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post #1 of 98 (permalink) Old 10-11-2013, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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The Malawa Club

This pulled the trigger to start Malawa shrimp selective breeding, I am curious about the colors/patterns that these shrimp can reveal.
The time is overdue, lets get together and see what we will come up with.

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Am I able to join even if I don't selectively breed them at the moment? I have a 29g filled with nothing but Malawa. Maybe 1,000 shrimp or so? The Malawa are some of my favorite shrimp as a species.

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Am I able to join even if I don't selectively breed them at the moment? I have a 29g filled with nothing but Malawa. Maybe 1,000 shrimp or so? The Malawa are some of my favorite shrimp as a species.
Anyone can join, the goal is to share our thoughts, ideas, experience on keeping and breeding this wonderful shrimp, I know you have other breeding projects going on.
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Thanks, dude.

I know Auban is trying his hand at selectively breeding them. But so far, I know of only him and you that are trying for selectively breeding them. A real shame, too. I've said for years there is so much potential in these shrimp, and yet because they aren't already true vars of them, the interest isn't there yet.

Another thing that I think can be bred for is the white stripes on the back of some. This could lead eventually to an S, SS and SSS type of breeding.

Their color seems to be more stable, too. You can breed a color to a same color and the offspring will seem to fall into the same color much more quickly than a standard cherry. AND they tend to outbreed cherries AND be just as hardy as them. What's not to like?

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What else to you all like about this species?
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i've got them in both of my shrimp tanks because i understand they won't interbreed with anyone and have thought of selective breeding them for some time, like you guys said they have a lot of cool color variations that would be awesome to get breeding true, i've a got a few with colors that are spotted. i want in!

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I got these shrimp few years ago, in my experience they are hardier than any other shrimp I had.
When I spotted the one with the orange stripe, I took everything from the tank to see if I can find another one, since there is no other like that I decided to keep it with a male and female Malawa shrimp that look like Snowball shrimp, they are now in 1 gallon box inside 40 breeder tank.
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Can I play, too? I have no interest in selective breeding, but if I get anything interesting, I'll let you all know!
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they are crazy little shrimp.

so far, i have only managed to get some decent results from a group of dark shrimp i put in a five gallon. there are more babies than i can count.

the other two groups i put together were all a bit on the small side, but are much bigger now. so, hopefully, ill get some babies out of them soon.

odd thing about the dark group, they seem to be producing mostly dark shrimp and blue shrimp. they are still pretty small though, so the blue shrimp may turn out darker. if not, at least its a clue as to what is involved in the dark shrimp. it may just be that they are just red malawas with a strong presentation of blue.

i havent put them under the microscope yet, but i think i have enough babies now to risk losing a few. ill see if i can get some close up pics this weekend.
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I've had the same results. I culled out the clearish-greenish in the beginning to keep the darker brown. I wound up with a majority of browns and blues.

I stopped culling a long time ago, and now have some clearish-greenish showing up, but still the overwhelming majority is browns.

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I got these shrimp few years ago, in my experience they are hardier than any other shrimp I had.
When I spotted the one with the orange stripe, I took everything from the tank to see if I can find another one, since there is no other like that I decided to keep it with a male and female Malawa shrimp that look like Snowball shrimp, they are now in 1 gallon box inside 40 breeder tank.
while i have not seen an orange stripe shrimp like what you found, i have noticed that there is a stripe on many of my malawas. the funny part is, it comes in different colors. sometimes its a white stripe, sometimes its a dark stripe. not all shrimp have it, so it maybe a trait in of itself.

this old pic shows a small malawa(the one on the snail shell in the middle) with a white stripe across its back.
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The white is what I'm talking about for S breeding.

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The white is what I'm talking about for S breeding.
There is too many body colors, which one do you think will be cool with white stripes?
The following is some of the shrimp I have including 1 dark brown like what auban showed in the other thread.
I noticed that all of them show dark stomach/digestive system except the one on the spoon its stomach looks almost white.

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The one on the spoon is what I consider clearish- green. Not uncommon to see from my tank.

This one above the orange has the white stripes that I think could be bred out for wider and wider white.

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I kind of like the clearish-green ones. I wonder what they'd produce if only bred to each other.

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