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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-27-2013, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Breeding Royal Blues

I want to try my hand at starting a colony of Orange Eye Royal Blue's.

Has anyone had success starting a colony with just a few say a pair or even 4 or 5 shrimp?

Only thing is since they're still on the "newer" side the price is still high so the ones I was looking to buy run about $18 per shrimp.

I figured it be slower start but I'm in no rush as long as it's possible I can build it up slow.

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I bought 7 in may and lost 2 right away. Ended up with 3 males and 2 females. Both females berried smaller than any shrimp I have seen. Moved them from CT to CA while still berried. Both held their babies through the trip. One released after a week and the other a week later. I now have 30-40 babies, not bad for them going into a brand new tank. That being said almost 3 months later neither female has reberried. I have found them to be extremely sensitive if things are not absolutely spot on. You can see pretty quickly if things are not to their liking. That is the problem only buying a few, if you lose one there is no chance for breeding. Also there would probably be no guarantee you will get a male and a female as most people sell before they can be sexed. You also have a very narrow gene pool with only a few shrimp which with in a few generations will become weak from inbreeding. I was able to breed oebt like cockroaches and have struggled to get breeding with these since the move, they are not a beginner shrimp by any means.
I would wait till you have the funds to buy 10 or more if i was you. Think you would have the best chance for survivors and and a good male tp female ratio. There is a reason very few people are successfully keepimg these shrimp in america and years later prices really have not gone down much.
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Haven't had royal blues, but I do believe (in theory) you can start a whole colony with just a single pair of shrimp, but the biggest problem with not enough shrimp is not even hard to breed, it's the genetic degradation that will start to kick in before you notice it.

Lexinverts here sell young ones for $15, you may want to check him out
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=470978

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Anion, it makes logical sense what you said, doesn't it?

Shrimp are different from mammals though, and scientific studies have shown that problems from genetic degradation won't happen for several years. So no worries there.

I have to agree with Forumsnow though. In a perfect world, 2 would be all that's necessary. However since as humans we are imperfect (as well as water params may be imperfect at times), it would be wiser to buy a good number to begin with in case of accidental deaths.


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Anion, it makes logical sense what you said, doesn't it?

Shrimp are different from mammals though, and scientific studies have shown that problems from genetic degradation won't happen for several years. So no worries there.

I have to agree with Forumsnow though. In a perfect world, 2 would be all that's necessary. However since as humans we are imperfect (as well as water params may be imperfect at times), it would be wiser to buy a good number to begin with in case of accidental deaths.
I concur, either way it's a good idea to buy a nice amount to start a colony ^^

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Yeah I figured that would be the answer with such unique shrimp. Just that rich blue looks so nice.
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