any algae. They will bend and try to touch their tail. Red Cherry Shrimp eat many more types of algae than the Caridina japonica (Amano shrimp).com/Drinking-Water EditWarnings Many fish will eat adult shrimp. If you have lots of cover.

Saltwater crustaceans MAY have a need for supplemental iodine.[1] Do NOT remove any empty shells of molted shrimp. For example. an iodine supplement is NOT needed for freshwater crustaceans. I thought I'd take a little time to talk about what has worked for me. My second purchase contained a pregnant female and she ended up having the babies in a small pint cup when I was moving her into her permanent home. I bought my first batch of 10 cherry shrimp and 10 amano shrimp and rest is history. They get enough iodine from their food. Some copper COMPOUNDS seem to be safe for shrimp. It is safe to feed shrimp the food with copper sulfate since it is not elemental copper. I soon had nearly 100 and I ended up giving some away and selling some to other hobbists. Despite a persistent myth. Cherry Shrimp Breeding and Care I've seen a lot of people asking questions about cherry shrimp and breeding requirements. It wasn't until my second batch of cherry shrimp before I realized how easy they were to elemental copper (copper metal). I got into the hobby a little over a year ago and found this site and a few others and quickly became interested in freshwater shrimp. tank setup. I set up a 20 gallon planted tank and moved a bunch of the shrimp into it and now I have successfully bred nearly 1. water parameters. . The copper compound found in snail killing concoctions is toxic to shrimp and inverts because it is so concentrated. I started with a 10 gallon tank with various plant clippings from my main 65g tank and I noticed more and baby shrimp each week. etc. tiny amounts of copper sulfate are commonly used as a preservative in almost all fish food. There is no scientific support that freshwater shrimp use iodine in the water column.000 very nicely colored cherry shrimp. Many will consume this to get back valuable minerals.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions. Thanks!!! I thought I'd add some recent pics to show my breeding population and tank: . I also recommend you maintain genetic diversity after a few generations of breeding. Keep up with water changes! Cherry shrimp are highly prone to nitrate poisoning and they need good water to maintain good health and molting. Any invertebrate food will suffice as long as it does not contain any large amounts of copper (READ those labels!). I do weekly 30% water changes. 5.10 hours a day on a timer. PH of 7. I hope I haven't forgotten anything. 10.. 3. Moderate water hardness seems to work the best for robust breeding and coloration. 6. 1.Here is what has worked for me and what I suggest for other people if they want to try their hand at breeding cherry shrimp. This helps reduce the occurance of inbred deformities or weak shrimp. Sponge filters are the best since they do not pose a danger to baby shrimp. 7. I have traded shrimp with other hobbist a few times. 2. I highly recommend the addition of live plants to maintain good water quality. I DO NOT dose liquid iodine as the shrimp will get all they need from a proper diet. 4. I use full spectrum lighting. Tank size should be at least 10 gallons to support up to 100-150 shrimp (based on weekly 30% water changes).. 9.6) and I treat it with declorinator (Amquel). I will occasionally drop in a piece of boiled vegetable (squash or spinach). PH 7. 8. I feed my shrimp once a day in small amounts. I use plain tap water (moderate hardness. I feed them HBH Vegetable Wafers and HBC Crab & Lobster Bites exclusively. You can easily do this by introducing new cherry shrimp from other sources.6 has worked well for me. Temp should be between 75-78F. 11.

