Berried females?

Novemayune

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I have a few saddled females and one who is currently berried. How long does it generally take for a female to go from being berried to shrimplets running around? I have plenty of cavelike places for them to hide, and I'm so excited to see baby ghosties!
 

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Good luck... I have heard baby ghosts are by far one of the hardest of the shrimps to raise... for the first week of their life they take on a larval forum and after one week then they look like their parents... I think it takes about 3 weeks for the eggs to hatch just start watching for small black dots to develop in the eggs (these will be eyes) after that you got a few days til its time! I have a berried ghost as well and to date I have never had an success raising the babies but I know lots of people do have great luck with it!
 

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Novemayune - Are you leaving the berried shrimp in the 55g with the fish? If you are there is a good chance that all the baby shrimp will get eaten before you even see them. I have ten Ghost Shrimp in my 55g and three in my 20g and I have yet to see a single larva survive. The larva can not move very well and are easy pickings for the fish. If you want them to have a chance you will need to move the berried shrimp to a separate tank. Good Luck.
 

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I'll be honest.... my ghosts are in a shrimp only tank and i had never had a large survive (it was a heated no filter tank sort of like the NPT I am doing now but no betta in that one) so in short it is still hard to rear them even if you have no fish in the tank...
 

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I didn't know what the chances were in a separate tank, but I knew they were not good in a tank with fish. I had thought about trying it myself, but have never gotten around to it.
 

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The chances are way better but feeding something you can't see is a pain in a half...
 
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Yeah, I think I'll just leave the berried female be. I was hoping that most of my platy would be eaten, but they have had tremendous luck surviving. :-/. Maybe the ghostie larvae will take some lessons from the platy fry. Qué será será in my tank, buddy :)

ETA: I hope a couple of them make it. I think I have three other females saddled right now, so maybe by sheer numerical odds I'll have some survivors...? ;:shrug
 
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