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  2. warpp8787

    Offspring question

    Yeah i would have thought that they also back breed, so i may get blue bolts out of nowhere. Another excuse to set up yet another tank. 🙂 I want to preserve the current populations traits as they were selectively bred for a very long time. Would be a shame for it to get too diluted. Will keep the ones with interesting patterns in the main one i think.
  3. kms

    Offspring question

    The offspring can be anything, my black galaxy pinto had offspring over a month ago, it only gave four babies, and about 8mm now, looking at it now they look like CRS 3 black and 1 red. I have one black panda, a few black pinto's, red pinto and a lot of CRS.
  4. sdlTBfanUK

    Offspring question

    Here is a link to blue bolt! They are generally blue, blotchy sometimes with white or cream body - no black! Simon
  5. pastu

    Offspring question

    blue bolts are black with a dilución gene
  6. sdlTBfanUK

    Celestial Pearl Danios

    Good for you and look forward to seeing them soon. I have had them in the past but they were a bit too shy, I may not have had sufficient numbers so rarely saw them but they were very pretty when I got to see them! Unfortunately I placed my order for the mosquito and dwarf spotted rasboras a few days too late, and we went into lockdown over here so I am going to have to wait a while for those, would have been nice to have them here, but the reality is lockdown doesn't affect me personally at all being home 24/7 anyway. What size will the tank be, I have ordered 6+6 and they are going into 35L tank, I may have too many? I allowed for a couple of deaths! Simon
  7. Just bought myself some Celestial Pearl Danios ! 12 of them. 4 males and the rest females. Unfortunately, no photos yet. They are super shy and have not coloured up yet. Love these little fellas. They are so interesting. Same parameters as my shrimp tanks, but it's not going into any tank with shrimps, yet.
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  9. pastu

    culling males

    thanks for your reply, , i guess i should have made clear i am breeding pinto caridinas, no sexual colour difference and you can tell their color and pattern from birth, still i rephrase my question: are the juveniles that go frantic when a female has moulted, males? sure but i apply a more Severe selection pressure to males, leaving fewer males than females in the tank, thus a female does not have to be as good as a male to pass the post
  10. Ludwiggg17

    culling males

    I wouldn't recommend culling the babies before adulthood as shrimps can still improve in color before adulthood. This I learned by experience when I culled some undesirable juvies and then found out that they colored up well. If you want to learn more about shrimp color, I can recommend you this article: https://aquariumbreeder.com/how-to-enhance-shrimp-color/ Edit: Though male shrimps do kinda color up less than females, it is still advisable to cull them when they reach adulthood as it is quite hard differentiating males from females when they are still juveniles.
  11. warpp8787

    Offspring question

    I think the black came from wine reds as a dominant gene (correct me if I'm wrong). Yes I got them from there, no wonder these are award winning, absolutely stunning. The pics dont show them justice though, they all got blue hues as well, and the black bodies got purple reflections. Very excited to see what comes out of the bag haha. Besides, how good is her timing? Quarantine made exciting!
  12. sdlTBfanUK

    Offspring question

    Great photo, hope you soon have some shrimplets to watch and like any new parent you will love them whatever they look like, even the funky ones (you may even like them more) that others would probably cull! Just so you can see what happens, I started with a couple of wine red, red ruby and blue bolt and this is what I got (only a small group photo, I had hundreds (if you > you can see more): https://skfaquatics.com/forum/gallery/image/799-dsc00440-editedjpg/?context=new I even had black ones and none of the shrimp I bought had any black! I think it is a bit like xmas, if you don't know what you are getting it makes it more fun? Mine were off ebay so not probably from multi generations of selection whereas a specialists may be more reliable, but you are mixing anyway, so thats irrelevant? Did you get the shrimps from Shrimpcorner as they are close to you and only one I know that has these type? Simon
  13. warpp8787

    Offspring question

    Bit blurry from algae near substrate level but its her, as far as Im aware they are all taiTibee pintos, her being a galaxy tiger (spotted head with tiger stripes)🙂
  14. jayc

    Offspring question

    It will be a bag of surprises if you mix pinto with tigers. They can inter-breed. So the pattern and colours of the offspring will depend on who mated with the female tiger. Hope you get some cool patterns.
  15. sdlTBfanUK

    culling males

    That sounds very logical, and makes some sense so I would think it is true that the dancing ones would be the the males seeking out the females! If you are culling because of quality of colour etc then it wouldn't matter though whether they are male or female as you would still want to cull females that are substandard anyway I would think? Simon
  16. warpp8787

