Pistol Shrimp Breeding

TheLostBoy

New member
Yes, my pistol pair have spawned. Let me give you some background.

I have a 75 gallon tank that I threw together. I have a sump on it and a simple pump pushing the water back. I use tap water for water refill. I live in an old house and the tap water I use come out of pipes that are older than me (27), and they are definatley not PVC. I have never ever taken water readings to see what it sits at. Yes, I have neglected my tank. Now, I attribute my fish deaths (3) to my neglect and decided that I was just going to redo my tank when I was financially ready. The only thing living in my tank is rock, hermit crabs, sand, and of course my pistol shrimp pair.

Now my pistol shrimp pair have been quite (vs loud daily snappings) for the last 3 days. Tonight, they have been snapping non stop so I decided to take a look. After finding them and shining a red light on their lair, I noticed something moving. After a closer look, there has to be 100's of babies swimming out of the lair. I don't get it. My water is sure to be crappy quality, my salt, well who knows, and now babies. Anyone have an explanation?

Just thought I would share this experience in the breeding forum, since they have spawned, and under these conditions. Guess maybe I can baby them now, since they have proven to with stand such harsh conditions. I will definatley be more careful with them going forward.
 

Peter Schmiedel

New member
Javier, sounds like Mysid shrimps to me. The Alpheus larvae would be in the open water column attratced by the light. That was the reason for the question from Luis.
 

TheLostBoy

New member
Interesting, thank you for the info. I don't understand how it would be mysid shrimp though. I have had the tank up and running for about 6 months with never even so much as feeding mysids or seeing them in my tank. How is this possible? Thanks for the info.
 
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