The Planted Tank Forum banner
1 - 14 of 14 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,176 Posts
Some males are almost colorless and some have quite a lot of red speckles and stripes, but none of them are as brite and fully colored as the females.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,930 Posts
Well, she's kinda small.. so I think she's not mature yet.
I've had that. One of the females from my first batch of eggs really looked like a full grown male when she was carrying. Sadly she dropped her eggs but is now a bright red.

It seems they are like humans. Some color up fast (like humans growing fast), others color up slowly.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
what environmental factors are known to affect the Cherries' color?

I have a population where the males have almost no hint of red.
The glass tank has some plants but no substrate. There is an air stone creating moderate to very strong current. And the temperature is quite warm (mid 80's at least) in the daytime. Natural sunlight (dampened, not direct) is also the sole light source.

It's actually a friend's setup, not mine. I supplied the shrimp, which were red. I advised him that it was probably the high temperature that caused them to all but lose their color. Could be too much circulation as well? They are breeding though. And the young have grown extremely quickly in those temperatures.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
290 Posts
I believe ph can possibly affect color. I put some cherries into a tank with AS and they are all bright red, whereas the ones in my other tank with SMS are somewhat red to dull.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,176 Posts
I have also seen them get less colorful when the PH was lower in the tank (down to almost 6.4). I am not sure about the temperature, but I am thinking it may also have soemthing to do with it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
670 Posts
I believe it has to do with food supply also- the more variety I started to give my shrimp the brighter they became... when I anly fed them shrimp pellets and algae almost all were very blah. now that they get algae wafers, squash, fishfood, spinich, crab bites, spirulina, brine shrimp(FRZN) female have turned a bright red:flick: guess they needed more variety.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Interesting observations... I'm gonna have to take some of those bland shrimp and test them out on some different water chemistries, temperature, and diets too! I don't think they really like how strong the aerator is going either.

I never really thought about diet because the tank is teeming with moina and other little things with lots of algae growth. In fact, the shrimp mostly ignore pellets and fish food in favor of grazing on what's already there.
 
1 - 14 of 14 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top