Cleaner shrimp babies

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I've seen my cleaner shrimps with eggs numerous times, but never seen the fry hatch.  Tonight, I wandered past with just my moon lights on, and noticed my bengai cardinal going nuts.  So I took a closer look and saw hundreds of tiny white particles in the water.  Then I noticed they were not just drifting in the current, but twitching about too.  I could see that they appeared to have a head and tail.  I scooped some up in a cup and took a look and could clearly see two little dark eyes at the front.  They 're really too small to identify, but I'm guessing they are shrimp fry.  They could be clownfish fry, as I have a pair of them too, but I know my skunk cleaners produce eggs regularly, so I'm putting my money there.

I've read it's pretty hard to raise the fry of skunk cleaners, so just going to let nature take its course.

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For me it's just another good reason to have a pair of skunk cleaners, adding a natural live food into the system,  chances are though shoukd some fry survive they could be taken out by the adults, apparently they go postal during the  night on the weaker shrimp, I think someone posted a link, can't remember if it was here or RCUK  a while ago about.
I should really sort this out!!

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Reply #2

I knew about them killing each other off until they got to a pair, but I suspect they would just see the baby shrimp as food at the moment, rather than competition.

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i have breed peppermint shrimps, it is very hard to do, all shrimps are male and female but you still need 2 shrimps to have babies as they cannot self fertalise, once they start to breed mine were having babies every 14 days.

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Ooh, do you have pictures of the development? Did they develop?  :smiley:
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i made a big mistake by putting to many babies into 1 tank and i lost the lot, i did manage to get to 17 days old.

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Surely that's a good start, what food do they require?
I should really sort this out!!

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i used hatched baby brine shrimp to feed the baby shrimps


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