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Old 03-20-2013, 12:32 PM   #46
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Just noticed in my low grade crs, there is one super red crystal. Looks like need to wait for 1-2 months to get it to breed... Btw, selective breed the lower grades in your tank! Higher chances of getting more c grades that way.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:32 PM   #47
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Out of curiosity, how long would it take for the pattern to "stabilize" would you say? If he sold it to us, it would help stabilize the strain right? Since there is more population with the C grades. Together, we will bring back the C grade population!
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I'll put a serious answer to your question anyway. How fast the strain stabilizes depends on how fast the modifiers fall into line. It's not like you are trying to breed a new color or new shrimp. Red and white are already in the genes. The modifiers dictate pattern, coverage, etc. By having more than one shrimp that expresses those arrangement of modifiers, you decrease the time of creating the strain.

Now that they are berried, absolutely separate this C strain and build a colony from them and the offspring. Cull the ones that don't make the cut, and it will help you progress that much faster toward your goal sticking with the arrangement of modifiers you want. This is the absolute simplest form of selection, so you should progress pretty fast. Thankfully, it is very easy to tell phenotype on these "Scarlets."
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:06 PM   #48
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I'll put a serious answer to your question anyway. How fast the strain stabilizes depends on how fast the modifiers fall into line. It's not like you are trying to breed a new color or new shrimp. Red and white are already in the genes. The modifiers dictate pattern, coverage, etc. By having more than one shrimp that expresses those arrangement of modifiers, you decrease the time of creating the strain.

Now that they are berried, absolutely separate this C strain and build a colony from them and the offspring. Cull the ones that don't make the cut, and it will help you progress that much faster toward your goal sticking with the arrangement of modifiers you want. This is the absolute simplest form of selection, so you should progress pretty fast. Thankfully, it is very easy to tell phenotype on these "Scarlets."
Oh! I sorta get it now.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:31 AM   #49
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Just to make sure, cull any shrimps that has higher grade than C right?
Because I'm pretty sure some S/SS will come out from these two batches. There are about 50 S-SS and 2 of the C grades lol.
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Spotted hydras, time to nuke it with Panacur C.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:13 AM   #51
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Spotted hydras, time to nuke it with Panacur C.
Light is on just for pictures.



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I just spotted a hydra in a tank of mine, too.

Can't you starve them out?
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Just be careful. I've killed shrimp in my shrimp tank with panacur before.
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Just be careful. I've killed shrimp in my shrimp tank with panacur before.
Yeah me too 2 adults last time. But maybe it's my fault because I over dose the tank because of the lack of measurement tools for the fenbendazole. Hopefully I don't overdose this time.
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I don't know the exact ingredients to panacur, but if you choose a similar SafeGuard, I can help you dose an appropriate amount.
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Came home tonight and saw a dead shrimp
One casualty total.

Then I did 5% (1g gallon water change) with 1ml seachem prime added to new water.

Good news is I don't see anymore hydra. I guess I'm done dosing, scared now so many berried shrimps in there.



Tank water before water change. Shake n bake and wait for 5 mins.

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Why does that look like .5 to me?! What?
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My heart stopped for a sec when I read " One Casualty."
I can't believe one death of a shrimp can actually affect ammonia.
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I just spotted a hydra in a tank of mine, too.

Can't you starve them out?
I don't believe you can starve them out because if memory serves well, they will just return into cyst form and re-emerge when parameters are in their favor & they are considered biologically immortal (no post-mitotic cells and apparently don't age).
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What you guys think on the ammonia chart?
I'm colorblind so would you say .25ppm or .50ppm?
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My heart stopped for a sec when I read " One Casualty."
I can't believe one death of a shrimp can actually affect ammonia.
It's not the shrimp that produce ammonia but the hydras.

When hydra and planaria dies from medicine, it can make a small ammonia spike in the tank plus I only have an HOB filter.
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