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  • #16
    Thanks Guys,

    if you can think of anything i've missed let me know and I'll sort it out.

    Next up is a keeping shrimp with fish article.

    Juls

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    • #17
      In regards to better colour with age... you can tell when you keep shrimps with fish...

      all larger shrimps that are too big for my rams are deep/blood/dark red... where as if it was purely genetics I would have some plain rcs
      Robert

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      • #18
        I have mentioned regarding age for colouring, I do have some Female Cherrys in my display that are upwards 25mm and have very poor colouring, but also have 12mm ones with brilliant deep dark colour in the same tank.

        I will try to get some pics.

        The biggest are the most likely to have the best colour though, I will agree with that.

        Also, my gold rams took 25mm females no probs, but they where pretty big, close to 6cm. Little 4cm rams are fairly safe.

        Juls

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        • #19
          That was a good little run down on cherry shrimp, thanks. Nice pics, hope mine turn out as red as yours.
          veni, vidi, vici.

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          • #20
            Fantastic read, thanks Juls for that.
            One thing i notice is whenever i crank up my CO2 for a period of time, my cherries seem to turn purple, somewhat like carbon monoxide poisoning in human with central cyanosis. Ill take a pic when i have the chance.
            aLan

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            • #21
              Yes on timer, but for a period of time i did bump up my Co2 to 6-8bps trying to tackle algae and promote new growth and incidentally i noticed plenty of purple cherries. As i then lowered by bps, purple tinge slowly wean off. Would like to hear anyone with the same experience?
              The high Co2 level didnt seem to affect them breeding, i still constantly seeing berried females and plenty of babies around.
              aLan

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              • #22
                Great topic Juls. Also explains why 1) I see the odd clear/colourless ones from time to time and 2) why there now seems to be more of them in spite of me falling behind in my tank maintenance.

                Cheers,
                Scott

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                • #23
                  Very very good read.

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                  • #24
                    Cherry Shrimp are awesome, thanks for the info. The pics are stunning also

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                    • #25
                      Just a small question for you juls, how do I tell the difference between cherry shrimplets and chameleon shrimplets? I has my reddest cherries in another tank along with some of my blue type ones, when you sent me the chameleons I put some of those in there too. Now I find it very hard to distinguish between the 3. I have some bluish babies but can't tell if they are chameleons or not. I did notice some have a pearlescent sheen to them, could this be the chameleons? Also noticed some yellow, do Chameleons go this colour?
                      Amateur Shrimpkeeper


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                      • #26
                        here are some of my RCS... do you think the last 2 pics are a male?
                        berried female

                        Male ?
                        male?
                        Amateur Shrimpkeeper


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                        • #27
                          I don't think so, there isn't the two spine lines in the back and there is a obvious place for the saddle.

                          They are supposed to be dimorphic so it's not normal to have a male that looks like a female.

                          Juls

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                          • #28
                            thanks juls, i am just trying to find the best male i can to get this red getting better. most of my males are spotty, but the shape of that one had me thinking she was a he. no biggy but i would like a more definitive guide to sexing other than the usual body shape and males are less coloured than females.
                            Amateur Shrimpkeeper


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                            • #29
                              Very good read, i knew a bit about them from what i read on here but that sure did fill in the gaps.

                              Originally posted by Juls View Post
                              Next up is a keeping shrimp with fish article.
                              Will be looking forward to this one.

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                              • #30
                                Thanks Juls, really helpful for a beginner like me that is keen to start with shrimp

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