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Cherry Shrimp over the years

Discussion in 'Shrimp and Invertz' started by John N., Jun 1, 2009.

  1. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    I've had cherry shrimp for a few years now. My reaction over the years has progress from

    1. These are really cool looking!
    2. Holy crap! I think my cherry shrimp is carrying eggs!
    3. These little baby shrimp are so cute and cool! I can't wait for more! :D
    4. Wow-wee, these guys are really breeding fast…a little too fast…/:)
    5. Oh bother, I need to get rid of these guys...too many!
    6. But they are so cool looking and good algae eaters...:-?
    7. I thin them out, and keep some!
    8. Repeat cycle. :)
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    Cherry Shrimp Photo from ASW Photo Gallery

    Anyone feel the same way? :))

    -John N.
     
  2. Asgard

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    Yep, been there too....
    Then I started to give them away as presents to tank-keeping-friends (no!, no more shrimps! keep 'em), now I try to 'breed' more selective and sell/trade the surplus to/with my LFS.
    As far as algae goes: the Amano's (caridina multidentata) are doing a much much better job, within a month absolutely no more hair,- and cladofora algae.
     
  3. tirtha1979

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    John .......... 300% agree with you. Started with only 7 RCS 3 months before and now they are 100+. But don't have heart to take them out of the tank as they are super cute. :-x

    BTW.... Ho did you managed to get that vibrant red color out of them!! what are they feeding on?
     
  4. Shadow

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    selective breeding, take out those not so red one.
     
  5. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    That photo is one I got from our ASW gallery. Here's another cool photo of a cherry shrimp I got from our May 2008 Aquascape of the Month.

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    Robert's correct, you can selectively breed them for the red versions. But sometimes I have noticed that lighter cherry shrimp can become redder if they are moved to a different tank.

    I moved some, and they immediately became a bright red (compared to light/clear red). I was very surprised. I suspect it has something to do with being comfortable, the lighting, and space.

    -John N.
     
  6. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    I´m new into Cherry keeping and breeding, actualy have 5 of them in my nano, one female has a plenty of eggs, hope to have success with them :)
     
  7. Asgard

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    I keep/breed my RCS in a special tank. I transfer the lighter shrimps to a tank with (shrimp-eating) fish Rhinogoby duospilus, Dario dario and then withing hours/days the most of them turn red! They have more space, there is different lighting but it isn't more comfortable. I thought it was predation what made them turn red....
    btw a very nice RCS picture!
     
  8. tirtha1979

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    Mom, Dad and 3 generations at family dinner :D

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    But again, mine are not as red as John. Recently started feeding them spinach. let me see if it can increase the color a bit.
     
  9. flashback3003

    flashback3003 New Member

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    Hey im new here=]but i have lots of shrimp experience!
    I started off with 2 RCS and now i have about 50 of em and its only been a month.
    Oh and tirtha,nice pics and shrimp!
     

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