Taiwan bees losing their colors

Florian Pellet

Hey shrimp people,
I have a bunch of Taiwan bees in my tank and they seem fine (no death at all even at acclimation). I've had them for maybe 2 months now. The only thing that worries me is that they are losing their colors. First the blue faded to white and now the is black fading to white too. What can I do?

I'm feeding TetraMin granules, the occasional Dennerle ShrimpKing Color. The tank is planted. Water is stably at 0/0/15, pH 7, KH 5, GH 12, 26°C. Almond leaves and cuttlebone.
 

Coradee

Bumping this up for you
 

Sarah73

Can I see a pic of the tank?
 

Florian Pellet

Can I see a pic of the tank?


This is not the most recent pic but it still looks about the same, just with more carpeted plants and a small additional piece of driftwood.
 

Sarah73

Did you do anything to the driftwood? Also where did you get the driftwood from?
 

Florian Pellet

Did you do anything to the driftwood? Also where did you get the driftwood from?
The problem predates the addition of the driftwood. Nevertheless, I always boil my driftwood for a good while. My other shrimps seem fine too (davidiI and amanos).
 

Sarah73

The problem predates the addition of the driftwood. Nevertheless, I always boil my driftwood for a good while. My other shrimps seem fine too (davidiI and amanos).

I would think it's because of the fish in there, but the other shrimp seem fine which is weird. Junne may know
 

Florian Pellet

I would think it's because of the fish in there, but the other shrimp seem fine which is weird. Junne may know
It's just Harlequin Rasboras in there with the shrimps. Peaceful and well fed. I've never seen them go after the shrimps nor after the food on the ground.
 

Junne

I would think it's because of the fish in there, but the other shrimp seem fine which is weird. Junne may know

I'm sorry, I am not familiar with that breed...
Did you by any chance have a change in ph? temps?
 

Florian Pellet

I'm sorry, I am not familiar with that breed...
Did you by any chance have a change in ph? temps?
No pH swing that I have noticed. I was running low on catappa leaves and forgot to put in a cuttlebone for a while (put some in yesterday). Don't know if that might be a reason... I don't think I've had molting issues.

I think they're the same species as king Kongs or pandas, but with blue and black stripes.

I'm having trouble finding the right pH for them on the internet. But potentially they've been in improper pH or temp for the whole time (the effect of which would be so subtle that it took a while for me to notice).
 

Florian Pellet

I took a couple pictures if it's of any help.

First here's one that is still black where it should, but white where it should be blue:


And a second one of a shrimp that has lost all its blue and its black is fading (looks brown right now):


And just because, another picture of my tank:
 

Sarah73

Well colors change over time. I think it's pretty! It doesn't look like stress at all
 

Florian Pellet

Well colors change over time. I think it's pretty! It doesn't look like stress at all
I do like it too, but it still worries me.
 

Florian Pellet

Do you have another cycled tank?
I do but transferring shrimps from that second tank is a pain because of how high it is. Plus it's fairly recent so I'm not sure I'd trust it's stability yet (haven't installed my drip system yet). Why? What's your idea?

 

Sarah73

I do but transferring shrimps from that second tank is a pain because of how high it is. Plus it's fairly recent so I'm not sure I'd trust it's stability yet (haven't installed my drip system yet). Why? What's your idea?

Because if you saw one of my threads early on, I lost 38 RCS when I had it in my 40 gallon breeder(already cycled and everything). When I transferred them over to a different tank they stopped dying. Everything was mainly the same which was why it was weird(no sand)
 

Florian Pellet

Because if you saw one of my threads early on, I lost 38 RCS when I had it in my 40 gallon breeder(already cycled and everything). When I transferred them over to a different tank they stopped dying. Everything was mainly the same which was why it was weird(no sand)
Right! I remember this thread. Good to know. Though they aren't dying so I'll leave them be for now.
 

Sarah73

Yes if they start to you may need to more them to that tank
 

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