A "Red Neck" Neo Journal
I was doing a w/c on my OEBT/Red 10G tank yesterday and realized that I already have two different groups of PFR/RCS/Sakura shrimplets! One group of at least 6 were born last Wednesday (I think), and are clearly red tinged (< 1/8").
Then, I found a bunch of shrimpies that are extremely tiny (about 1/16"). They were scavenging on the hardscape and going in and out of the cholla. I only noticed them because of the tiny dark spot on their carapace that indicates they've been eating! I thought they were tiny scuds until I got down to their level and saw them along the crest of some stones. They are soooo small! I saw one swim to the FSS substrate, only to get rudely "sifted" by an adult. It headed back to the hardscape, kinda woozy.
I also counted at least 8 more berried moms... This tank will be exploded by the end of the month! I began culling males that are almost full adults without much red and ended up putting 6 culls in my 75G to "root hog or die!" You might say it's too late to cull the less than acceptable males, but I counted 5 more saddled babes, and one berried & saddled mom! I suspect others are saddled, but the dark/full reds are too solid to tell. I have at least 3 very red/full red males that are old enough to mate.
Oh boy, this is going to be awesome! Pictures are coming!
Congratulations! It's never too late to cull shrimp you don't like. Population genetics ftw!
I don't know what you've got in your 75g, but I put half a dozen cherry culls into my native river tank (full of carnivorous fish) and have found survivors months later. You might wind up with a second shrimp tank if you accidentally move a female. :)
I managed to get 3 pics before the battery went out in my camera. I missed the best picture where a baby was riding a Fluval Shrimp Food Granule in the flow across the tank. By the time I got the camera, he was swimming into this myriophyllum tuberculatum:
Yeah, those rust colored "limbs" are as thin as kite string. He/she is about 1/16". What's cool about babies is that they "pop up" when you aren't expecting them. I was searching for an unobstructed shot when I realized this guy was sitting on the glass... about 2" from my face:
I leave the sides and back pretty much covered in dust algae, as I consider them to be just 3 more pastures for shrimp to graze on. I apologize for the picture quality. My camera is just a Kodak Z712 IS (12X optical zoom). Here are two potential mates:
More to come.
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