Growth Rate? Cherry Shrimp Young - Help

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Hello all! So those of you familiar know my prized setup is my 10gal breeder aquascape for guppies and RCS. I've finally gotten females to berry and yesterday I actually managed to see the TINIEST little shrimplet on the glass eating some algae. I mean this thing was TINY (less than 2mm) and basically clear.

Now I know I was probably super lucky to even have seen one of these (what I'm assuming were) new hatchlings, but that didn't stop me from spending probably about 10 hours total since then scouring the tank for more babies, and alas, nothing. Am I right to not be worried? The two females I had berried both appear to have had their eggs hatch, I'm assuming they will basically be impossible to find until they get bigger and I should just consider myself super lucky to have seen the one I did.

Now here's where some of the other questions come in - I had a guppy drop her fry between then and now, and I had about 25 other fry total from 2-3 other drops in there already along with my original breeding group of 7 adults. I obviously know the baby guppies will inevitably eat some of the baby shrimp, thats part of why I set it up this way (don't want a beautifully sculpted aquascape that ends up just holding 43,000 shrimp by winter) but do you think theres too many fry now for the shrimp to establish a population?

Also, assuming again I'm just stressing over nothing and the RCS will be fine, what are the growth rates for these guys? I've searched everywhere including forums and can't really find info!


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- Cody
 

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don't stress about the rcs they will be fine, just they will hide till they get older not sure about when they will grow
 
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Well good news/bad news - I finally found a second baby now 2 days later, probably double the size it was when they hatched.

Bad news is he was in the mouth of one of the 3 week old guppy fry

Oh well, surely they won't ALL be eaten, right? (Famous last words)
 

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Tough to say. I keep corydoras fry in my planted shrimp tank and still have most of my fry but knowing guppies you might lose more of em.just make sure you have a prefilter so they don’t get sucked up.
 

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There should be some survivors if you have some moss or hiding places for them. They grow at different rates, some will be full adult size in 2 months, but most take 3 months. Even from the same hatch the difference in growth rates is really big, and strange to see
 
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There should be some survivors if you have some moss or hiding places for them. They grow at different rates, some will be full adult size in 2 months, but most take 3 months. Even from the same hatch the difference in growth rates is really big, and strange to see
Tough to say. I keep corydoras fry in my planted shrimp tank and still have most of my fry but knowing guppies you might lose more of em.just make sure you have a prefilter so they don’t get sucked up.
I'll keep holding out hope. I have a simple pump filter with some fine foam, I've cleaned it twice since the hatch and haven't found anything in the filter housing and I've been super careful when checking, still rinse it with tank water and everything.

Still haven't found anything other than the two I've already seen, will keep everyone updated and I'll get some pics up as soon as I find (hopefully) anything
 

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I wouldn't worry too much, I saw a single tiny baby one time and didn't see another for literally two weeks, and it was a shrimp only tank.
 
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I wouldn't worry too much, I saw a single tiny baby one time and didn't see another for literally two weeks, and it was a shrimp only tank.
Haha ok well that definitely makes me feel a lot better. I know I'm probably just overstressing, I've had my heart set on this idea of self sustaining stocked community tank for so long and it's SO close!
 
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