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    Cleaner Shrimp Release Young

    Well I couldn't figure out why the heck all the fish were racing around my tank... in the dark. Then after looking through one end towards the light I saw them... hundreds and hundreds of 1/16" long cleaner shrimp fry...

    The fry swam with jerking motions and swarmed all over the front glass where the light from the family room shone. I took a flashlight and could see the larger of the two cleaners tenderly picking away where her swimmerettes were standing open, with two of her legs. She must have been ensuring all the young were out.

    Needless to say this was a pretty amazing thing to witness... too bad I can't raise these little suckers... what the heck would they eat even if I could keep them alive?

    Anyway they make for some amazing fish food!
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    i think rotifers & plankton is what they eat.
    I believe Ijo has both in stock.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    That's really neat Van ... too bad they turned into live food. One of the things that attracted me to this hobby many years ago is that you never know what will be going on in your tank the next time you look. It never gets boring ... you can get out of it as much as you want by paying attention to what's going on in your tank .. day and night
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    Wow amazing........do you have any left this morning? Are thinking of isolating them?

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    Can't see any this morning... either hiding, dead or fishfood.. :

    It's amazing that they wait until dark to release their young so that they have the best chance of survival... mother nature has it all figured out...

    I guess that means I have a pair then because they've been in there for over a year... either that or it was a real long pregnancy...

    It would be really neat to start raising them... I'll have to see what's required or if it's even possible with cleaners... peppermints are one thing, cleaners and bloods another...

    One thing's for sure... can't have any fish with them...
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    If you plan on keeping them in the future keep us posted. I for one would be glad to give some a home

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    Very cool Van.

    However, you do not have a "pair". Scarlet Cleaner shrimp are hermaphroditic spawners and all members of a mature group produce eggs which are fertilized by another egg producing member within the group.

    Rearing the baby shrimp is very tough in captivity and requires lots of specialty attention. Here is a good link (a bit old though):

    http://www.breeders-registry.gen.ca....94/scarlet.htm

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    Interesting link!
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Interesting link... more good news, I noticed the other was full and green underneath last night and this morning... means more babies on the way with #2 shrimp as well... double whammy!!!!

    I'll read some more but I don't know... at $15 - $30 a pop at pet stores they aren't too popular so I probably get stuck with all the babies... NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Ahhh, nothing like reading about the breeding habits of shrimp on a Sunday afternoon.:couch:

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