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  1. What are the good things in the bacter ae. What other foods provide them? Do the other bacteria foods you mentioned lack O2 loving bacteria? Do they have other bacteria, or no live bacteria? Do they promote biofilm, or is that what the bacteria does? Is it necessary or do established tanks have enough biofilm anyway? What should I be looking for in other powdered foods? Do these replace the need for bio film enchancers? Which specifically are best, and where can I buy them?
  2. Wyzazz, could you elaborate? Im interested, but don’t want to keep buying more foods I don’t understand My understanding is that the bacteria is the beneficial food because it increases the biofilm. My shrimp do seem to love it and will start grazing as soon as I feed it, sometimes even ignoring food pellets in preference for the bacter ae. Of course the fact that they seem to be eating it right away means that there has to be something else in there that they like since obviously the bacteria wouldn’t be creating a biofilm immediately. I’ve also wondered about a powder gunning up the filter and thought maybe I should turn it off for a minute when I add it so it can settle out instead of being filtered out (my shrimp can’t access my filter media). I am wondering, though, if my shrimp are showing better blue colors since I’ve been feeding it. I was a bit disappointed that most weren’t as brilliant blue as the pics when I bought them and maybe even seemed to be fading a bit. But, now that I’m feeding bacter ae, I feel like their colors are improving. I guess I did get it the same time as the shrimp king foods, so maybe it’s just the variety of quality foods. Is this possible, or all in my mind? If so, what parts of the food might be helping? Anyway, in positive news, my first shrimp is berried. Unfortunately, it’s one of the lighter ones. I’m trying to decide if a cull heavily now before they begin having babies, wait and cull the larger population later, or even possibly just pull out the few best for a different tank. I’m not sure how much concern I need to have about genetic diversity or inbreeding, or even how closely the pheonotype represents the genotype. Will the brighter parents consistently produce brighter offspring, or will all shrimp from my colony have a range of colors that needs to be improved slowly over time through repetitive culling. Guess this is a better topic for the selective breeding section, but I also don’t want to be annoying with too many posts.
  3. Wow, those are great. I’d definitely be interested in some as well, or might have to try a breeding project of my own. Anyway, definitely let’s us know if there are any updates.
  4. Shrimplets can hide well, so might just be hiding somewhere. But if you were finding dead ones, it is unfortunately likely that they all died and you just didn’t find the bodies. Shrimplet bodies are also small, hard to find, and decompose quickly. Also, if there is anything in the tank besides shrimp they are likely to have been eaten. Pretty much everything will eat tiny dead shrimp. Did you figure out why they’re dying?
  5. Sorry, typo. Meant aeration. I don’t have an air pump with air stone or under gravel filter or anything. I just have my tiny powerhead, which works fine. But, I read somewhere that without aeration the bacter ae can create enough bacteria to use up too much oxygen and kill your shrimp. Not sure how likely that is but I’m playing it safe. Also, be careful because the scoop is for 120L, which is 30g. Not sure why they make the scoop so big, how many people have 30g shrimp tanks?
  6. So, I got the glasgarten bacter ae, which I have been dosing very carefully. I read that even the suggested amount can be dangerous in a tank without airarion, which mine doesn’t have. So, I figured it’s better to be cautious, especially since I don’t have any shrimplets yet. I also got the shrimp king variety pack since you guys seemed to recommend the brand. I found that they seem to love everything except the 5 leaf mix, which they completely ignore. Not even the snails want to eat it. It’s been there 2 days, so I guess I’ll just remove it and probably throw the rest away. I’ll probably order full size packs of the rest. Sounds like a mix of the mineral, protein, complete and snowflakes will be a healthy balanced diet with some boiled mulberry leaves mixed in once spring comes. I didn’t try any blueberry skins yet, but think it’ll be a good excuse for my wife to make some muffins this weekend. Anyway, everything seems to be going well. I’m finding it hard not to set up a new tank right away to get some red pintos. I’m already using Rodi and have fluval stratum as a substrate, how hard can they be? I can even make the excuse that the blue neos would probably be happier in a tank with fluorite over the stratum so they can have a ph above 7. Thanks again for all the advice
  7. So, I read that I’d you cross red Rili with blue velvets, you can get red Rili with blue bodies. Would the same work with orange Rili? My wife is a Broncos fan and if i could make bronco shrimp, she’d be pretty excited.
