I'm starting a brand new #neomix tank. I won't be adding or taking out any shrimp, just documenting developments along the way. I'm interested to see if any new variants develop, and what the tendency towards brown is. I'll be sharing updates on my channel if you are interested in following along. Enjoy! #shrimptv
I'm creating this thread in the hope that it gets a lot of input and brings a serious subject to the forefront of our attention so we can all learn from each other.
In short; I'd like to know what people's processes are for culling weakest and selecting the best shrimps.
I can say honestly when I first kept shrimp I barely culled whatsoever, and that gradually I am culling more and more strictly.. I can think of a few reasons why/how I've been heading in this direction.
Some of these questions might only apply to breeders who have been selecting shrimp for several years while others may be relevant to people newer to shrimps; in any case some of the key points I'd love to get people talking about include - (in no particular order)
What numbers of mature shrimp do you like to keep in a colony?
At what size do you cull males and/or females? What do you do with your culls; do you kill/feed the worst of the worst or give them away or sell them very cheaply?
What do you do with your culls?
Do you partition of your tanks or use breeding boxes to keep your best males and females breeding while your main colony matures?
Do you introduce new genetics and if so how often and would they preferably be males? or females perhaps?
What differences do you think apply when choosing your best males or females for solid neos vs rilis vs different pattern bees vs TB etc etc you get the idea....
Has anyone found any clear proof of what traits males or females are specifically more likely to pass on in different shrimps?
OK That was a lot !!! I hope I haven't put you all by raising so many items of discussion but I hope someone can address at least one of these and get the ball rolling :-)
love n peace