RCS housing problem

DickFarrari

Hey guys, first time posting but long time lurker. I use this forum CONSTANTLY for info. So thank you to everyone here for the continued info.

that aside, I have gotten myself into a little predicament with my RCS.
Tank info:
29G FW community w/
11 Neons
2 juvenile SAE’s (will be removed once they grow larger, so they are not permanent to this tank)
3 peppered corys
6 full grown RCS
1 berried amano (lost my two males after a large water change)
And Carl an over sized golden mystery
Very lightly planted with a small driftwood for the shrimp.

here’s my issue,
I had my first berried RCS well over a month ago and I put her in a floating mesh breeder, she had her babes and they still reside in the mesh breeder I swear it’s about 40-50 of them in there.
Here’s where it gets complicated (for me at least, a pretty novice keeper)
I started to re-cycle my 10g tank I originally started off with before moving up to the 29 to house the new RCS babes and start a shrimp only tank to relieve the “will they won’t they get eaten” problem and I have for lack of a better word “stalled” on the cycle at the nitrite stage. As in I have plenty of nitrate showing and no ammonia but still hover about .25 - .50 ppm nitrite even after water changes. That’s not really the main issue here tho but any help with that would also be appreciated,

Moving on, my tank (10g) i assume, is no where near ready to house these babes and now I have two other RCS that are berried and pretty close to hatching, is it even an option for me to add the berried females to this already seemingly over populated mesh breeder and allow them to hatch in there with the already growing RCS from the first batch of eggs? The little ones already in the basket are juuuuuust about to a size that I feel that my neons couldn’t fit them whole in their mouth but are about the size of two bites to them, and I’d hate to release them into the main tank and have a feeding frenzy as I’m one of those people that hate the idea of even a single shrimp being food to another fish especially because Iv been so invested in raising this first batch. As I stated above my tank is very scarcely planted right now after a terrible run in with BBA (hence the SAE’s) and throwing away or melting about 80% of my plants. So I have almost nowhere for the babes to hide if I DID release them.
I keep a pretty small air stone in the mesh with the shrimplets and had a local fish keeping friend that keeps ghost shrimp but no RCS say that if I just stick the air stone in the half cycled tank that it should suffice but that does NOT seem right to me, especially considering how sensitive shrimp are to water conditions and non cycled tanks.
I know it’s an option to just let the currently berried females just release them straight into the tank but if at ALL possible I’d really like to avoid all those little shrimplets deaths.
Ps. I know I’m being overly sensitive and it’s all apart of the natural food chain and life cycles but I swear every little shrimplet is just as special to me as my main fish.

thank you everyone for taking the time to read all this nonsense and anyone who can shine some wisdom on me would be so very much appreciated. <3
 

richiep

Croeso welcome to fishlore DichFarrari
Lest see what we can and cannot do!!
You cannot put shrimp into a half cycled tank that would be a bad move,
Your backs against the wall a bit here, you could do a fish in cycle and transfer some fish over
MacZ mattgirl what do you think of that
I've called two friends in for some help there,
Your neons may or may not eat some new born but thats all part and parcel of keeping shrimp with fish, id leave the berried ones there thats where their better chances are you can help by putting things in that they can hide in anything small enough so the fish can't get at them.
Some will survive and the fact you have berrird shrimp in the and the fish leave them alone shows the neons may not go for them.
No one can do everything in this situation to keep things safe, I'm sorry but you have to except that but remember they will constantly breed.
Have you pictures of the tank and babies
 
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MacZ

@MacZ @mattgirl what do you think of that
Nothing special, sorry. Have to pass basically. Not a shrimpkeeper and I somehow don't get what's the problem here.

But what I always ask people with fish fry: Do you have to get all of them through? Especially with animals like shrimp that produce large numbers of offspring in short time spans so maybe a few survive... why going through the stress of trying to safe each fry?

This may sound dismissive, but honestly, the shrimp won't care if they all make it and produce more eggs. So all is fine as long as the adults survive. They will reproduce at a later point in time when the conditions are good.

In general, be it fish or inverts: Losing a good chunk of spawns (especially in the beginning) is something one has to expect.
 
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richiep

Nothing special, sorry. Have to pass basically. Not a shrimpkeeper and I somehow don't get what's the problem here.

But what I always ask people with fish fry: Do you have to get all of them through? Especially with animals like shrimp that produce large numbers of offspring in short time spans so maybe a few survive... why going through the stress of trying to safe each fry?

This may sound dismissive, but honestly, the shrimp won't care if they all make it and produce more eggs. So all is fine as long as the adults survive. They will reproduce at a later point in time when the conditions are good.

In general, be it fish or inverts: Losing a good chunk of spawns (especially in the beginning) is something one has to expect.
My point is can op move fish to the almost cycled tank to ease pressure on the shrimp
 
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