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Sakura/Cherry Shrimp 5 years 4 months ago #85

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When I bought these shrimp they were small and I doubted whether these things would breed as fast as I was told. In less than a month they are now adult size and breeding like crazy. I have 5 berried females out of 6. I have some questions though. Since my males are so transparent and my females are almost PFRs will the babies be mixed or will the male look like the dad and the females look like the mom? Also, what is the gestation period of the eggs? And how many babies can I expect from 5 berried females assuming they carry them to term? Here are a few pics.



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Sakura/Cherry Shrimp 5 years 4 months ago #86

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Those males almost look like blue rilis!
Since my males are so transparent and my females are almost PFRs will the babies be mixed or will the male look like the dad and the females look like the mom?

If those really are rili males... you'd probably end up with a bunch of random rili patterns, I've never seen a male cherry so clear. If they are cherries the babies will be mixed, though most females will be more red, and males more clear. I'm having the same problem with my PFRs (low grade males).
Also, what is the gestation period of the eggs? And how many babies can I expect from 5 berried females assuming they carry them to term? Here are a few pics.

The berried females carry the eggs for about 1 month. Each neo carries approximately 40-50 eggs (to the best that I can count), so if you keep parameters stable and feed some powdery food, or spread it around the tank more. Possibly 200 shrimplets will survive into adulthood. Moss helps with baby survival rate, harbor beneficial microfauna they can eat.
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Sakura/Cherry Shrimp 5 years 4 months ago #87

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They are from PFR stock but the females turned out to be actual PFRs or close to it, while the males are really really low grade cherry. Can I just crush up some food into a powder like fish flake or other such food like barley pellets? Do I have to buy some powdered food if not? or can I make it easily and cheaply? Thanks for your response
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Sakura/Cherry Shrimp 5 years 4 months ago #88

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I use bee pollen as a baby food supplement, but for the longest I used nothing. Crushed veggie sticks will work too.

All you really need though is a healthy amount of moss and plenty of light, especially for neos. :) Unless your tank is really heavily planted I'd caution on the side of underfeeding rather than overfeeding.
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