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post #16 of 132 (permalink) Old 04-30-2012, 06:16 AM
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I think it would be easier to just get the S grade and your culls would actually get you a wide range of types from all blues to whatever you can imagine . I am getting some oranges out of my rilis at the moment but they are a long way from being stable . I also have a lot more to pick from as far as variations go so its nothing to brag about . Whatever you do make it fun and be nice !
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Here are some of my progress so far.
Excuse my sad iphone pictures, they do look much better in person (at least that what i think. lol).






This one look really dark like almost black



This one have a dark blue line behind the red head.



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hey man thanks again for the few good looking females. your culls actually help out my stock, im getting a mix of babies that are blue. even the males have specks of blue around the body. its been a long 7 months breeding the guys..

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i like the blue on blue better myself





but im starting to like these that look a bit more purple in the body
very nice i'm aiming for A but right now my colony at the moment are c. i need to find higher grades to mix in. that big blue cap mom is looking nice, does her blue cap ever get passed on to her offspring in the tank?

i also see that when some shrimp get older some red blotches turn dark blue is that just because they are getting older or is there another reason? just wondering do you guys use breeder boxes or do you just let natural selection take its turn? do you guys feed veggies, pellet food and/or supplements?
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i dont use a breeder box for them. there was the same talk about the color changing from red to blue as they age on shrimp now. for some reason most of the blue mom's babies are more like high grade cherries. not sure why and even her eggs get more orange when they are about the hatch where as the others go from lime green to clearish when they are about to hatch. ive kept a few of the red ones in the tank hoping they will pass on the blue paint color. not getting many with it though just darker blue bodies
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hey man thanks again for the few good looking females. your culls actually help out my stock, im getting a mix of babies that are blue. even the males have specks of blue around the body. its been a long 7 months breeding the guys..



very nice i'm aiming for A but right now my colony at the moment are c. i need to find higher grades to mix in. that big blue cap mom is looking nice, does her blue cap ever get passed on to her offspring in the tank?

i also see that when some shrimp get older some red blotches turn dark blue is that just because they are getting older or is there another reason? just wondering do you guys use breeder boxes or do you just let natural selection take its turn? do you guys feed veggies, pellet food and/or supplements?
Very nice looking Blue u got there.
Yea, that become my problem sometime. I tend to culls them too early and they end up turning more blue later when they are ready to breeds.

I don't use breeder box either, kind feel bad for the one in there, seeing their kids swimming around in open space and they got lock up in a small box.

Overall, they might not be perfect but i do love the colors in that tank the most. Blue, green, neon eggs, red. Very nice mix of colors in shrimps.
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Very nice looking Blue u got there.
Yea, that become my problem sometime. I tend to culls them too early and they end up turning more blue later when they are ready to breeds.

I don't use breeder box either, kind feel bad for the one in there, seeing their kids swimming around in open space and they got lock up in a small box.

Overall, they might not be perfect but i do love the colors in that tank the most. Blue, green, neon eggs, red. Very nice mix of colors in shrimps.
Do you cull the splashed looking Rili's Oh? Like they are light blue in color with random red all over the place?

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IMO The blues and red on that one are a nice color, but to me what makes a rili is the absence of color on the shell in the middle.

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Do you cull the splashed looking Rili's Oh? Like they are light blue in color with random red all over the place?

I'm mainly keeping the good looking blue first then marking next. I do keep the splash if it have a nice blue on them.

These guys breeds like rabits so it's too hard sometime to try to predict the out come. I need like 10 tanks if i'm going to separate them all
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I'm mainly keeping the good looking blue first then marking next. I do keep the splash if it have a nice blue on them.

These guys breeds like rabits so it's too hard sometime to try to predict the out come. I need like 10 tanks if i'm going to separate them all
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i have not culled any of mine. i have kept them all and am working on getting more blue out of them then i will work on the blue color on the shell
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i have not culled any of mine. i have kept them all and am working on getting more blue out of them then i will work on the blue color on the shell
Great idea. About what population size would you start culling?

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once i start seeing the majority of babys comming out say 90-100% blue i will move the ones with markings on the shell to another tank and keep an eye on them because ive read in several places that the red color can change as they get older i have reds from bright cherry red to almost burgundy red on the shell and one has blue pattern instead of red. im going for blue on blue hehe. but i have moved a couple already because they looked like cherrys all red no clear/blue color to them
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Makes one wonder if rili is co-dominant.

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my main reason for keeping them all right now is i dont know who is letting out the all blue rili with no color on the shell. i know my one with blue color on the shell when her eggs are about to hatch they turn bright orange where as the other ones with red on the shell just kinda get a clear color with eyes. but i am seeing more and more all blue ones so that is a good thing
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Only a little over a week and I got 2 berried females already!








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