Shrimp for breeding

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  1. stephen.vansittert
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    Hi all
    Im a bit new to breeding side of this hobby

    I always had n regular small community tank a few years back
    But recently i grew interested in the breeding side of this hobby

    I would like to start with shrimp as they always interested me and seem rather simple enough. I know o could go for live bearers like guppys but i just don't like them

    What i would like to know and get assistance with selecting a shrimp breed to start with.
    I'm looking for shrimp that would be unique, not to challenging and have a good resale value

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    I don't think unique, not challenging and good resale value fit into the same hat.
    Maybe you need to think about whether you want to do it as a hobby, as a challenge or to make money and once you decided on this, you can decide on the shrimp type.
    Just my 2c
     
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    Initial as a challenge and money
    Want to learn more about the long term breeding game game
    I would like to cover the initial cost of the system and use that cash to fund the hobby later and grow bigger into it and once i have the funds to start with unique "designer" shrimp but that is years ahead

    What i would like to know is what shrimp type would be a good starting point and wont be to difficult to breed and sell

    I have a 300l cube that i got over the holidays that im gone start with

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    Go for edible marine shrimp and save our seas !

    Don't enter the hobby with financial aspirations.
     
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    Stephen, correction if you can master breeding Amanos, there would be big interest and financial rewards !
     
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    That's just a walking list on contradictions all bundled up into one right there...

    If a specific shrimp was unique, not challenging and had a good resale value...everyone would've jumped on that bandwagon. Which would lead to the market being flooded by "get rich quick" guys...which would drop the demand and subsequently the price of the shrimp (to the point where you would probably not be able to give them away)

    Exact same thing happened to Cherries...people saw them selling at R50 a pop when they just hit the SA market, everyone jumped...and much like the guppy trade...people over bred them. Didn't cull to keep quality high, just forking out numbers and numbers to make a quick buck. To the point today that you gonna search high and low for decent quality cherries. Not to mention...the market is pretty much saturated...

    Too many people think there's money to be made out of this hobby. Sadly, as a private breeder in SA, you can maybe cover the cost of your fishfood...or perhaps the electricity, but for the common Joe that's about it. Plus, if you in it for the money, you in it for the wrong reasons. As soon as money becomes a priority, quality suffers.

    You cant have your bread buttered on both sides...
     
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    #truestory

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    Ditto what they said...

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    Spot on @Deadpool !

    By the way I do have good quality sakura cherries available, pictures I can post...
     
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    What are you selling them for Trevor?
    I want a package price, Sakura cherry with veiltail Ancistrus? :)
     
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    I would say ghost shrimp and use them as feeders. the only really profitable fish are probably discus, otherwise it's not really productive to do things like this. As @Deadpool said the market is overfilled and so on, designer shrimp may only make you small amounts of money
     

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