    Offspring question

    Hi Guys, I recently set up a galaxy tiger tank (been going with the shrimp in for 2 months almost) and in these strange times one of the females got berried. I've never had such advanced shrimp have offspring as its my first time keeping them. There are only pinto shrimp in the tank, galaxy tigers and some nanashi patterns. I was wondering what offspring I should expect - do they breed somewhat true? Or do they back breed? Or both? They are all quite advanced to begin with, fully saturated b + w with blue accents and spider legs also. Or is it always a big bag of surprises with pintos?
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  18. pastu

    culling males

    hi all, a question that have always plagued me. when a fertile female has moulted I observe the thank in search of dancing undesirable males and remove them, leaving the ones I like ,to mate with her, what fascinates me, is that some babies join in the frantic dance while others dont, I have guessed that they were males and apply to them the same criteria as to the adult proven males, am I right or may I have been culling females too?
  19. That last one from the old batch will probably die as well soon with all that has happened! As long as you keep everything steady the new batch should do much better though! Simon
  20. That's about how much I've been adding. There's only one shrimp left from the previous batch. The new one came in yesterday and all shrimp are healthy. Thanks for all the help!
  21. sdlTBfanUK

    losing red cherry shrimp

    You can't really go wrong with RO water and remineralisers like salty shrimp as it is perfectly balanced to shrimps requirements on all the parameters including PH! Ph of RO water is usually low but the products will correct that as well. It is widely reported that they breed a lot better with the RO + minerals than in tap water, even if the tapwater parameters are good? The RO will remove anything that could be a problem like copper so you can stop looking for that sort of problem! In such a large tank with only half a dozen shrimp I wouldn't feed the shrimp at this stage as there will be more than enough biofilm and the food that isn't eaten could cause more problems rotting etc (over feeding is a common problem)? Keep the food for when you have more shrimps or maybe a tiny bit as a sunday treat! Simon
  22. abbytherookiehuman

    losing red cherry shrimp

    yes i do dechlorinate and i have three pieces of driftwood in the tank. i can add indian almond leaves as i already have some. i was seeking help on another forum before i joined here and on their advice i ordered an RO system and salty shrimps gh/kg+ because gh+ seemed to be for bee shrimp?? didnt know what that was about but thats what ive got planned so far. they should arrive soon. i was always worried ph would be a problem. would using RO water help me to better control the ph? i feed a variety of commercial shrimp foods, a small serving every couple of days. local water supply posts quarterly reports online and i didnt see anything alarming though i didnt know everything to be looking for- does any one know what i should look out for other than copper?
  23. If you are using RO water and mineralising that, you can just use the TDS pen to measure and all the 'others' will be in balance. In basic math, 1 scoop/10L will mean 80% of a scoop in a US 2 gallon (1US gallon is 4L), if it has 2 gallons of water, and it would probably have less than that unless there is nothing else in it and it is filled to the rim. I would try a little over half a scoop to start with as it s easier to add a bit more than reduce it! Make sure it is well mixed/dissolved before taking any readings! There is a range with all figures so don't fixate too much on exact numbers, just aim for those? When changing water with the shrimp in situ you should add the new water slowly, usually some sort of dripper is best! I assume though at this stage you are more focused on getting the tank ready for the new batch en route rather than the few that are left and probably weakened anyway? Simon
  24. Ah, everything makes sense now! I've been trying to get my shrimp to breed for a year! Until I get a test kit, how much mineralizer should I add for the ghost shrimp? The recommended scoop/10 liters?
  25. Yes, TDS is way too low. This is probably why your cherry shrimps haven't been able to breed. With TDS this low, it means that GH is also very low, lacking in Calcium and Magnesium. TDS & GH this low will cause the shrimp's eggs to be brittle (conversely, TDS & GH too high will make egg's shells to be too hard). Your Salty Shrimp will help rectify this issue. pH is also too high, which means KH is also high. A typical characteristic of well water unfortunately. Collecting rainwater or an RO system is probably the only solution here.
  26. Sorry for the late reply. TDS is 8 ppm, pH is 8.3. Temperature is 68-70. I don't have the other test kits, as I'm mainly a saltwater and planted tank guy. I don't think it's copper anymore. 7 ug/l = .007 mg/l, which should be perfectly safe. Could it be the low TDS? By the way, the Salty Shrimp came in today, and 20 more ghost shrimp should be coming too.
  27. sdlTBfanUK

    Back in the game

    The brighter red ones are like the bloody Mary I got last week for my tank! Yours are a lovely colour so good luck with your breeding project and look forward to hearing how it progresses. Simon
  28. smicko

    Back in the game

    Hi jayc, I am still in the process of making them consistent but I will let you know when I'm there. I am going to try and hold the bright red this time instead of making them as dark as possible. cheers, mick
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