Small shrimp that don't breed in the aquarium?

Discussion in 'Inverts' started by nry, 14 Mar 2010.

  1. nry

    nry Member

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    Are there any small shrimp that won't breed in the aquarium? I ended up having to frequently cull the mixed batch which were sold as Amano (via eBay) as they bred like rabbits, had more shrimp than the usual snail pests!

    I like the bumble bee shrimp but they appear to breed easily too - I know I could likely sell them on but I'd rather have as low maintenance as possible.
     
  2. JamesM

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    Have a google around for Orange and Green Dwarf Shrimp... don't see them that often, but some Maidenheads get both from time to time, and breeding is unreported afaik :)
     
  3. Steve Smith

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    I hear that rednose shrimp need salt/brackish to breed. Might be worth researching them. They're pretty cool looking.
     
  4. Garuf

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    Purple zebra too. My LFS has Orange shrimp in all the time and reckons they're the hardiest of them all.
     
  5. Steve Smith

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    I thought the orange shrimp were basically cherries? If so, they'll breed like rabbits I assume.
     
  6. nry

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    Cheers all - is there truely the need for shrimp in a tank? I'm wondering if I need any or not after a little reading, or maybe I'll just live with the breeding and go for some bumble bee shrimp...always liked them.
     
  7. Garuf

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    Afraid not, Orange shrimp need a brackish stage to breed.
     
  8. Steve Smith

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    You don't need them. They do perform a function, but they're not totally necessary. I think they make an interesting addition that isn't fish ;)

    Ah right, nice one Garuf. Didn't realise that. I think my LFS claimed they were cherries but orrange. That being said, the ones she had in may have been different to the ones you're talking about?
     
  9. andyh

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    Garuf is right

    true orange shrimps require brackish to breed so would be ideal. I believe they are Caridina sp not a neocaridiana (like cherries). They are fairly cheap too.
     
  10. JamesM

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    I think shrimp have more character than most small fish and I find them far more interesting personally.
     
  11. LondonDragon

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    Don't think they need brackish water, just the fry just go through a larvae stage before they become full shrimplets.

    I agree 100%.
     

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