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zacsbee89

Hi peoples,

So I haven't really had intentions of breeding shrimp at all until the last couple of months. I started off with a 1ft fish tank and some donated red cherries. Anyway they bred great guns all on there own and produced what I now know to be high quality full dark red cherries. I had a good 30-40 of them ranging from 2mm to 15+mm.

After much nagging I managed to persuade the missus to allow me another tank (6 tanks totalling 900L in a 2 bedroom unit :/ lol) this tank is a 1x1x2. So after a week i'd lost 3-4 shrimp which i deemed acceptable changing to a new tank. As it got hotter and hotter I started losing 2-3 a week, every week. At the lowest point I was left with 6 males. Tank temp sits steady at 30 degrees almost all the time. I know this is deemed hot for shrimp but they are thriving in it now.

Long story short the missus suggested a bubbler as it works for the fish in hot temps to cool via evaporation and circulate the water more regularly. Bubbler installed and no more shrimp died. I was left with a tank of bachelors until I was going through my Guppy/Platy pond and found a nice red berried female. Then remembered I put siphoned water from the old shrimp tank in the pond incase of sucked up shrimplets. Needless to say they've gone crazy and I now have a steady supply. I caught 6-7 nice big females and 3 weeks later my 1x1x2 is back to breeding with roughly 20-30 shrimp.

Now to my question? After losing all my high quality females the offspring are coming out rather washed out. Now do I remove the clear females? The clearest males? or both? To get a more stronger red?

Cheers,

Zac

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BlueBolts

G'day Zac...that's great, that you've managed to sort it out without too much fuss/troubles. I would personally remove the lower quality shrimps, as selective breeding, and attaining the best possible quality is part of the fun on this great hobby.

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