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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old 07-14-2006, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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Black red cherry shrimp??

Several days ago I found this adult red cherry shrimp to be really red. Today found it again, and take a look at the colour



Is this normal? The shrimp is alive and OK, I'm just curious on the phenomenon.
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post #2 of 64 (permalink) Old 07-14-2006, 07:26 AM
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Are you sure that's a cherry? It might be a Ninja Shrimp...http://www.petshrimp.com/serratirostris.html
Either way I think it looks cool.

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I agree, ninja shrimp can change it's color as you described. Just read about the ninja shrimp and enjoy your new discovery!
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I got the batch from a friend's tank. The cherries inside his tank are already several shrimp generations old. There would be some reverse mutation to the colourless taiwan shrimp out of the red cherry from time to time (taiwan and cherry are under one close family), but he reported none of the shrimps had ever turned black. And plus his tanks are all pure fresh water (the ninja would need brackish condition to survive several shrimp generations).

I'd like to give a better picture but I have no macro lens on my SLR, plus the single black shrimp is so elusive in my fully planted 260 gallon tank. I'm quite sure that there was no dark shrimp when I get the batch several months ago. There was however, some light red - almost colourless ones.

I'll be on the lookout and see what will happen next.
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That is not a ninja shrimp. There is a person in SFBAAPS that have been getting black cherries with in their normal cherry population. He too started out with just red ones.
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So this is a genetic trait/mutation of the rcs?
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There are black cherries now? Cool! I want some.

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HOLY CRAP! black cherries!!!?!?!?!?!?!? Put me on the list! Wow. Thats amazing.
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I have one of them as well, my shrimp came from Vinniemac so if you got yours there you may have a shot.
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If any of them breeds them well, I mean the black shrimp, then DO sell them and try to spread it! I would love some! Is there a way to encourage mutations? lol. I've heard of many cherry shrimp color variations... Such as when one accidentaly bred a red cherry shrimp with a wild type cherry shrimp, and came with a green and yellow type. Also saw picture of an orange snowball shrimp! I guess the Neocaridina species are easier to get color variations out of them, especially because they breed so easily!
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I have a black red cherry as well. She started out in my shrimp only 10G as a pale pregnant red cherry, and after she dropped her eggs I transfered her into a 55G with slightly warmer water. She then turned jet black with a brown stripe down her back. I thought my angels had killed her but I found her today and transfered her to another tank. I'll throw in a male and see what happens.
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Hope it works for you cliner, I would like to see if these are as hardy as the regular rcs. If so I would like to raise some.
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I have a black color cherry too. Although mine is not entirely black. Some parts are transparent but you can clearly see black and black stripes. And I'm sure they're not tiger.
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...so whats up with these black cherry shrimp. I saw another person say on the swapnshop that he recieved a BLACK red cherry shrimp from vinnymac again. Whats up with vinnymac and the black cherry shrimp?!!?!??!?!?! Damn I REALLY want one...

Whoever has had these, please update on how they are and pictures would be nice as well. Did they breed, or are they carrying eggs. What else is different about them besides their black color.... I'm very curious!
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there is a guy in SFBAAPS that has a tank full of what he calls Black Cherries. He thinks they're the wild coloration of what is now Cherry shrimp. I've seen his pics and they go from dark brown to black. He had a couple hundred of them at one point, so hopefully he'll see this post and maybe sell a few.
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