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    Shrimp cannot breed due to too many plants?

    Hello,

    I just want to ask if that is even possible. I have a small tabletop 2G tank for shrimp, and I love plants, so I just kept buying more and more, to the point where my coworker said "that's not an aquarium, that's a plant bowl."

    Anyway, i got the tanks (1 at work and 1 at home) under control, water stay clean and shrimps are happy. However, I only see maybe 2 baby shrimps in 1 tank and 1 baby in another. My shrimps are eating all the time and they are getting quite big, but the females aren't breeding. Could it be that there are so many plants that they cannot find each other to mate?

    I have Hornwort, Anacharis, mossballs, IAL, susswassertang and 2 other plants I cannot remember the name. It does looks crowded of plants and crazy but I enjoy looking at it.
    Anyway, back to my question, is that possible?
    Thank you for your help!

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    SCAPE President 2000 posts, Star SCAPEr Kole85's Avatar
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    Shrimp babies are extrememly small and hide easily. In a very heavily planted tank you have to think that for every baby you see there are probably 20-30 that you dont.

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    I agree with Kole. You'll be surprised just how well they hide in plants, especially since they're small enough to feed off a leaf without ever needing to move. Have you tried dropping food to see if they'd venture out?

    The only other thing I can think of is that you have too few females and/or they're still young, thus having less babies. The older and more experienced ones are able to carry more eggs and their success in carrying increases.

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    I buy the snowflake treats and drop it in just so that i can see how many are in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    I buy the snowflake treats and drop it in just so that i can see how many are in there.
    That is a great idea! I will try that.

    For a quick update, it seems that the shrimps heard me. Today I see 2 berried females and was very excited! Also, watching 1 of them get bigger and bigger everyday is also very AWESOME!

    I will be a bit more patient and let the shrimps settle into their new home. thank you for the tips guys.

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    Any pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyTheFishGuy View Post
    Any pictures?

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    Yes here are some of both of my tanks.
    At home (with some berried females now, I think because it gets warmer at home).
    IMG_1890.jpg

    and this one is at work, consistent temperature at 71-75. the shrimps looks happy but no berried female seen yet.

    IMG_1933.jpg

    For both, I taped some white LED strips around the side of it, and they are very ugly, but the plants are growing okay. I have some frogbits and duckweed on top so I didnt want them to block out the lights. and considering it is so dense, I though lights on the side would be better for the plants.

    I am open for any suggestions so please let me know how I can improve them. These 2 are essentially my first attempt at a shrimp tank.
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