Originally Posted by Georgiadawgger
Selective breeding can be possible...but is it really worth the time? IMO shrimp are only fun to watch when they're in the main tank rather than in a bare bottom or shrimp-only-minimal tank...and the pain in catching the ones you want is another issue. Toss in shrimp sources and waiting for maturity can also add to the wait.
Add to that, you shouldn't (IMO) inbreed the selective color traits either, once you have your F2 generation.
I'm sure it's possible but it's not worth the time and effort since they are so prolific.
I have a very strong breeding stock that produces very deeply colored red cherry shrimp. I do notice the random brown or pale colored baby and I try to net them out and dump them in my main 65g display tank. The culls usually have a 30% survival rate as my angels tend to find them quite tasty.
I've noticed a dozen or so of my mature females are solid red and I thought about transplanting them into a separate tank to see if I could breed some higher quality cherries but it's almost not worth the effort.
However, my Crystal Red population is starting to display some strong variations in the F1 generation so I will be separating them. Not to mention I have nearly 4 dozen S/S+ grade crystal reds arriving tomorrow from Asia so I will need to be more selective in the babies I keep.