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DEEP RCS Pictures, from thread in inverts forum

So I figured I'd share these pictures with everyone who hasn't dived into my thread over on the inverts forum. These are my RCS as of tonight.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/4253325...7623589540916/

Pictures, ignore the first few that would not be a RCS yet its pretty.

One of the deepest...


Normalish male on top of deep female



Group I bated...



Blurry, sorry...

bit better




See the blue ramshorn behind? He was from that secret experiment I did earlier. Not the best picture...



Not as bad as some others...


Here are two pictures of young males, might be young females. It is tough also because of black sand to say if its exhibiting the coloration changes or not at all in the picture. In reality its subtle but there. If you want to send me a better macro camera than a sonyshot and a magnifying glass I could provide better pictures


For the last one, go to the link above then go to it, then look at the largest version. In that its easier to see its purple and not gravel... but still not perfect!

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My deep red rcs have turned purplish since I moved them to another tank without fish in it. It's also darker and has more moss.
My cybershot works pretty well. What model do you have?

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Its an older one I'd have to look up the model.

This isn't because of the substrate. They will keep the color of this if they're moved to other tanks, etc. Light Substrate...

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Where's mine? Tell tehm things to get into rabbit mode I want some that color!

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Slightly confused, what do you mean by deep? Is that just darker red, closer to marroon? And is that trait valued much in the RCS world?

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This spring will be rabbit mode but I believe it'll take until next spring to get them to develop the color depth, they need the stressful cooler temperatures or whatever.

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Slightly confused, what do you mean by deep? Is that just darker red, closer to marroon? And is that trait valued much in the RCS world?
I'm calling them Deep rcs, since the color is so deep, its a very dark maroon/black/purple color. I like it, I don't know what it'll do to prices.

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Great job Mr. Hill!

You are a fine shrimp breeder indeed.

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Great job Mr. Hill!

You are a fine shrimp breeder indeed.
Thanks

You'd be surprised what a bit of cool water can do! But I am beginning to wonder if it has more to do with 4 years of inbreeding starting to produce mutations because as you can probably see the deep RCS aren't all of the RCS if it was just a stress reaction so it's still a bit confusing.

Time will tell, either way the water is going to start heating up at the end of the month and then I'm hoping the results will stay the same.

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To tell you the truth, I'm not sure either.

When I had my first batch of RCS they realy weren't red. I didn't cull. Didn't selectively breed. And so forth. But generation after generation they got more and more red. They were in a 10g, 36w PC, inert lame gravel, tap water, and 78-80F water (heater). They FLOURISHED! 200+ in a 10g easily. All deep deep red. Sadly I lost them all to a heater malfunction.

Now this current batch from Epic really aren't THAT red. They are in 64-68F water (unheated) and are dull. So we will see how that goes. They've yet to breed although I did introduce two of the last remaining females I have to the tank, hoping the males were old enough to do their jobs.

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Hmm, I'm begining to wonder if it is just coincidence because as the pictures show not all the shrimp are showing the coloration and they have been inbred over 4 years with new blood only added once and then one new shrimp being added at one point as well. Then there have been at least 3-4 times over the years that massive unintentional culling has taken place, mostly due to the addition of fish in their 55g.

It could also be a combination of genes+cool water and stress. I don't really know. \

Either way I like em and I think they're pretty unique.
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