Why don't my cherries breed?

Discussion in 'Inverts' started by Luketendo, 13 Feb 2009.

  1. Luketendo

    Luketendo Member

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    I bought like 15 or something cherries for my 30L tank like August last year, I think for some reason I only have like half left.

    However, I am extremely confused as to why they won't breed, they don't even look pregnant! I've got some paler ones, some strong red ones and a couple with like a pinky stripe down their back.

    The tank they live in is literally overgrown with moss!

    The fish in there are like 8 Green Neons, 6 Ottos and 1 Panda Cory. I know it's heavily stocked but people on here thought it was alright and it seems to be just that.

    Just wondering if there's any reason I don't have like 1 million cherry shrimps in my tank.
     
  2. JamesC

    JamesC Member

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    Try adding an indian almond leaf. Often does wonders in getting them and some fish species to breed.

    James
     
  3. a1Matt

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    I will start this by saying I am not a shrimp expert!...

    It could be that the are all the same sex.
    Many LFS only sell female cherries (or so I have heard).
     
  4. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    Or that or the shrimplets are getting eatten by the fish, if you want to breed shrimp I wouldn't recommend keeping them with any fish. I had 4 two month old Rainbow fry that started eating all my newborn shrimplets. I thought they were too small to eat them but I was wrong. Puzzled me why suddenly I saw no newborn tiny ones in my tank even though there were always female cherries carrying eggs. ;)
     
  5. Luketendo

    Luketendo Member

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    I don't think my shrimp have been carrying eggs at all!
     
  6. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    I'd put money on your shrimp being all females. I spent loads of money getting cherry shrimp and got nothing, before learning how to sex them and discovering all the shops were selling only females. I found a breeder and got a few males and a few weeks later I had loads with eggs.

    If you want I could send you a few males? just to make sure?

    Sam
     
  7. Luketendo

    Luketendo Member

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    Ok sounds like a plan, how much do you want for them?

    I do think a lot of them have that yellow plate thing, but do males not have one at all or what?
     
  8. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    how do you tell the difference with cherries?
     
  9. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    Luke, I'm not after much, just cover postage :)

    I sex based on body shape. Females are noticeably rounder in the body than males.

    Here females on top, a male below. Even when not carrying eggs, the females are much rounder.

    [​IMG]

    Sam

    EDIT

    Female without eggs

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    cheers Themuleous
     
  11. Luketendo

    Luketendo Member

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    Well from your pictures I think I may have some of both, but I'll try adding yours anyway, since they actually have bred before.
     

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