Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: PA/MD/DE tristate area
A couple pictures of the RT, this morning. I got lucky and caught them just as the lights went on. They are a reclusive specie and nocturnal for the most part, at least so far. The pregnant females are very hard to photograph as they stay hidden, or stay in the shadows if they come out.
So I'm pretty happy I got these shots this morning to show you.
The first is a lousy picture, but good illustration of how I look at a production tank when taking metrics. Those of you who beg me for things behind the scenes know I will not budge in selling livestock until my tank metrics fit my models - this I do with a long term outlook; without the proper metrics to back a breeding population, I won't be able to create the kind of vigorous, broad-based production colonies that enable me to pipeline production, and provide out to hobbyists livestock that will have vigor.
What I see when I look at this picture is a proper spread of production in miniature. Here we have a berried, healthy female, a mature male in the background, a juvie male in the foreground (notice his antennules are not colored up yet like the mature adults), a mid-size pee wee, and a micro-baby. When I eyeball a production tank, I will not pull from it unless the population shows a spread like this. (This tank is developing the spread, but still has some ground to cover on raw numbers, so no, they are not up for sale in the immediate future, sorry. As you can see, though, I am making progress.)
The second picture is fun because she's about to hatch out; you can see the baby eyes.
Last edited by DKShrimporium; 02-25-2013 at 04:05 PM.