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I finally have tiny, baby RCS. Just as a heads-up to those who are breeding these little guys: don't believe the care sheets that claim the eggs can hatch in 3-4 weeks. It's more like 4-5 weeks.

(Unless someone knows something about the effects of water temp or quality on gestation period?)

Sigh. Babies at last.
 

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congrats! I don't know about shrimp but fish eggs tend to hatch a little earlier with warmer water
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Congrats!! I have RCS and I'll bear that in mind if they ever decide to breed!
 
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Butterfly, I think you're right; I had moved them into a heater-less tank, (which is still within their temp range, but at the lower end). That probably slowed things down a little bit.

I must admit that the hatchlings are bigger than I thought they would be. From the size of the eggs, I half expected they'd be as small as those giant daphnia when they came out.
 

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How big are they? I've been wondering that as I have some teeny yellows in my tank but none of my berried females have hatched their eggs yet.

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They're big enough that I can actually make out their shapes in detail. I kind of thought they'd be so small (at first) that I wouldn't really be able to see that degree of detail with the naked eye. I don't know what to compare them too, except maybe a baby MTS?
 

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Congratulation!

How many babies did you get?
It will take about a month for them to reach 1/4-1/3 the adult size.
 

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Very exciting! arty0049:
 

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i now have around more than 10 rcs babies.. I can't even net the out
 
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I honestly have no idea how many babies there are. They're hard to locate for an accurate count, especially with all the willow moss I've got at the bottom. More of my females are berried up, and one looks ready to pop, so however many I've got now, I'm sure to have more within the week.

Hyun007, I'm glad to hear they'll grow so quickly.

Now that they're breeding, I've transferred a pair of the adults to my fish tank, where they can't breed since my fish will eat hatchlings, but they can, of course, be stunningly beautiful and diligent little algae eaters. I hope to transfer a few more, as soon as I know the next generation is going strong.

I will also transfer a few adults into my salamander tanks, where they will liven up the tank, and eventually become nutritious snacks. I hope that doesn't offend any one. I actually started the breeding project in order to have an endless supply of beautiful and healthy live foods, and to re-supply my fish tank with them, because they are quite beautiful.
 

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RCS produce about 15-30 babies each time every 30-40days.

I have about 30 babies but I believe was it is from 2 batch due to the different sizes.

For now, I disagree with putting some into your fish and salamander tank.
The main reason is because you have yet to achieve the "endless supply"
It will be wise to do that after your first batch have grown to adult size.

I am not against culling RCS if you have excess supply, although I will most probably give away to friends who wants them.
They are not cheap and there are people who want them

If you put some in the salamander tank, I think they will be gone very fast.
They are indeed very nutritious snacks.

Edit: I am not against culling of RCS.
 

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hyun007 said:
RCS produce about 15-30 babies each time every 30-40days.

I have about 30 babies but I believe was it is from 2 batch due to the different sizes.

For now, I disagree with putting some into your fish and salamander tank.
The main reason is because you have yet to achieve the "endless supply"
It will be wise to do that after your first batch have grown to adult size.

I am against against culling RCS if you have excess supply, although I will most probably give away to friends who wants them.

If you put some in the salamander tank, I think they will be gone very fast.
They are indeed very nutritious snacks.
That is great information!
 
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hyun007 said:
For now, I disagree with putting some into your fish and salamander tank.
The main reason is because you have yet to achieve the "endless supply"
It will be wise to do that after your first batch have grown to adult size.
Yeah, I'm definitely going to make sure there are always a few adult breeding pairs in the breeder tank at all times, just in case anything goes wrong with one batch of hatchlings.

I don't expect they'll last too long in the salamander tanks. The fish tank is heavily planted, and the last RCS I had in there lasted about three years before its unfortunate death. (I was remodeling and had taken out some plants; I didn't realize the shrimp was on them and it was kept out of the water for too long before I noticed it.)

Thanks for the info on clutch size.
 
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