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Question.... do I have enough shrimp???


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Very nice. Bunch of babies.


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Shrimplets, shrimplets everywhere!!
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I got this colony in October of 2018... haven't had a big population boom. In fact, it was *several* months before they started breeding, and there wasn't much breeding to begin with... as in, the shrimp that did hatch and survive are already adults now. There may be some shrimplets that are older in the tank right now, but we're talking by days here! Plus at least three females berried.

Hoping the colony finally kicks off and see what weird and wacky offspring I get! The colony throws Rili and "Headless Horseman".... or another odd one.
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The males were freaking out last night, swimming all over the place... quick count, looks like there's 5 berried girls! Glad to see that! Looks like a couple of girls might be ready to pop soon too?
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I thought YKK were Caridina? Just curious b/c you mentioned throwing rili patterns. Either way, your experience gives me hope for my OEBTs. I got those ages ago and get a baby here and there, but they just aren't doing what shrimp are supposed to.
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I thought YKK were Caridina? Just curious b/c you mentioned throwing rili patterns. Either way, your experience gives me hope for my OEBTs. I got those ages ago and get a baby here and there, but they just aren't doing what shrimp are supposed to.
Yes, that's correct! They are Caridina! Believed to be derived from Tangerine Tigers.... somehow?

And yes... Rili pattern! And clear head pattern... ("headless horseman") not pretty... and sometimes clear body ("lemon heads").

What I received when I ordered them was all YKK... but they came from a colony that throws the different patterns. One of the colored YKK's actually lost color as it grew older... then they reproduced and.... I wasn't expecting that!


Have kept them with Neos before, too! Never got any odd colored shrimp.


For reference.... A "headless horseman" in the back with normal YKK's

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"Headless Horseman" with a yellow face...

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This one is from December... from the first batch of offspring if I recall right? I haven't seen one like this in a while so either it colored up differently or didn't survive to adult hood. This one is something akin to a rili pattern (clear body/head but yellow nose and tail)

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I've also gotten some "rili type" patterns showing up in my opae ulas... Some of those came from the same breeder as the YKK's... however, I don't recall for sure if his colony threw rili's or not. Then again, the opae ulas aren't as well colored as they could be....
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