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Thought I would show off the latest addition to my shrimp collection. Some may have been following the auctions last week and noticed I picked up a pair of blue based blacks from Gbang for $90! (thanks mate your a legend!)

Well this is the male:

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Whaddyafink?

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ineke

Drop dead gorgeous really nice colour congratulations :encouragement:

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MrShrimp

Very nice, well worth the $$. Good luck with your breeding program :)

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MIX02U

Awesome colour!

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Squiggle

Sweet score dude, stunning looking shrimp :victorious:

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BlueBolts

Very nice...love the shade of the blue too. There's a hint of black, but a great selective breeding program there....your rack ready yet ? LOL

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Baccus

beautiful love blue shrimp.

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torface

These are really nice, good score :encouragement:

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michael

One more post torface and the big 1000.

Congrates on the blues they look great I am wanting to get some of my blacks to a simmilar colour only just started breeding them so its a fair while away for me. But some truely nice shrimp

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JohnH

Have they gone black yet? I would be nice if they stayed blue.

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Aquathumb

Thanks all. I cant stop watching these guys. The blue male some how escaped from his satellite breeder box, I had been very careful and replaced the mesh strainer with a finer one and the lid was on tight. Found him chatting up my female rilli's this morning! (after a brief panic attack when I could not find him) So I have named him Houdini!

Have they gone black yet? I would be nice if they stayed blue.
Nope hes still blue! the female is very very black but shows some hint of blue under a flashlight.Here are some photo's I took today:AA.jpgbb.jpg

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JohnH

That's awesome the male is staying blue. I'm jealous.

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Squiggle

That's awesome dude, I hope he stays blue for ya, nice pics :victorious:

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