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How to Breed Freshwater Shrimps into Hundreds

by Allyson Dillera Collaborator 08 Apr 2020 0 Comments

How to Breed Freshwater Shrimps into Hundreds


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Eating is one of the habits of humans that is costly and requires earning as a primary means of providing that need. So as long as we live, we need to eat and earn at the same time. With a lot of options to choose from, lots of choices are baffled when it is going to end and, I guess not. With that, the innovation to turn that need into something productive in generating the means to earn. In this date and time, people are no longer typically inclined just to get food from supermarkets, now a lot of options are also alternatively considered like fish farming where you grow fishes in cages or grow fishes in freshwater ponds. As the shift in demand rises, the need to supply that demand also rises (law of supply and demand).

Now that risking lives just to meet that demand is no longer necessary, aquascaping is found to be an alternative option to meet that demand more efficiently and a much bigger profit. Breeding shrimp is one of the most lucrative businesses one could venture in. At a much larger scale, the price of fish is not as consistent as shrimp, which is why it is a much better option when starting a business. Unlike any other, aquascaping does not require that much to be started and to be developed.

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Knowing that the requirement is not as much, basic knowledge on how to get better should still be a must. Selecting which is a male and a female shrimp shown on the image.

Male shrimp has typically a much straighter belly than female shrimp and, a male antenna is much longer than the female. If checked much carefully, the female shrimp belly is bigger for eggs to be stored and, a male belly does not have that room the same as female shrimps do. For starters, that is the easiest way to determine the different to male and female shrimp; however, experienced breeder normally sees the difference that easy.


Breeding also requires the knowledge of the life cycle to which harvest is to be expected to guarantee efficient production. In the image shown, from day one after mating, 25 to 35 days is the expected time to have shrimplets to be born.

In another 30 days, you will see matured ready for harvesting;  however, other sources suggest that you give the shrimplets 3-4 months to mature to get the size for better market value.

That is just easy said and done, but along the way, some factors play a part in determining the success of breeding shrimps like food, temperature, etc. to get the shrimp to grow in a more marketable size.

Food - any micro-food available to you can be fed to shrimplets, there is a lot available in the market which is highly commercialized so it would not be that difficult to get. Male and female shrimp do not have a different need for food, so basically what male shrimp consumes, female shrimp will also be able to consume that.

Temperature- if you are breeding only in a room, ideal temperature should be at 68-74 F, which is also the same if you are breeding in a pond.

Water acidity- the water acidity is to be kept at 6-7.5 PH and should be prepared a day in advance before you immerse the shrimp before breeding, which will yield the best results in getting most numbers of shrimplets to be produced.

A lot of literature is available both online and offline through books that can be referenced to be successful in breeding shrimp in freshwater, and the highlighted factors are what usually works and also shared across any form of reference. Being technical can also come a long way to be better at breeding, so reading more should be the asset as an advantage.


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