Cherry barb fry, hatched in shrimp tank. ON ACCIDENT

SanDiegoRedneck

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as some of you know i am trying to breed blue dream shrimp. As well as my cherry barbs are spawning.

I planned this week to make a spawning tank set-up for barbs but haven't, because they eat the eggs i think.

WELL I WAS CHECKING ON SHRIMP TODAY.

And saw this a fry. It must be cherry barb as i moved some java moss from cherry barb tank to the shrimp tank.

QUESTION

I have a tank w juvinile guppies, should i try to put him there? Is he gonna eat my shrimpletts? Or is he still to tiny?

such an awesome issue.
 

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Mhamilton0911

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Aww! He is cute!! I had guppy fry in with shrimp until they were big enough to try to eat shrimp, then I moved them. My shrimp tank has so much bio film so the fry did really well.
 
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SanDiegoRedneck

SanDiegoRedneck

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Aww! He is cute!! I had guppy fry in with shrimp until they were big enough to try to eat shrimp, then I moved them. My shrimp tank has so much bio film so the fry did really well.
I was still drinking my coffee, i thought i was tripping. It took a second to figure out where this magic fish came from.

Also what do you think. Maybe i should just switch java moss from barbs every few days to get some eggs. And just take moss to tank w other fry and let hatch.
 

Mhamilton0911

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Yeah if you have enough to keep rotating, or see them deposit eggs on a clump. My shrimp tank was a good fry tank because of all the available food and 0 predators. But when they are big enough to eat shrimplets I moved mine, but with lots of adequate cover, the shrimplets will survive by hiding just fine.
 
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SanDiegoRedneck

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Yeah if you have enough to keep rotating, or see them deposit eggs on a clump. My shrimp tank was a good fry tank because of all the available food and 0 predators. But when they are big enough to eat shrimplets I moved mine, but with lots of adequate cover, the shrimplets will survive by hiding just fine.
Total i probably have a basketball amount of java moss. If i saw that one this morning im hoping there is more than one or more will hatch the shrimp tank is super thick w plants.

So hard to see what is really in there
 

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FishBoy101

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It should be fine with that much java moss.
 

Flyfisha

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How exciting it always is?
Be careful the breeding bug will bite you.
Moving moss is the same as moving a spawning mop. If we had an unlimited supply of fresh green moss we would not need acrylic wool spawning mops.

I have had rainbow eggs hatch 14 days after the mop was removed from the fish tank and just be sitting in a bucket in a warm room with an air stone. So suggest moss is not as versatile as an acrylic wool spawning mop.

I would let the fry have a free go at any day old shrimp, if they can catch a couple good luck to them.
Assuming you have more shrimp than you want?
 

tnrsmomma

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I had the same thing happen with zebra danios! Moved some moss to the shrimp tank, a week later, magical mystery fry! Lol. I moved them when they seemed big enough to eat the shrimplets.
 
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SanDiegoRedneck

SanDiegoRedneck

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How exciting it always is?
Be careful the breeding bug will bite you.
Moving moss is the same as moving a spawning mop. If we had an unlimited supply of fresh green moss we would not need acrylic wool spawning mops.

I have had rainbow eggs hatch 14 days after the mop was removed from the fish tank and just be sitting in a bucket in a warm room with an air stone. So suggest moss is not as versatile as an acrylic wool spawning mop.

I would let the fry have a free go at any day old shrimp, if they can catch a couple go luck to them.
Assuming you have more shrimp than you want?
I think i will set up a cherry barb fry tank. Because i do want to breed the blue shrimp and just started. First pregnant female.
 

YellowGuppy

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I had the same thing happen with zebra danios! Moved some moss to the shrimp tank, a week later, magical mystery fry! Lol. I moved them when they seemed big enough to eat the shrimplets.
I have a couple surprise goldfish fry - I transplanted some hornwort from a tank at work that I help care for, and all of a sudden my native species tank has a non-native species! They're big enough now that I could put them in my community tank, but not sure that I want to introduce them to such a controlled setting. It is a pretty cool problem to have, I'll admit!

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PS - The water is currently much cleaner than in the photo, now that I know something other than swamp critters is living in that tank!
 
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SanDiegoRedneck

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I had the same thing happen with zebra danios! Moved some moss to the shrimp tank, a week later, magical mystery fry! Lol. I moved them when they seemed big enough to eat the shrimplets.
So we just found a cluster of eggs and i was able to collect witgout dropping. Now ill place piece of moss in shrimp tank
 

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