  8. So, I read that I’d you cross red Rili with blue velvets, you can get red Rili with blue bodies. Would the same work with orange Rili? My wife is a Broncos fan and if i could make bronco shrimp, she’d be pretty excited.
  9. Thanks, yeah. While I’m slightly disappointed in the color variation, I think the seller is good. Seems to have good reviews on aquabid and his website. I don’t want to say anything negative since I’m still new and they could very well all color up nicely once settled in and fully grown. The pics were of the whole colony, so they should all be decent. And like you say, they should share genetics either way. I’m sure part of it is just variation within a colony, lighting and such. As you say, culling to keep improving the color will also be fun. I do need to learn to sex the shrimp so I can be careful not to cull too many males. I hear they are less colorful than females in the neos. I am also looking forward to expanding my shrimp keeping so I can start experimenting with crosses and such as you say. It sounds like a lot of fun. I’m trying not to jump in too quickly, though, as I have a tendency to get a bit too excited and overdo things i am planning to get some red pintos once I’m confident in my skills. The same seller has those, so we’ll see how nice these blues are before I buy from him again. Anyway, thanks again for all the advice.
  10. I know they don’t really like the same water parameters, but I also know that the neos are pretty tolerant. So, if you kept them in the same tank, would they interbreed or would they remain separate? Longer version: I am starting with a small tank of blue neos on my nightstand. I started with neos because they are easier than pintos and because my wife loves the blue shrimp. Personally, I love the look of the red pintos. So, eventually, once I’m comfortable with my shrimp care skills, I plan to move the blue colony to another larger tank, reduce the hardness of the original tank and get some red pintos. If they won’t interbreed and ruin the genetics of the pintos, I’d love to leave some of the blue neos in the tank while I slowly reduce the hardness down to pinto levels so there are some of both of our favorite shrimp in the tank. Since I’ll have another strong colony of blue neos with perfect water parameters, the pintos would be the priority; I wouldn’t want to do anything that jeopardizes their health or genetics. Is this a terrible plan, or something I could get away with? Thanks!
  11. I like it, you should try to refine it and get them to breed true.
  12. Thanks, JSak, all very valid concerns and things to keep in mind. I just wasn’t even sure color enhancing foods are effective. At this point I’m still very new and just having fun with my shrimp. I had one test shrimp for a couple weeks and got my 15 shrimp about a week ago. They are all healthy and happy and I think they have a good setup. (Pretty sure you saw it in my setup thread, although I should send new pics with the shrimp in it). Of course the shrimp I got have a range of colors and some are the brilliant blue that the seller showed in the picture and others are the more translucent blue color of blue jellies, which I don’t enjoy nearly as much. I’m still hoping that they all color up more as they grow and settle in to the tank more. The light in the tank will also become less harsh as the plants grow in and I get some better floating plants. Anyway, I am definitely going to put healthy food as the priority, but might throw them a blueberry skin to see if they like it. Heres my setup:
  13. Oh, almost forgot. When you say mulberry leaves, are those just fresh leaves off a mulberry tree? We have a bunch of mulberry trees. Can I just pull off some leaves, boil or dehydrate them, and then feed them to the shrimp?
  14. I also am buying some of the recommended foods from above, thanks! I know that for my animals there are color enhancing foods, especially when trying to have brilliant red and oranges. Is this type of thing useful for shrimp? Would it be useful in any way, for example, to feed my blue shrimp blueberry skins or other foods high in blue pigments? Will this help them show their best colors, or just a waste of time? I know I can also cull the least desirable to increase the overall color quality over time (while being careful not to cull all the males) but was just wondering how Important feeding is to display of colors. Thanks.
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