fresh water shrimps

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  1. moore_farm

    moore_farm Well-Known Member

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    Has anybody grew out fresh water shrimp in a tank.
    I have a 400 gallon tank that needs a purpose in life.
     
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    cowgirlone Well-Known Member

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    I grow them in my pond. They need a lot of room..........you would need a large tank or have it separated some way to keep them from eating each other.

    edited to add......here is a link to the place where I get my juveniles. At the bottom of the page, Craig shows more info on raising them in tanks.
    http://county.ces.uga.edu/habersham/aqua/upstrom.htm
     

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    moore_farm Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I been to his site I am going to by some from him I am just trying to see if it si possable to produce 1000-1500 lb a year. With tanks I can grow year round
     
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    cowgirlone Well-Known Member

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    moore farm, I stock my pond the end of May and harvest the end of Sept. or early Oct.. The longer I can leave them before cold weather hits, the better.
    You might be able to get several batches a year in your mild climate.
    You do need to separate the larger ones so they don't eat the small ones. I've found that the more aggressive ones get most of the food ....but it works out Ok, I harvest the largest ones first and leave the smaller ones in longer.

    If you do this in tanks, you might be able to keep them in pvc/net cages. Once they reach 3 months of age, they need 2 to 2 1/2 SQ feet of space each. Looks like net cages might work.

    I have some in regular tanks right now. I keep them separated using nets with sinkers on the bottom. They don't grow fast in tanks and they only grow as long as they have room and aren't crowded. They just don't grow nearly as fast as in the pond. You might have better luck.

    Have you checked out the aquanic.org site? http://aquanic.org/beginer/shrimp/shrimp.htm It's got a lot of good info too. Also the MSU site. http://msucares.com/aquaculture/prawns/index.html


    Lots of good info there too. Hope you give it a try, let me know how it goes. :)