Advice on Raising/Breeding BM Shrimp
I started with about 12 BM's that I purchased from a seller on Aquabid and I've had the same experience. I now have approximately 100 shrimp. But, in my case even more than 50% need to culled. I am in the process of culling them now and I'd estimate that I'm going to need to cull approximately 70 to 75%. LIke jimko, I've got a number of clear or partially clear with red or maroon streaks, but I also have a large number of orangish/red shrimp that have good uniform coloration and which will probably qualify for sakura, to fire red to PFR. Since this is my first foray into culling, I wanted to ask forum members the following:
1) how big/old do your let your BM shrimp get before you make the call as to whether or not to cull them;
2) What do you do with your culls ? I am thinking of offering some of the culls that would qualify for sakura to fire red to PFR for sale, but I'm not sure what to do with some of the clear ones or the ones with red/maroon streaks. Any ideas or suggestions ? ? ?
3) Finally, what do you do with your culls while you are waiting to sell or transport them to another locale ? I only have a 20 gallon tall tank that is currently set up and operation. I have a small "Marina brand" hang on breeding tank that rests on the side of my 20 gal. and that has a flow through system that takes in and releases water from the 20 gal. I also have a 2.5 gallon acrylic tank (Thank you Walmart Blue Light special !) and I am thinking of setting up one or both of these tanks as a temporary holding tank for the culls until I can sell them or transport to another locale (such as a friends aquarium).
As a relative newbie to raising and breeding RCS and BM shrimp in particular, I would sincerely appreciate any advice, suggestions or ideas anyone can offer. Cheers !