I have spotted a single baby shrimp in my freshwater setup...and this is alarming/interesting because I've read they need brackish water in order to hatch & survive... Is that actually the case, or is it just less likely that they'd survive in a non-brackish environment?
It depends on what species of shrimp you have. Some are entirely freshwater, some salt water and some freshwater but have a brackish/saltwater larval stage. The shrimps you have are a variety of cherry shrimp and are entirely freshwater. They usually breed quite prolifically
That's interesting...I've seen the female shrimp pregnant before, but never spotted any babies...could it be that the adult platies ate the young baby shrimp, or could they have been munched up in the filter?
I can see a lot of egg-like objects on my plants, assuming it's eggs from these guys! I've got a few Nerite Snails too so it could be eggs from them...hoping it's the shrimp!