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BeetleNerd last won the day on August 11 2019

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  1. When I first got in to shrimp I added a small number of tangerine tigers to my taiwan bee tank. They bred and hybridized, and the F1s bred too. At that point I separated the tangerine tigers to their own tank and some of the hybrids to another tank, removing all the males and only leaving the best F1 and F2 tangtais in the bee tank. These F2s just bred with blue bolts or blue steel males and some of the F3 babies appear to be close to pintos. Thought I'd share some pics of the F2s and F3 babies. I recently had had no berried bees so I know these shrimplets are all from tangtai mummas. I'm really loving this tank full of random surprises.
  2. Despite numerous berried Taiwan bees I have almost no shrimplets surviving, yet in the same tank the shrimplets of the tangerine tigers do fine. 6 weeks ago I was so paranoid that maybe something was eating them that I dosed the tank with panacur C despite never seeing any planaria but taiwan bee survival is still close to 0. I'd guess at least 50% of tangarine tiger shrimplets survive. Parameters are ammonia 0, nitrites 0, nitrates <5, tds 130, temp 73F, ph 6.3, gh 6, Kh 0. (I use GH+ in distilled water for water changes and the substrate is Mr Aqua shrimp substrate) Im stumped, the tank is heavily planted with mosses, water lettuce, anubias and java fern and the 20 gallon tank has been established for 8 months. I feed with bacter AE once shrimplets have hatched and the adults get a variety of shrimp foods. The tank also has snails and rhabdocola. Any suggestions to improve taiwan bee shrimplet survival? Im thinking of slowly lowering the tds but I'm not sure if this will do anything.
  3. Yeah, I assumed she has some mischling genes somewhere in her line but never considered the possiblity she could be a red bolt. I'll probably never find out other than guessing from how her offspring turn out but I hope her blue babies are blue bolts.
  4. About a month or so I purchased a berried golden bee from a lfs that was in a tank with snow whites. I assume the father was either another golden bee or snow white but I have no idea about the lines these shrimp came from. She only had a small clutch 10-15 eggs, most were orange except 4 were dark almost black. After some reading, some comments suggested that black eggs could indicate they could hatch taiwan bees. The shrimplets are now 12 days old and I've spotted at least 2 with blue carapaces. Could these actually be blue bolts or will the blue fade as they age? Either way they're pretty cute, and I hope some end up having the peach tinge the mother has. Can't wait to watch them all grow up.
  5. Update: he's all good and is managing to deal with it himself.
  6. One of my shrimp molted last night and it looks like the old exoskeleton from only the first pleural segment is still present. I didn't see the discarded molt but he's got that post molt sheen so I assume he shed the rest of it. Currently he's doing his shrimp thing and seems perfectly active. Should I be concerned? Or will he eventually get this off or it correct itself next molt. Ive never seen an incomplete molt like this before.
  7. Fish keeping has always been a major hobby in my life but due to career oppurtunities (I moved internationally twice), I was tankless for far too long. Things have now settled down and with stability I decided I'd set up a tank for christmas. What better than a shrimp tank! After some research, I decided on a 20 gallon long, installed a corner Matten filter and set to hardscaping and cycling. I wasn't sure what shrimp to get but my last tank was a 130 gallon reef community tank so I figured if I could keep corals then I was probably OK with Caridina. In the month of cycling , I lurked here and fell in love with Taiwan bees. I still had my doubts on shrimp keeping but on day 30, I picked up 2 blue bolts to add and see how they (and I ) fared. Two weeks later with no dramas, some successful molts and more confidence I ordered 20 more shrimp friends. It's been about 10 weeks since I added my first shrimp and I now have a lovely little colony of mixed taiwan bees in my tank that look like they are nearing maturity. Zero deaths or dramas so far. Waiting for the excitement of my first berried female. Anyway I thought I'd say hi and show off my first shrimp tank. Im definitely addicted to shrimp keeping already, the day to day shrimpy antics warms my heart and Im so glad I have a tank in my life again.
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