Shrimps molted after 1 day, good/bad sign?

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  1. Matt

    Matt MASA Contributor

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    I'm a bit nervous of shrimp (bought one before, acclimated him fine but little fellah didn't last more than a day in m tank)

    Anyway I bought 2 cleaner shrimp yesterday, acclimated them for 3.5 hours and put them in no hassles. Today I see they have already molted. Is this a good or bad sign?
     
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  3. Ocean

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    This is very good in my opion that means they are aclimitised and settled in already.
     
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    Think its just a timing thing ie they were ready for a shed when you bought them, no worries.
    Iodine is important for them to toughen their exoskletons, hope you are adding regularly?
     
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    Ditto - What Ocean said! ;-)

    Congrats, man!
     
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    Well done, your first molt :thumbup:
     
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    Mine shed about 3 days after adition. Then they spawned a week later :)
    I think molting and spawning go hand in hand with shrimps...?
     
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    Matt Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Midasblenny: not adding any iodine, reason being is I change 10% of the water weekly?
     
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    They do indeed, I have spawning 2 weeks out of the month, due to the shrimps all shedding in a 2 week window. It is insane seeing shrimps fly :)
     
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    Good food source for the rest of the tank ;)

    I wonder if anyone in SA have reared any to full maturity?
     
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    Hennie, reckons it is almost impossible. That is the reason cleaner shrimps are way more expensive that any of it's relatives.
     
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    PS: Where is Hennie, haven't seen him online for a while ?
     
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    spot on!
     
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    Well if you can spawn and get cleaner shrimp to full size please tell us how.
     
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    What relatives? From what I've seen cleaners are the cheapest shrimps... I paid R225ea for my 2 fire shrimps in my last tank... :( Sexy and Peppermint (or fake Peppermint) are usually more than cleaners in the lfs's ive been to.
     
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    Fires are cleaner shrimps ;)

    Boxing seem to be the cheapest
     
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    yeah boxing shrimps are the cheapest,and i like :thumbup:
     
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    Matt Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Do boxing shrimps eat cleaner shrimps? I'd like one of these fellahs!

    I've heard of a blue banded boxer but dont seem to see them in the LFS ever?
     
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    Mine doesn't but the cleaner stay away from Boxing. He is also the biggest in the tank.
     
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    I would get tried and tested boxing shrimps my pair does not touch my cleaner but they where in a tank before mine with other shrimps and they were fine there.
    But if you have not seen them in a tank before yours then i would not take my chanses.
     
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