and total dissolved . Bees.5 to 6. interesting and challenging. Because dwarf shrimp have such short life spans (typically 12 to 18 months). on the other hand. we'll explore the basics of shrimpkeeping and how to successfully maintain dwarf freshwater shrimp in a nano aquarium.) In this article. weekly water changes of 10 to 30 percent of the tank volume are recommended. GH from 3 to 6. A fully cycled planted tank is an ideal shrimp habitat.Dwarf freshwater shrimp and nano aquariums (the two of which are often associated) are rapidly growing and rewarding segments of the aquatic hobby. Commonly accepted breeding parameters for bees include a temperature from 72 to 77 degrees and pH of 5. The availability of new shrimp varieties has increased greatly over the last couple of years. along with the number of dedicated shrimp tanks being cultivated throughout the country. are more demanding. a shrimp tank that is not well-maintained to foster breeding will soon either be an empty tank or a very expensive tank as the shrimpkeeper continually replaces shrimp as they reach maturity and expire. Basic Training Water The single most important factor for a successful shrimp tank is water quality and stability. They do best when kept with reverse osmosis (RO) water. There are three categories of decorative freshwater shrimp that are widely available to the hobbyist today: Sulawesi. Neocaridina species and Caridina cantonensis. Ideally match the new water temperature to your tank water temperature before the water change.8. They are referred to as neos and bees. respectively. (See the "Neo and Bee Varieties" sidebar for more information about available shrimp varieties. The mission — if you choose to accept it — is not just to keep shrimp alive in a nano tank but to also achieve and maintain a healthy shrimp colony through successful breeding. Neos are being raised across the United States in conditioned tap water of varying pH and hardness. I will concentrate on the Neocaridina species and Caridina cantonensis. A relatively small initial investment in time and money will allow the beginner to explore this exciting hobby and reap success. Measured water parameters should be: KH between zero and 2. pH from 6 to 8. Neos can live and thrive in a variety of water parameters: a temperature range of 60 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. They originate from mountain creeks in southern China where the water is soft and clean. and varying degrees of water hardness. The many new varieties of dwarf shrimp being introduced to the United States market make this hobby vibrant. To keep your water pristine.

Avoid adding carbon dioxide to nourish the plants. Without carbon dioxide. the plant selection will be more limited. but the shrimp colony will be protected. such as duckweed. The optimal temperature for egg and baby survival is 75 degrees. Five percent every week or 10 percent every other week is sufficient in a mature shrimp-only tank. Floating plants. and a fan blowing across the top of the water can be used in warm summer months. A heater can be used to regulate temperature during winter. The reason to avoid large water changes is because a large water change can drastically affect the water parameters. A higher average temperature within the tolerable range generally results in faster-growing shrimp and better breeding conditions. Stability is the key for baby shrimp survival. Java fern and crypts are great choices for shrimp tanks. Be careful when adding rocks as hardscape to your tank. Mosses. Bee shrimp tend to do better when there are fewer water changes and when smaller amounts of water are exchanged during each cycle. Plants also provide places for baby shrimp and expecting mother shrimp to hide. but the higher temperature also leads to a measurable reduction in the life span of the shrimp. Your water target is stable and clean. Plants Plants are highly recommended in a shrimp tank to assist with maintaining water quality. Adding driftwood or Indian almond leaves will also assist in lowering the pH. Many beekeepers install an active substrate to buffer the pH in order to ensure the desired range. There are several products on the market that can be used to reconstitute the RO water to the target GH and TDS levels without raising the KH. the greatest challenge in a nano shrimp tank will be water stability. Some rocks will affect water hardness and directly impact bee breeding. With a nano shrimp tank. are also great plants that will help keep your water pristine. however. . A minimum tank size of 5 gallons is recommended to maintain temperature stability. bees require cleaner water than neos. Stability As you may gather. This is not because the bee shrimp like dirtier water. frogbit and water lettuce. a 5gallon RO water bottle can last a few weeks to a month.solids (TDS) within the range of 100 ppm to 200 ppm (parts per million). A piece of driftwood tied with some moss on it is commonly used as hardscape for tanks. Plants remove ammonia and nitrates from the water. on the contrary. unless you are an advanced shrimpkeeper. As a final note on water stability. it is recommended to replace evaporated water with distilled or RO water to maintain a stable water hardness level.

Ideally you need to be able to see the entire tank so that you can quickly detect any dead shrimp.cantonensis). Photo credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock Red Fire dwarf shrimp (Neocaridina denticulata sinensis).Try to strike a balance between the number of plants in the tank versus the tank surface visibility. hang-on-the-back (HOB) filters. and in the worst case. Shrimp especially "enjoy" and thrive with massive amounts of biological filtration with minimal flow. Remove dead shrimp immediately. Click image to enlarge Blue Tiger (Caridina cf. Ensure that the intake of any canister or HOB filter is covered with a sponge prefilter to prevent shrimp from being sucked into the filter. they increase the dissolved oxygen level in the water. Lighting Lighting should be kept low to minimize hair algae — a common nuisance in a tank that has no carbondioxide supplementation and too much lighting or too long of a photoperiod. there are active substrates on the market that were originally designed for plants that will also help reach target water parameters. As mentioned earlier. Sponge filters are great options because in addition to filtration. thus directly enhancing shrimp breeding capability. it could have died of a bacterial infection that will be contagious if it is eaten by other critters in the tank. a dead shrimp will quickly foul the water quality. undergravel filters and sponge filters. Use a canister or hang-on-the-back filter in conjunction with a small sponge filter if you want to see your shrimp population really explode. Neo & Bee Varieties Varieties of neos (Neocaridina) are relatively plentiful and include: Cherry . Photo credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock Equipment Filters suitable for shrimp tanks include canister filters.

