Rcs - wwyd?

  1. Skyy2112 Member Member

    Red Cherry Shrimp, what would you do?

    So I'm loving my tank, but I'm also thinking into the future. I love my shrimp and plan to keep.

    I really dont think a 20g is needed, 5-10 both give some nice swim space.

    Eventually when I move out I want to breed these a bit more, aim for some painted fire reds down the road.

    I currently have approx a stock of 2 dozen and growing.

    Whats your suggested setup? I would want more than 3-4 tanks. Probably 2.5s or 5g's. I would easily consider 10 tanks to separate for breeding.

    Say 4 adults per tank, changing every 60 days per breeding cycle, sandy substrate, plants, fert, driftwood, food, etc etc.

    Whats your opinion/dream?

    @Bithimala
     
  2. Aichmalotizo Well Known Member Member

    You need to start culling and splitting now if getting to pfris your objective. Personally, I would keep a nice display group in your 20gallon, and go for a peaceful community with tetras/smaller rainbow fish, a dg, and some kihli/Cory.

    Then get however many 5 gallon tanks, keep them relatively simple, and begin culling like it's going out of business. You could get a few pfr to accelerate the procrss
     

  3. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    You don't have to cull the shrimp. That is abuse in my opinion. Just once or twice a year take a few out and switch them with a few new ones :).
     

  4. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Culling shrimp isn't cruel, and changing out a few once or twice a year won't do much. They breed pretty quickly.

    If you decide to cull them (which I would do too if you want certain colors/quality), you can feed the culls to your other fish.
     

  5. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    You are mainly killing a life. No wait you are. And yes they do breed pretty quickly, but I guess you could do it every few months.
     
  6. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    You're killing them quickly, and by feeding them to another fish, you are feeding another (who in the wild will eat live shrimp) and doing the same thing many people do with ghost shrimp. I think feeding live shrimp to fish (i.e. culling) is fine.
     
  7. Skyy2112 Member Member

    I dont plan on feeding them elsewhere, the first few groups when they are adults (low qual) will go to a friend, and Ideally I'd like to split them into varying tanks. If I have say,

    40 shrimp,
    10 tanks (say 5 or 10g)
    4 per tank,

    How many generations would it have to be to not breed the same 'family/bloodline'

    Or would adding supplements in every month etc be ideal?

    I could possibly sell the lower qual to fishstores etc.

    One thing I made sure to do w/ mine, I have stock from 3 different places to make up my 2 dozen atm.

    Say each shrimp gives 20 shrimplettes, in 5 tanks place the 10 males (2 per tank) and in the opposite 5 tanks place the 10 females 2 per tank, thus no immediate breeding...?
     
  8. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Most inbreeding in shrimp isn't bad, so I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  9. Skyy2112 Member Member

    Ok. But I'd think of doing such above just in case. I've heard stories, and plan on doing much more research before I begin such. Thanks for the input.
     
  10. Aichmalotizo Well Known Member Member

    If you want to make your way to a higher grade of shrimp from a lower grade of shrimp, culling is a necessary part of the process. Though I don't know why you assume culls are automatically killed. You can do whatever you want with the culls, just get them out of the breeding tanks so they don't pass on their inferior colors. You can sell them off as whatever grade they qualify for, use them for feeders, outright kill them, or place them in a larger community tank where shrimplets don't usually survive ect. Personally, I use culls as feeders. My birchir, featherfin squeaker, and ctenopoma all love shrimp.
     
  11. Skyy2112 Member Member

    Yep! I'm not a huge fan of live food for fish. (Minus rosies.)

    I'd probably keep a 'cull tank' and mass breed and sell them.
     
  12. Aichmalotizo Well Known Member Member

    Rosies are actually the worst, unless your breeding them yourself and can guarantee they're parasite free... Though that's true for all live food in truth...
     
  13. Skyy2112 Member Member

    They would be self bred. =]