Its been a while since I last update my shrimps photo, a lot had happen to the community in asia and our farm. We had a chance to participate in two International contest, one in Germany and another in Thailand and luckily received two medals, 2nd runner up for CRS in Germany and Special prize in Thailand. Also updated our photo collection, finished our website, facebook and had a great opportunity for an interview with Imke of Shrimpsider.
She is kind enough and allowed me to post the entire interview about our farm here and I really do hope some the interview helps you in your shrimps breeding too.
Hope you enjoy the shrimps. Comments are welcome.
This girl went to the contest in Germany, sadly she only has one day to regain her beauty before the judgement and receive only bronze prize, A serious breeder from Switzerland brought her after the contest and now breeding her babies there! I doubt she might be one of the top 3 living PRL in europe right now.
And here the interview.
Q: 35shrimps is an uncommon idea for a shrimp name. Can you please explain the idea behind?
35Shrimps: The farm started by three friends who share the same passion in beautiful red bee shrimps, three of us were studied in the same elementary school in the class of 35, therefore we name our lineage so.
Q: When did you start with your own line and is it a pure line?
35Shrimps: The very first 35shrimps lineage can trace back to 2006, on the very first Thailand Redbee competition, redbee of Ajayut “Map” won the contest in the biggest class “Open” – so we continue selective breeding using the bloodline from the winner of the contest mixing with pure japanese and taiwanese redbee to achieve our goal in term of beauty, strength and survival rate of the babies.
35Shrimps: Apparently we only do Red, but we have a plan to working on Black as well.
Q: What is your breeding philosophy and goal? On which special characteristics do you focus?
35Shrimps: The most priority is that our shrimps need to be strong and possible for customer to breed and stay on the same quality and improving from the parents as well as the ruby red and luminous thick crackless white. The legs need to be all red or half red half white. The figure need to be gigantic and the proportion between head and body need to be perfect. These shrimps also need to be strong enough to breed in another tank, with different breeder and can suffered a long journey during a continental shipping.
Q: How is the offspring survival rate?
35Shrimps: It depends on the environment of the tank that one use to breed them, for our own tank in the farm the number is around 87-95percent ,however it depend on shrimps quality.
Q: How should potential buyers keep you shrimp? Must they have special equipment and knowledge?
35Shrimps: Basic knowledge in redbee keeping is required, however amateurs can breed our shrimps as well as pro, every customer will get our direct e-mail address for any breeding question and an quick answer from us.
Q: Can you please describe an optimal set up (tank size, filtration, lights, soil, plants/moss)?
35Shrimps: The standard set up We recommend to our friends is a 60cm tank with 3-5L canister filter. 0.5watt/L light intensity with ADA or Benibachi soil.
Q: What about the water parameter and water changes?
35Shrimps: Most of our tanks share the same water parameter of pH 5.5-5.8 GH4 TDS 120. We rarely do water change – maybe once in 6 months, we only added them.
Q: Which diet do you recommend and which food do you feed?
35Shrimps: We recommend clean boiled Spinach, but dried food is OK as well as it is clean and fresh. We have our own Spinach field in the northern-east part of Thailand where the atmosphere is colder and the environment is non toxic. Our vegetable are toxic free and raise without any use of Chemical products.
Q: Please list the additives and supplements you find useful for your breeding?
35Shrimps: Nothing special but we take very good care of it. We somehow add some minerals like grey stone also bacteria and enzymes to simulate high breeding and survival rate. Covering of small amount of water filling and changing for shrimps to adapt themselves to water condition.
Q: Unexpected shrimp deaths in a cycled aquarium are the most complicated problem in shrimp keeping. What is your advise or emergency plan for our readers, when they experience casualties? Where should they start looking for any error?
35Shrimps: These problems are quite complicate. Shrimps health and their lineage are two of the important reasons of unexplained death. Check your water parameter first, GH and TDS should be somewhere between 3-7 and 90-200 respectively. The change in pH during the day or after Water change is also important. Shrimps keeper bad habit is an overlook reason too, inspect your action to the tank before the start of an unexplained death, what did you feed, how you mineralize your tank or introduce new product to your cycle Tank with short established time will suffered from NH4 and NO3 problem, and those are too long cycled with expired soil will no longer control the acidity and alkalinity of the water. These are all problematic and we encourage to reset the tank instantly.