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    Sharon Emery
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    Wayne, Maine
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    Planted aquariums, fish, invertebrates, kayaking, fishing and camping.
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    Bloody Mary, PRL, OEBT, Blue Dream

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  1. I can't see anything on the picture that looks like chitinolytic infection. He looks pretty healthy... How old is he? (I'm guessing it's a boy from the body shape, but I could be wrong. Would need to see a picture from a side profile). Just like people, shrimp age. And just like people, they tend to look physically more attractive when they're young. People get gray hair, wrinkles and gravity takes it toll on us. With my PRLs, their shell looses it's beautifully white solid color as they get older. Particularly the females. I think it's just the stress of having babies tha
  2. OMG that is so cool!!! I would think you'd need a salt water set up. 😊
  3. Yup. That's it exactly. Shrimp have a very tiny bioload. So we can ship the hardier species priority mail with 2-3 day shipping. I'd never try that with fish... That being said, if they're pricier shrimp, I personally always ask if the seller has overnight shipping, and I'm willing to pay extra for it. But Neos are pretty tough little guys... I think the oxygen exchange would be more beneficial for shipping fish... But I still like the poly bags even for those because I just like double bagging. The post office can get pretty cranky if they get a wet, soggy box... And tech
  4. Yup. I like the idea of the oxygen exchange, and not having air in the bag to cause sloshing. Those are obvious benefits. But when they break, it's game over as you can't double bag them... 😐
  5. JSak - They look beautiful! I'm excited for you! I live vicariously through you at the moment... I hope to get some later in the fall.... 😊
  6. I vote with the old fashioned poly bags too! The one thing I don't like about the breather bags is that you can't double bag them. The manufacturer says not to. I like to double bag. If one bag bursts, there's another bag to catch the water and possibly protect the livestock. Plus it contains the mess so the postal workers don't have to worry about what was in that dripping, soggy box... I buy bags from reputable sellers, but everything is cheaply made nowadays. And as you don't have to worry so much about a possible mess, you can feel better about shipping livestock with more water in
  7. JSak, definitely keep me posted. If the next shipment is successful, I'll keep that seller in mind...
  8. Beautiful!!! The one in the bottom pic looks like she's developing an ovary. She could be berried next!
  9. Yeah, I think I'd stick with the leaves... I have no idea how the oils in the anise would effect them. It could be too strong. Has the loss of white come on suddenly? Or has it crept in over a few generations? Got any pics?
  10. Oh yeah, I get that the hold for pick up option doesn't work for everyone. It does for me, as I work out of my house and the post office is right down the street LOL. Plus I have a 750 foot driveway, so it's less of a pain to run to run to the post office than it is to run up and down the driveway to the box every 20 minutes or so! (Not that I couldn't use the exercise...) 20 years ago when I worked at another job with less flexibility, it wouldn't have been an option at all. I just like to put it out there as it's good to know about. 😊 It could also be that the seller is sim
  11. This conversation has been very educational as Cardinals are on my bucket list. Was hoping to get some this year, so thank you for posting! Now I'll know to ask how they're shipped... I'd heard they didn't ship well... The 72 hour heat packs have the most gentle warming action, the shorter length warmers can heat up substantially more... I never ship anything with them even if it's going overnight... And I always use more water and a cardboard barrier between the bag and the heat pack. Anyone new to shipping might find the attached graph helpful. Also, there's an option in most areas o
  12. Switching over to regular shrimp salts might be a good idea. It would at least remove one variable. And SS is cheap.
  13. I know what you mean about specialty stuff being $$$. That's one of the reasons I like Salty Shrimp. It's cheap LOL! I've had bloody marys since 2013 or so. Every few years I have to restart the colony because the color drifts. Sometime around 2016 I restarted them because I felt I was culling too many light ones. I restarted it again a few months ago because I felt they were getting too dark. So, it happens. I think it happens with all shrimp. Even if we're diligent with culling, things can start to change after so many generations in so many years. 😊
  14. It could be genetic drift... Bloody Marys came from chocolates. Looks like some of them may be heading back that way possibly. Some of the ladies do turn dark as they get old. Seems to only happen with the females. I don't think I've ever seen it happen with a male. I think it has something to do with pregnancy and hormones. That at least seems to be the norm for me anyway. So yes, some older ladies can turn dark, and opaque. They kind of start to look more like large painted fire reds. But that older female in the first picture (on the right) looks kind of brownish. And
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