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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2020, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Dream Blue Velvet Shrimp turning Brown

Well, like the title says. I've been keeping some Dream Blue Velvets in a planted 10 gallon tank. Couldn't help but notice 1 or 2 shrimp turning brown. Fearing an infection I isolated said shrimp, not expecting them to last more than a few days. Fast forward to several months later, and they are both still brown but doing fine. It was time last week one of the browning blue Velvets finally passed over night, and my second one is doing just fine. I have included 2 photos of the second browned shrimp before I removed it from my 10 gallon. I just want to know if this is some sort of genetics related change causing the brown to appear over time, or if it is some sort of bacterial infection.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2020, 07:09 PM
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Im certainly no expert --but, that appears to be just coloration. I believe they use chocolate shrimp to achieve the deep blues on some ( if not all) blue shrimp.
I am not certain, but I dont think they are sick.
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I don't think that is disease. I've had my share of blue velvets that threw brown offspring, though I can't recall a blue one ever turning colors after reaching adulthood.
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Im certainly no expert --but, that appears to be just coloration. I believe they use chocolate shrimp to achieve the deep blues on some ( if not all) blue shrimp.
I am not certain, but I dont think they are sick.
More experienced shrimp-keepers will chime in here shortly to give a more definitive response.
I was suspecting that might be the case, considering that 2 of the other shrimps had babies, neither of which showed any browning but produced a single pure chocolate shrimp.

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I don't think that is disease. I've had my share of blue velvets that threw brown offspring, though I can't recall a blue one ever turning colors after reaching adulthood.
Yeah that's what has me confused, too. I know it's possible for the blues to produce a "rusted trait" where the black markings will be brown instead, but to have that occur this late in their life cycles? Very peculiar.

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Looks like a racing stripe to me... aka 'normal' coloration...
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I'm curious, would breeding these possibly result in more shrimps with "racing stripes"?
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I'm curious, would breeding these possibly result in more shrimps with "racing stripes"?
Yes, if that's the goal.
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