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Hey everybody, I have heard that Ohio shrimp are very popular for bait, and I was wondering if it would be a good idea to add them to a pond with good water flow (I like to keep water at a gentle water circulation; I don't like letting the water go stagnant). If so, where could I buy them? I have heard that they are very commonly used for bait and feeders to large fish, but I can't ever find any for sale.
In addition I think these would make good cleaners too, because I always read how shrimp are all great at eating excess fish food, corpses, and algae.

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How will you get them to reproduce?


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up until now, I hadn't thought of reproduction, because I don't know how much they would cost to buy. But if I end up having to breed them, I suppose I could get a cheap aquarium and purchase one of those devices that causes water to circulate more quickly, to replicate a the stream environment they would typically breed in. I hear, however their young hatch into larvae, and they can be difficult to feed.

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Originally Posted By: Zachary H
up until now, I hadn't thought of reproduction, because I don't know how much they would cost to buy. But if I end up having to breed them, I suppose I could get a cheap aquarium and purchase one of those devices that causes water to circulate more quickly, to replicate a the stream environment they would typically breed in. I hear, however their young hatch into larvae, and they can be difficult to feed.


the larvae need some salt to develope and survive I believe. Once past the larvae stage pure fresh is fine according to the googles.

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Why not use Grass Shrimp? Many here on the forum utilize them as forage, they're great.


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Originally Posted By: BobbyRice
the larvae need some salt to develope and survive I believe. Once past the larvae stage pure fresh is fine according to the googles.


That's the point that I was trying to make. I don't think he researched their breeding habits very well. What I found was they reproduce in salt water and the larvae migrate to fresh water. They haven't been seen in Ohio for a long, long time from what I could see.

TJ, I agree about the grass shrimp, but again, he'd have to research what habitat they need to reproduce and have the YOY survive.


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i had glass shrimp reproducing in 55 gallon tanks... until the crayfish took over..
gravel bottom, sponge filters, water lettuce, anachris, duckweed growing.. once i noticed a female glass shrimp in berry, i started feeding the tanks a little green water every couple days.. the instar are really hard to see, but i would find them on the water lettuce roots most often.. gotta have the green water to get them started.. i've seen small ones (less than 1/8")eating a (frozen) blood worm..

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Grass shrimp aren't overly hard to raise in aquariums. I raise some in a couple of smaller ones mixed with scuds.


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