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Old 07-06-2013, 09:34 PM   #1
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Wanting to take a step further that RCS.


I've been keeping RCS in my community tanks for the past 6-7 months and as expected they are breeding like wildfire. Obviously these guys are a fairly hardy species and are super easy to keep. I keep looking at the blue tigers and blue bolts and I've half way decided to start up a nano for shrimp in the next few months. I've read quite a bit on keeping inverts, but I'm a little confused on the specifics. What to feed, water changes, habitats, filtration. ect. I'm more drawn to the blue bolt shrimp, does anyone have any experience keeping these guys?
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:51 PM   #2
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You have a ways to go before you can keep blue bolts. A rule of thumb to me that I found logical is if you have to ask yourself how to keep a shrimp, you're obviously not ready to try. Work your way up. Blue bolts are Taiwan bees which need softer water and a more "tuned" set of parameters than you've had experience with.

Typically, you'd qant a spacious tank (like 20G for example), weekly water changes, plenty of filtration, proper water parameters, good diet, etc. Read the stickies on how o keep shrimp.
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I wouldn't jump in to the more sensitive species so soon.
Work your way up.
Id love to keep some of the blue bolt myself. They're gorgeous.
my next shrimp tank when I've got the hang of all this with my cherry tank are going to be dark blue velvets.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:08 AM   #4
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I went from cherries to crystal red and yellow neos. There definitely is a learning curve. It took me a bit to get everything down. It's all good now. I would stay with neo shrimp for now until you get them breeding good. That's when you know you have the tank down. There's some nice colors around. Try some blues or yellows. They seem to be the hardiest next to cherry shrimp
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:26 AM   #5
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Personally I'd start with some CRS (from lower grades to higher grades) and once you've mastered them similar to how you've mastered RCS, I'd slowly ease into Taiwan Bees. It's all a learning process which takes lots of time to build up experience.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:56 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advise guys. That's why I'm asking questions. I'd be really mad at myself for killing a $70 shrimp. I have a spare 5g kicking around, so I'm thinking about setting up a small RCS tank to gain a little experience with. I've never used RO water or any of the buffers that are designed for shrimp, so I think I'll do a little experimenting to learn how to keep params in check.

On a side note, does anyone know where I can find some DIY shrimp food recipes?
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Honestly, with all the expensive shrimp I keep, Neos are still my favorite.

It's definitely fun to keep things like Pandas and BKKs but there's so much more you can do with Neos. Every few weeks there's a new color morph popping up.
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I worked my way from ghost shrimps (12/2012) -> cherries (1/2013) -> pfr (2/2013) ->pumpkins (2/2013) -> crs (4/2013) -> oebt (6/2013) .

I am still afraid to try taiwan bees! lol I am hoping that by winter i am ready for some adorable pandas and wine reds =)! once i finish my rack, i am going to start cycling a tank for them =)!

So work slow and move up. you'll get to experience all the different shrimps and not have to experience the horror of them dying!! Besides one or two dying from temperature fuctuation (forgot to turn on the ac one day =() I haven't had any major die offs.
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I've been looking at the yellow and blue color morph neos, but the blue bolt has really caught my eye as well as the orange eye blue tigers. I'm in love with the solid coloration that I've yet to see in neos.
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No, they are tiger shrimps. They are slightly more sensitive than crs i feel like.

The neo with similar coloration is call blue diamonds, speedie sells them. they dont have the orange eyes tho.
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I do like the blue diamonds. Those little guys might just fit the bill.
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I know that the BDs are a neo, but do they require any special care/params over RCS?
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They have been a little more picky as far as water params for me. My F1's have less mortality than the P1's did.

I have a suspicion that the BD blues have to be bred back to the BD chocolates to keep from being too fragile- but I have no proof of this.
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:25 PM   #14
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Thanks for all of your help guys.
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