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Originally Posted by somewhatshocked View Post
Gorgeous proof that one doesn't always get the standard wild-type reversion when crossing.
I think it's pretty neat. When I get my 2 smaller tanks setup, I plan to start separating, adding in some yellows again and see what I end up with. One only has to see my yellows in person to see what I'm capable of producing.

Originally Posted by acitydweller View Post
Wasnt sure if you or the shrimp were hanging upside down in those photos
Both. I like to stand on my head and take pictures. I really can't take photographs. LOL

One can clearly see the blue/red coloring. I've never been a fan of the back stripe but it actually looks pretty cool on these little guys. I am currently keeping clear and wild shrimp in a tank to see what colors might spur out of the experiment.

What water parameters are you keeping these shrimp in? neutral ph?
I think it's fun to see the colors. Many look like low grade cherries or blue pearls with red or yellow striping/dots, but recently, the cool colors have been popping out. If I could isolate a few of them, that would be awesome. The brown ones are a little cockroachy disturbing, though.

I rarely feed them, they feed off algae, occasionally flake food if there is a lot of babies.

75 - 76 F, not very accurate Tetra heater.

I rarely change the water, top off when I have to. So the TDS is currently 398.

It's tap water, so taken from the water report:

"Hardness levels range from 48 to 174 ppm, or 3 to 10 grains per gallon of water.
Water in the distribution system averages 7.3 pH units."

Lately, the water is on the soft side due to the copious amount of rain we've gotten this year.

Detailed report if you are interested:

Originally Posted by Geniusdudekiran View Post
Thos are very neat! I really, really, really need to set up a 2.5 gallon Neo mosh-pit tank and see what I can get out of it

Also, those aren't bad pictures. Some people post bad pictures. But those are not. See, bad pictures are out of focus, .3 MP flip-phone photos that leave you wondering if you are a blind man looking at a candy cane or a CRS
Good point on the flip phone. I have my share of those, mind you. You should totally do this, too. Set up the taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaank.

Originally Posted by xenxes View Post
This is confusing... do you mean neocaridina cf. palmata "blue pearl"?

I remember reading people said neo. cf. palmata aka "Blue Pearl" or "Snow Ball" (used to be classified neo. cf. zhangjiajiensis) bred with neo. heteropoda led to sterility and weak shrimp.

If that's the case, way to prove them wrong!
The were given to me as neo. heteropodas var. 'blue pearl', but I don't really keep up too much with the changing names of shrimp, so maybe? I've had them for years under this name. Here are some of the offspring that still have some of the characteristics of the original shrimp, but with red saddles/eggs:

And the men folk are yellowish bluish greenish clear:

Of course, there are some wild looking ones that remind me of my first low grade cherries:

Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
My melting pot tank is creating some different variations. So far I have chocolates, black, green, and pretty sure I saw a bluish neo. All starting with cherries and some wild coloration neos with a few yellow culls thrown in. I'm going to start pulling chocolates soon...

THere's better in the tank, just no pics...
That's a great looking shrimp. I love the dark coloring with the white stripes in contrast!

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