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American Glass Shrimp
April 5, 2008
5:15 pm
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keith565
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i can back from holiday this morning to find my American glass shrimp (Palaemonetes paludosus) female (who i separated before i went away) has released her larvae. now, as it's my first time with this shrimp, I'm not sure what to do.
these shrimp are not easy to propagate in the aquarium, they produce free floating larvae that need to be fed micro-food items before they molt into post-larva and assume a benthic (= on the ground) lifestyle.
i will let you guys know how i get on. I'm feeding liquifry to them at the mo and will move them onto ground spirulina soon. i read it takes about a week or so for them to develop into shrimplets. so fingers crossed.

April 5, 2008
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Wow what a nice thing to find on your return. Best of luck mate. Are they a completely freshwater species and are you doing any moulting of your own after a week in the sun? /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

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April 6, 2008
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lol, no m8, just nicely brown.
these are apparently a truly freshwater species, the larvae not needing a brackish/marine stage at all.
still hard to know if there is anything there. there are things bobbing about but they could be little copipods etc.

April 7, 2008
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Can you see anything with a magnifying glass mate?

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April 8, 2008
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well, there are little beasties dashing about the tank, but whether they are shrimp or other things it's hard to say. will keep looking and fingers crossed, something will appear looking like it should be on a mini bar bi /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

April 8, 2008
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Sounds great! Whatever they are /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

April 8, 2008
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a couple of pics off the net.

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April 8, 2008
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Oh, they are lovely /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
I hope you have some few little ones /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

April 8, 2008
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Cool-looking creatures /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> I assume that green mass in the first pic is eggs mate?

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April 9, 2008
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QUOTE(Matt @ Apr 8 2008, 01:00 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cool-looking creatures /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> I assume that green mass in the first pic is eggs mate?


yup, that is the eggs alrighty.
lots of shrimp have brightly coloured eggs.

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