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I think I have my first Berried CRS... what do you think?


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First time keeping shrimp...  I have a heavily planted 10g that I cycled with the assistance of some cycled media that i got from a local plant/fish seller. 

 

My parameters were running pretty steady at about:

PH: 6.3

Ammonia: close to zero

Nitrite: zero

Nitrate: about 20ish

GH: about 5

KH: zero

TDS: 215ish

 

The tank is still under a month old... so I was leery of putting much in it... so I figured i would try just a few Cherries, to see how they did.... went to a LFs that I hadnt tried before, but the only shrimp they had was some Crystal reds..

 

I figured ah... my PH is low due to all the Fluval substrate i have...  so maybe try just a few to see how they do...  so I bought 3 of their CRS..  One of them jumped out of the net and it took the kid 15 tries to get it off of the floor, so i figured ahh... that one is a goner...  but i brought them home anyway... (they didnt charge me for the floor victim)

 

I tested the water they came with while I drip-acclimated them...  The PH was like 7.1 and the GH/KH was a good few points off from mine... so I dripped them real slow..  a drop every 3 seconds or so... for a good 5 hours.... and hoped..

To my surprise... they took right to it...  I know that Crystals aren't really an 'ideal' starter shrimp.... but so far so good)

Sooo.... 8 days later...  I found a molt in my tank... looked like a good one as far as i can tell ...  
The next morning at lights-on, I saw one of my females on a leaf... and she looked different than before... Then she took off and I haven't seen her the rest of the day....

 

I have read that they mate right after they molt... then I'm guessing they go hide until their new shell hardens?  let me know what you think....  

 

 

 

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I wouldn't worry about them not moving. Mine go through long periods in one spot or one area, then at other times they fly around as if they're in a shrimp relay race. When my female was carrying eggs, she was more sedentary. I think it's a lot of work constantly holding those eggs in. Interesting little creatures. I still haven't seen a single baby shrimp yet from this last batch, and only 3 from the prior batch survived. ☹

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