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How to prevent your Baby Cherry Shrimps from dying

Your Cherry Shrimps (which is also known as the Neocaridina Shrimps) may end up breeding in your tank, causing babies to appear. To see how you can prevent these infants from passing away, you can take a look at this article from Aquarium Blueprints.

Feeding your Baby Cherry Shrimps

Newly born Cherry Shrimps will eat the same food as the adults. With that said, they may end up having a hard time outcompeting the larger sized shrimps during meals. In this case, we recommend spreading out your food all over the tank to give the babies a chance at eating; otherwise, they could end up starving.

We also highly recommend using Bacter AE, which is a water additive product that will grow biofilm. These films contain bacteria that your infants will love to consume. Not to mention that they won’t have to travel far to find this type of food as the film will grow on all surface areas inside the aquarium.

To learn more about what food you can give to your newborn Cherry Shrimps, you can take a look at this feeding guide.

Safeguarding the Filter

The babies from your shrimp colony are extremely small. If you a have an intake for a filter that is big enough for the smaller shrimps to go through, then they may end up being sucked into the filtration. In some cases, the baby shrimps may end up surviving and living up in the filter. With that said, you don’t want to take any chances of them potentially when getting sucked into the filter.

In order to prevent this from happening, we recommend adding a pre-filter sponge into the intake. You can also use a sponge filter instead for your shrimp tank.

Creating Hiding Places

If you have other tank mates in the same tank, then there is a possibility that they may be eating your baby shrimps even if the bigger shrimps are left alone. In this case, we recommend that you add a lot of hiding places in the aquarium.

To create safe havens, you can add plants such as Java Moss. You can also build a pile of rocks to create small caves.

If you want the best survival rates, then you should remove the potential predators from the tank altogether and keep it shrimp-only.

Consistent Water Parameters

Of course, your water parameters need to be suitable in order for your baby shrimps to survive and grow.

When it comes to Cherry Shrimps, you need to keep the water consistent. Since your tank water is already good enough for your colony to breed, then it should also be good enough for the new born inverts to grow up in as well.

When maintaining consistent water parameters, we recommend doing no more than 10% water changes at a time. Otherwise, the wild swings in parameters may cause issues. Furthermore, we suggest drip-feeding new water slowly in your tank so that your shrimps will slowly be acclimated.