Bloody Mary Shrimp
My experience with Bloody Mary Shrimp. Good and Bad!
I’ve been breeding these shrimp for a couple of months. My original 10 shrimp were from Shrimpusa. I currently have a couple of hundred in the tank that I can see.
Disclaimer: the original 10 BM are the only shrimp in the group, shrimp were not mix with my old PFR strain. I don’t have any other neo shrimp other than the BM.
My first impression of the shrimp out of the box was that they had very good color. I became more impressed after keeping them for a while. I was amazed with the shrimp because some shrimp have the potential to keep changing color until the shrimp turn maroon/black. The pigmentation and saturation in color exceeds my old PFR strain, which I thought was impossible.
You can spot a BM at a very young age around 1-1.5 cm in size. They have an orange-red glow/transparency (tissue color). Like any other neo, the color deepens and fills in with age and each breeding event. Culling the shrimp is pain. I cull about 50% of the shrimp. Yes, I am very picky! The culled shrimp can be almost clear, to a red that doesn’t quite fill in. There are orange shrimp with red veins/strips, I would select for them, but I don’t have room for this project.
If I knew what I know now, I would have probably not invested in this project because of the culling. Are the shrimp worth the higher price tag? I guess since the reject rate is so high. I like the look of the shrimp, but there is way too much work involved. I’ll probably keep them for a couple of months get bored and pick a more stable neo strain.
Check out the pictures below.
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