difference became more noticeable now that the shrimp has matured. Will the pattern be present in offspring?
I really like the mixed colors of shrimp.barbiespoodle said:Like JettsPapa, I'm am far from an expert on rili's.
In my case, my fairly new blue shrimp tank started throwing red reli's. I set up what I called the cull tank to hold these since I didn't want them in my blue breeding population but didn't have the heart to make them fish food in the community.
Now here is where my ignorance comes into play. Instead of just making the tank a rili tank using only the rili's from the blue tank, I add some of my lighter colored reds from the red tank. A couple generations later and I have a weird mixture of colors, including plain browns. I think I wouldn't have the plain browns if I had just only added the rili's from the blue tank.
But in my defense, at the time I figured it was a cull tank so what the heck. I even added a nice school of wcmm's to make my first shrimp/fish tank, again because I figured it was a cull tank so why not try something new?
So here is the experiment, several generations and a very prolific tank to the point that I upgraded from a 10 gallon to a 20 long. The shrimp have produce some very interesting colors and the wcmm's not only have had no impact on their reproduction rate, but added a wonderful vitality to the tank.
I've thought about using breeders to keep other colors without having more tanks but I'm not sure a half-gallon space would keep them happy.barbiespoodle said:Oh to have the money, space and time to set up various tanks with some of the different color or color combinations just to see if I can get a line that breeds true. It's on my to do list when I win the lottery. Now all I have to do is find the money to play the lottery, lol.
Meanwhile, it's been an interesting and fun experiment. I'm so glad I didn't have the heart to turn my culls into free fish food. And it's an on going experiment, going to be interesting to see where it goes in a few more generations. It's become a fav tank to watch, if only to see what is new because there is always something new.