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PostPosted: Jan 27th, '09, 20:57 
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I was shocked :o to find no thread and limited Info.
Anyone use Glass shrimp as a large % of the fish diet?

I had/have 100 Shrimp in the tanks with SP's. I doubt they are still alive :twisted:
Maybe if a screen or fake floor on the FT was designed a food source with limited effort could work out nicely...


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 Post subject: Re: Glass Shrimp
PostPosted: Jan 27th, '09, 22:07 
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I had/have 100 Shrimp in the tanks with SP's. I doubt they are still alive :twisted:


Reckon there's not much chance of a glass shrimp surviving more then 10 seconds with Silvers.. :mrgreen:


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I was beginning to come to the conclusion that my silvers are vegetarians , but then I read this thread ...

WHY arent my silvers eating the Gambusia that are breeding like mad in my big system ?


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From my limited research, It doesn't seem like SP eat small fish or Yabbies. But I have watched a SP fingerling chase a Glass shrimp that's bigger than him/her.


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RupertofOZ wrote:
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I had/have 100 Shrimp in the tanks with SP's. I doubt they are still alive :twisted:


Reckon there's not much chance of a glass shrimp surviving more then 10 seconds with Silvers.. :mrgreen:


I'm trying to find a documented reproduction rate for these guys. Evil fun once or twice a week drop a few GS in the tank and watch the SP chase them. :cheers:

Maybe collecting from Dam sources is the way to go (don't mind the leg work) need to be weary of water quality.


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I have Golden Perch and they enjoy shrimp, i also feed them the small black worm.

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The Glass Shrimp (Paratya australiensis) is the most widespread and common freshwater shrimp in eastern Australia. Glass shrimp are tiny prawn shaped animals that are the base food source for most fish species. They do not grow large - only 45 mm long head to tail, they do not have any nippers and are transparent in colour.

These shrimp live in both fresh and salt water and are an important food source for most fishes and other animals. Just about everything eats these shrimp and they are an important addition to any new farm dam to create a base food source for your fish. It is essential you stock new dams with shrimp if you want to stock these dams with native fish such as bass, silvers or golden perch.

Glass shrimp are prolific breeders, breeding all year round. Eggs are held by the female under the tail similar to a yabby. The female nurtures and protects the eggs till they hatch; when they hatch they are planktonic animals that drift in the water column until they grow and moult into miniature glass shrimp. Shrimp breed by the millions, just 200 breeders released into a new farm dam is enough to start the process and that dam will always have shrimp as a food source for your fish.

Glass shrimp are highly fecund, fast growing and highly nutritious. Shrimp are an essential addition to any farm dam.


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Glass shrimp can be grown if kept separate from other predators. They need lots of plant cover to protect the larvae from the parents, as they will readily eat the smaller shrimp and larvae. You need to use sponge filters or the babies will get sucked up and be gone as well. You need to encourage copepods and daphnia and green water which provides the larvae with food. I've found that pond snails also help the process as the shrimp eat the samll ones.


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Might as well just grow artemia... and let the Silvers loose in the soup... :lol:


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The Glass Shrimp (Paratya australiensis) is the most widespread and common freshwater shrimp in eastern Australia. Glass shrimp are tiny prawn shaped animals that are the base food source for most fish species. They do not grow large - only 45 mm long head to tail, they do not have any nippers and are transparent in colour.

These shrimp live in both fresh and salt water and are an important food source for most fishes and other animals. Just about everything eats these shrimp and they are an important addition to any new farm dam to create a base food source for your fish. It is essential you stock new dams with shrimp if you want to stock these dams with native fish such as bass, silvers or golden perch.

Glass shrimp are prolific breeders, breeding all year round. Eggs are held by the female under the tail similar to a yabby. The female nurtures and protects the eggs till they hatch; when they hatch they are planktonic animals that drift in the water column until they grow and moult into miniature glass shrimp. Shrimp breed by the millions, just 200 breeders released into a new farm dam is enough to start the process and that dam will always have shrimp as a food source for your fish.

Glass shrimp are highly fecund, fast growing and highly nutritious. Shrimp are an essential addition to any farm dam.


Yeah Neil looks like my only source of info, Looks like another road trip is on the books :shock: :cheers:

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Glass shrimp can be grown if kept separate from other predators. They need lots of plant cover to protect the larvae from the parents, as they will readily eat the smaller shrimp and larvae. You need to use sponge filters or the babies will get sucked up and be gone as well. You need to encourage copepods and daphnia and green water which provides the larvae with food. I've found that pond snails also help the process as the shrimp eat the samll ones.


This sounded almost spot on, then I saw your location. The Aussie version of GS does not have nippers like the US species, there is more info on your glass shrimp (ghost shrimp) so I was going to use that for a rough guide anyway. Any idea how long it will take to breed them?


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What about people?

Do they taste any good?

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What I mean is do the glass shrimp taste good?

Just to be clear I don't have any canabilistic tendencies.

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They are probably too small for people to bother with. As to how long, I'd say 4 months from egg hatch to adult, or 5 months from egg appearance. Probably 50 or so hatchlings from each female 3-4 times a year.

Most breeding setups I've seen use an overflow system. They put a bright light in from of the overflow and this attracts the zoes. The little ones end up in a protected area for grow-out.

Lots of fun, but not worth the trouble. Better to go out & net them.


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Aint no glass shrimp in Kalgoorlie, growing is my only option. One that I'll try soon.

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badflash wrote:
They are probably too small for people to bother with.


Well those shrimp they put on marinara piazza are pretty small and the biggest glass shrimps I've seen would be about that size. In fact some I saw today would be almost that size.

Anchovies are not that large either but they taste great. :D

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