Red cherry shrimp is very colorful and easy to breed shrimp. Everyone knows that the color of the shrimp will develop over the lift time and it takes about 2 to 3 month to produce a new generation. In this post, I am recording the size and color of the shrimp developed over time.
This is where it started with a berried fire red cherry shrimp.
Day 42 (6 weeks, 6/30/2019) most of them are above 1/2 in long. Gradually see some sex differences but still hard to confirm without a saddle.
Day 51 (7/9/2019) seeing the saddle on female for the first sign.
Day 63 not much going on. the saddle are getting longer and more female shrimps now have a saddle.
Day 66 (July 24) A berried female was found
Day 68 (7/26 another berried female was found) Move both females to tank #2
Day 70 (7/28 3rd berried female was found)
Day 85 (3 more berried females, the first two berried females gave birth). The baby shrimps are raised separately from other shrimps. These will form the line for quicker maturity. Another line will be richer color.
Day 91 and Day 92 (8/18 – 8/19 There is one shrimp died for consecutive days). It’s time to release more shrimps to the community tanks. It’s just not possible to keep that many shrimps in a tank with less than one gallon water.
Tank 1 and tank 2 are early matures. Tank 3 consists the original colony selected for color. Tanks 3 now has 17 shrimps, including 9 females and 8 males or unknown (They have no clear female characteristics: saddles or egged, or body plates but they have thicker body and colorful body. They might be slower to mature.).
First time getting the shrimp head count:
2 dead during the the first 92 days.
Total shrimps: 36 for this brood, including 13 females, 13 male + unknown, 2 dead
8//13/2019: 5 males and 1 female (less colorful) were release to the community tank – the breeding tank is a little bit over crowed.
8/19/2019: 8 males and 3 females were release to day. Those are less colorful ones.