Yellow Snowball Fire Red Sakuras Red Rili Blue Rili Green Rili Pumpkin Chocolate Varieties of bees (Caridina cantonensis) are more expansive and include: Bumblebee Princess Bee Crystal Red Crystal Black Golden Snow White Tiger Blue Tiger Black Tiger Red Tiger Tangerine Tiger King Kong .

Panda Wine Red Blue Bolt Pure Red Line Pure Black Line Shadow Panda Feeding Feed shrimp a varied diet for optimal health. suggesting that a neophyte shrimpkeeper will be happier and more successful starting with neos. Plant matter dramatically improves the color that shrimp exhibit. Anticipated Resistance Now that we've gone over the basics of shrimpkeeping. Where to begin? Many people wonder where they should start if they want to begin keeping decorative freshwater shrimp. local clubs and shops) makes them the shrimp of choice for first-timers. They will scavenge for microscopic particles that are always present in a mature tank. Shrimp can actually survive for long periods without any feeding if the tank has plants. . Yellows and Rilis are considered beautiful shrimp. Neos are considered to be easier to raise. five to 10 shrimp will likely provide good starting stock for a nano tank. and a high-protein diet improves growth rate and breeding. depending on the number of shrimp in your tank. breed more easily. uneaten foods foul the water. grow faster and are less sensitive to changes in their environment than their bee counterparts. Don't clean the glass of your tank for a few weeks if you plan on leaving for a trip. so it is important to remove any uneaten food after that time period to maintain water quality. only feed what they can consume in a six-hour period. Pinch off a pea-sized piece of boiled spinach. algae on the glass and natural microorganism film. Rotting. and feed protein at least once per week. Shrimp also love blanched leafy greens. To start a colony. and watch your shrimp go crazy for their home-cooked meal. and their more affordable price (as found on Internet forums. Do not overfeed your shrimp colony. Sinking tablets and veggie tabs are common staples for a shrimp tank. Fire Reds. Neos accept a much wider range of water parameters. here are a few questions and concerns that many new shrimpkeepers have. Feed only a tiny amount every day or every other day.

Should you wish to start with bees. Bees are also considered some of the most valuable and beautiful creatures you can keep in an aquarium. The presence of fish will also stress the adult shrimp in the colony. It is not advised to house neos with other neo varieties in a successful breeding tank. be aware that they require much more specific water parameters to breed. The reason is that any shrimp that can fit in a fish's mouth will be at risk. Bees likewise should not be kept with other bee varieties. Shrimp tankmates? The previous question leads to another frequently asked question: What types of shrimp can be kept together? Most dwarf freshwater shrimp have been selectively bred for color and pattern. High-grade bees are considered among the most sensitive creatures kept in aquariums today. Fish Tankmates? One question that always seems to come up is: What types of fish can be safely introduced into a shrimp tank? The sad answer is that fish are generally not recommended for a shrimp tank. reducing pregnancy rates and egg clutch size. For example. If you insist on keeping a few fish in your nano shrimp tank. with the possible exception of Otocinclus species. The result of their offspring will be wild neos — their coloration will revert to a clear or pale brown as they are found in the wild. and the shrimp babies will have higher survival rates in a shrimp-only habitat. I have kept chili rasboras and pygmy cories in my nano with no observed aggression toward shrimp. However. cross-breeding a Crystal Red with a Tiger will result in a Tibee hybrid. the increased fish bioload and activity did reduce the number of pregnant female shrimp and their egg clutch sizes. nano or otherwise. A yellow and red shrimp that breed together will not give you an orange shrimp. but be advised that you will likely have to "pay your dues" by losing a few shrimp in the process of learning before these beauties can realistically become part of your colony. Bee cross-breeding will usually (but not always) result in a hybrid bee rather than a wild one. . Shrimp are also likely to be much more active and visible in a shrimp-only tank. Obviously they are tempting and certainly are available. Newborn shrimp are not much larger than the tip of a sewing needle. unless cross-breeding is intended to create some sort of visually interesting hybrid. it is best to first let your shrimp colony become established and then add the fish at a later time.

