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When I go to petsmart I see a lot of gravid grass shrimp. Instead of spending a fortune on buying 2000-3000 of the critters, could I just buy the gravid females and have them spawn in a pond water tank with pond-native plants? Also, what is the average offspring production of grass shrimp?
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The juveniles go through a larval state, and float around like plankton, feeding on plankton. Takes a lot of plankton to keep them healthy, so they usually do not survive well in an aquarium.

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If you could maintain the right kind of green water in the aquarium or outside kiddy pool, raising them from gravid adults could work.


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Are the Petsmart animals the same as our native grass shrimp?

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Generally not... The ones found at Pets Mart and most big box chains are grass shrimp native to FL and thus do not do well in more northern waters. Do a search on grass shrimp, there is an extensive thread on them on the site. They are how I found Pond Boss.

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That's what I thought. Thanks.

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WILL the shrimp overwinter in North Texas? I have someone picking up all the shrimp at Petsmart today so it's a lot of money to be used on something that won't survive. URGENT!


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http://theaquariumwiki.com/Palaemonetes_paludosus

If these are the shrimp that Petsmart has......


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Yes, paludosus are the species of grass shrimp found in the freshwaters of FL. They are also generally the species found in big box pet stores.

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Rrrrrrrrrrrgggghhhhh. So that takes shrimp out of the equation for me? From Petsmart anyways?


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Originally Posted By: connor
Rrrrrrrrrrrgggghhhhh. So that takes shrimp out of the equation for me? From Petsmart anyways?


It depends on the winter water temps, but that'd be my WAG.


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Order the ones Fattig Fish Farm sells. They will do fine in Texas and just about anywhere else in the US.


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