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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-17-2020, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Separating neos

So my tank only had blue neos and pandas but in the last week the small shrimps have been growing and many (6+) have a bronze/transparent color...not blue at all. Others have a blue hue or sky blue. My friend tells me I need to separate them ASAP but I don't have another tank to set them in. Should I separate them in a breeding box inside the tank?

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The contrast are these beautiful blue neos.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-18-2020, 02:32 AM
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My friend tells me I need to separate them ASAP but I don't have another tank to set them in.
If your concern is that the bronze shrimp might ruin the gene pool of your blues for breeding, then you only need to separate them before they reach breeding maturity (which from your pics looks like a little way of). So not sure ASAP is really necessary. Also, not sure at what stage of development that these shrimp will take on their final colour, but you don't want to cull juveniles too early. Sure others with more experience will be able to suggest at what stage they should have their final colour and be ready for separating, if needing.


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What does "culling" means?
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Culling - removing from main colony

Could be selling, feeding to fish, or simply putting into a cull tank.


I do believe that shrimp can escape out of most breeding boxes although I have seen some Z box(?) ones that looked pretty sturdy and unescapable.
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I use Ziss boxes and they are pretty amazing for shrimp sorting. Shrimp def can't escape, but you have to worry about small shimplets getting sucked in from the intake vent

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Culling - removing from main colony

Could be selling, feeding to fish, or simply putting into a cull tank.


I do believe that shrimp can escape out of most breeding boxes although I have seen some Z box(?) ones that looked pretty sturdy and unescapable.
Ziss boxes seem too expensive. I can cull them in a normal breeding box once they are young adults maybe. Today I removed one big catappa leaf I had and oh my, so many shrimps hiding below it.
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I once used the net breeding boxes.... I had shrimp crawling in and out of it, despite the top of the box being above the water line. Never saw them do it, either!


Some of the HOB breeder boxes are another option... however, requires a slight modification to keep the shrimp *IN* the boxes. It's just a piece of sponge on the out-take!
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