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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Why do people keep tanks with mixed breeds of Taiwan Bees?

What is the reason?
to strengthen your future shrimp?

but wouldn't this just make a whole bunch of odd looking hybrids that you'll need to continually cull out?
Do some of the lines like the blue bolt breed mostly true? if so then why do people keep BBs in a tank with other taiwan bees? wouldn't that make more work since you'll get less BBs that way?

thank you for any explanations. I am simply curious.
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I have room/time for 1 shrimp tank. In it I have a bit of everything, bike, goldens, crs, CBS, mischlings. I get a mix of babies but mostly CBS, mischlings. I do have TB babies though and crs. I just like seeing what gets spit out of the mutts. I might start a 10 blue bolt tank this spring though when the prices come down more

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I don't keep TBs but I know you don't get hybrid shrimp from mixing TBs, so it's okay for people keep them together. As for the Blue Bolt part, I read a post somewhere yesterday that BBs are too new of a strain to breed true but the poster didn't know if that was true or not. This just a conjecture, but I think people have mixed TB tanks to save money and lessen the amount of inbreeding but have a higher chance of getting more Taiwan bees. For example, if you buy a blue bolt for $100 and want baby BBs in the next generation, you would have to mix it with another TB, but that would mean you would have to buy another BB for $100, making it a total of $200. But, it would be cheaper to buy one BB and one BKK for a total of, say, $140 instead. Now granted, the chances of getting BB babies is less if you breed a BB and BKK together, but I believe some breeders wouldn't care about a mixed stock. But if you want more BBs, then it would make more sense to buy two BBs.

This is just my guess so please correct me if there's any wrong information.
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ah as a way to save money and get a bunch of fun breeds to look at makes sense. thanks for the answers guys. lets see what others say
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