What do TB molts look like?
I've always been able to tell if a neo or crystal has molted in my tank because the Neos are all clear and the crystals have orangish tails and noses...
But now with all 3 in there I am confused.
My CBS female which has a noticeable orange tinge to her tail has molts like my OEBTs, which had the brownish/orangey head and tail. My CBS males which don't have that twinge, have clear molts. As far as TBs, I have no idea so yeah, no help there.
I think the different in molts is a hardness or calcium issue. As in kept in different conditions.... But all mine look the same. Now if mine sat longer than the other it gets a little brownish tinge from the substrate and small floating mater particals. but I have witnessed every type of shrimp I keep molt and I could not tell any apart
I'm talking from the same tank. My OEBTs have always had the twinge of brown on the head and tail and that's right when they molt as I've witnessed it plenty of times. Now, my CRS have normal looking molts, really no different from my neo molts. As well as my CBS except ONE CBS I have that when looking at her she has a brown tint to her head and tail, it's also on her molts. Mine definitely isn't happening from them sitting for a while since I watch them molt (I can look at most of my shrimp and tell when they are going to molt the same day).
Interesting. My Taiwan Bee, CBS, CRS, and Tiger molts all have a slight orange tint to the tip of the head and the tail. My Cardinal molts are plain white without any orange tint. I'm not keeping any neos right now for comparison. I use the Salty Shrimp products (GH+ and 8.5) to re-mineralize my RO water.
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I would think genetics and sex comes into it as well. With my OEBTs (now and when I had a decent colony...that I no longer have) I noticed the tinge would show up more on the females than the males. With my tibees, the molts have the same brownish/orange twinge at head and tail but pretty much with the females only.
As with everything else in this hobby, different folks are going to have different experiences. I have to do some filter maintenance and water change today on my big tank. If it triggers a molt on anybody I'll get pics or a video.
Well this one happened when I was tearing my filter apart before I did a water change. I'd just been in the tank removing hoses so it couldn't have been over about 20 minutes old...my OEBTs and tibees were already fighting over it so this is only the back half of the molt. And the tibee in the pic, well, you should be able to see the brown hue to her tail...that's what you see in the molts. Same with the OEBTs and that one female CBS in the tank.
I get the brownish orange thing on the head/tail with my Super Tigers. Don't see it in my colored Tigers or other shrimp, though. Wonder if yours are a result of Super Tigers or a recently wild-type Tiger?
Now the little hamsters are running on the wheel in my head...