most planted tank forums have added a shrimp and invertebrate section with a lot of good information. There are several shrimp-dedicated forums online for additional information and advanced techniques of shrimpkeeping. Mission Accomplished The lesson to carry from this exploration of shrimpkeeping is to enjoy the process. This is an adaptation to living in dessert lakes that dries out. If so inclined. However. that they can live 5 hours in fresh water before they die and the fact that the eggs can be stored for many years as long as they are kept away from water and oxygen. target the water parameters for the bee shrimp. You will likely find shrimpkeepers in these aquatic clubs that will be more than happy to help you out. join a local club like SCAPE (Southern California Aquatic Plants Enthusiasts). Once you find success. The reward will be a healthy. Once the tried eggs are returned into oxygenated saltwater they resume their development and hatch. Due to the increasing popularity of shrimp. your dwarf shrimp colony will not self-destruct. Typically one variety of neo and one variety of bee can be intermingled. water discipline and feeding. neos and bees. are aggressive and will kill many of the young shrimp.Housing the two types. Enjoy this exciting and fast-growing segment of the aquatic hobby. be aware that ghost or glass shrimp should not be kept with neos or bees. AFI Growing Adult Brine Shrimp By: William Berg General Info: Brine shrimps or artemia is a zooplankton used as fry food although Brine shrimps can be grown to about 20 mm (0. Ghost shrimp. Good luck on your shrimp mission. you will want more shrimp to add to your collection. When keeping neos and bees together. . With good care.8 inch) in length and be a valuable food source for adult fishes. What makes brine shrimps such ideal fry food is their good nutritional value. in particular. viable and thriving shrimp colony. as well as the pleasure of watching the colony grow and change over time. is often successful in the same shrimp tank. Be forewarned that shrimpkeeping can become addictive.

0-9. There are brine shrimp food available in pet stores that contains micro algae for the nauplii to eat however there are quite a few cheaper alternative that you can by in your regular grocery store. It’s hard to know how much to feed the nauplii however the transparency of the water can be of help. After 12 hours they enter the second stage if development and start feeding by filtering micro algae from the water. . Brine shrimp can live for up to 3 month. The optimal hatching temperature is depending on the origin of the brine shrimps however temperatures between 25-30°C (77-86°F) are to be recommended.0 (pH 6.022-1. wheat flour.0 is acceptable) Once they hatch they enter the Umbrella stage during which the larva doesn’t feed since they don’t have any developed mouth or anus.The hatching time is depending on the temperature and takes 15 to 20 hours at 25°C (77°F). Caring for your Brine shrimp There are several factors that contribute to the successful raising of brine shrimp to adult size. egg yolk. The first weeks you should be able to se about 15 cm in the water. soybean powder.026 density) . . They survive on their yolk sack during this time.PH 8. The nauplii grows fast and can reach adulthood in 8 days. They accepts most foods the can filter out of the water as long as it’s not to big and doesn’t dissolve in water. The two most important besides given the brine shrimp the above stated water perimeters are: • Feeding: brine shrimp are not hard to feed. A Higher temperature shortens hatching time. When the nauplii grows the food concentration should be kept a little lower and a water transparency of 25 cm is recommended. Since this article is focusing on growing your brine shrimp to adulthood I will not address the question of how to hatch brine shrimp.Recommended salinity is 30-35 ppt (1. Food levels should be kept constant so frequent feedings are required. Examples on this are Yeast.

This means that water changes are of utmost importance. . This should be done by night using a flashlight to draw the brine shrimp to the surface. This is to prevent low oxygen levels which will be a result of poor water quality. They will be able to spawn 10 times during a normal lifespan. Breeding brine shrimp If well cared for and kept in a low salinity then your adult brine shrimp will (might) spawn in your aquarium. However if well cared for they can as I stated earlier life for as long as 3 month and during that entire time spawn every 4 days. I recommend changing at least 20% two times a week. Brine shrimp are drawn to light and the light from the flashlight will attract the brine shrimp to the light source keeping them safe while you are cleaning the bottom of the tank.• Aquarium maintenance: Brine shrimp are usually kept in small tanks which means that water quality may deteriorate quickly. Every adult female is capable of producing 75 nauplii a day or rather 300 nauplii every 4 days. It’s also important to clean the bottom of the tank since brine shrimp moult very often during their way to adult hood which leaves a lot of remains on the bottom of the tank which may deteriorate the water quality.

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