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  1. If you are in the northern hemisphere it could be increased summer temperature, lowering the oxygen content of your tank. The reason I suggest this is you mention your shrimp are hanging out near the surface. Add an extra airstone and remove some floating plants if they are really dense. You want the water surface to have movement as this is where most oxygen exchange occurs. The airstone wont add oxygen but will help with water circulation and will disrupt the water surface tension with the bubbles. Put it at the opposite end from where your normal filter is. I had a steady die off la
  2. Yes. All the males with Tangerine tiger genes have been moved to another tank so the only males left with the F2 and F3 females are taiwan bees , blue steels or pintos. I'm hoping with each generation I get a lower percentage of offspring that look like tangerine tigers and more that look like pintos or fancy tigers.
  3. 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 real
  4. 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,
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Update: he's all good and is managing to deal with it himself.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 her
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