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jayc

BTW, when trying to sex shrimps, it is best to take the picture from the side, rather than top down.

Pic#1 cannot be certain from that angle, looks like a female.

Pic #2 - Females, but cannot tell with the one that has the racing stripe. Wrong angle.

Pic #3 - female.

 

Having more females is a good thing compared to a tank with all males. All you need is one good quality male. One male can breed with dozens of  females. 

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sdlTBfanUK

You can get some useful info on this video so it is worth watching!

As with JayC they are PROBABLY all females but it is difficult to tell from those photos.

Simon

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Newday

Thank you all for your comments. Of course, I would lose internet access after posting. Meanwhile, I got better pics and I, too, am leaning towards all females. The one with the black eggs(?) was questionable to me but now I think it has a female's body shape.

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1yZoROeDw3z_8mE8cd03W1O_L-TOOY1sJ

I guess I gotta go find a male.

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sdlTBfanUK

That does look like another female to me as well!

Simon

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Crabclaw

I agree

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jayc
29 minutes ago, Crabclaw said:

I agree

me too.

 

12 hours ago, Newday said:

I guess I gotta go find a male.

A good quality male will improve the quality of the whole tank.

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Newday

Thank you all for the advice. I bought two males for the tank a few weeks ago. Since then, I've checked every day for berried shrimp with no luck. But yesterday, I saw one of the females picking over what looked like tiny yellow dots in the substrate. Definitely nothing I feed them. I siphoned out a few to take pics and I'm leaning towards eggs. Do you agree?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QZHX4f5KxhW-DH_65vsZLmgHdrwvBg6g/view?usp=drivesdk

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sdlTBfanUK

Those do look like eggs to me but shrimps carry the eggs to hatching unless something causes them to 'drop' the eggs!

Hopefully the new males will mean they start breeding starts soon.

Simon

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Newday

Thanks, sdITBfanUK. Something most be going on, because I found more eggs today. Not sure why they would be dropping them, though I noticed more moults in the tank, as well. Perhaps they are shedding the eggs, too. The water quality is ideal for them and I feed sparingly. Perhaps I change too much water at a time? It's a 7 gallon tank and I change about 2 gallons once a week. Any other tips?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jSxAni4p84fK9AyRBmE5q-nG3rG1e3Ao/view?usp=drivesdk

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jayc
3 hours ago, Newday said:

It's a 7 gallon tank and I change about 2 gallons once a week. Any other tips?

Try cutting that back to 1 gallon of water change.

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sdlTBfanUK

Shrimp don't need much of a water change as they are low bioload! I have 30L and only do 2L per week so as with JayC cut back on the water change amount, even .5 litre would be ok! Large water changes tend to trigger moulting so they may be moulting too often?

They may drop the eggs if they aren't fertilised and therefore unwanted!

Have you seen any that look to be able yet?

Simon

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jayc

You can do large water changes, I do it every 6 months to reset the minerals in the water, but you cannot just dump the new water back into the tank. It needs to be fed in slowly. I drip in the new water after adjusting it to match previous parameters.

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