I got a box today from Soothing Shrimp, the most beautiful carbon rilli shrimp you've ever seen! Really bright color straight out of the bag, if they are stressed from shipping then I can't wait to see them in a week. I can't imagine they can look any better than this.
They are zooming around and happy today in their new home. I am pretty sure the females were in hiding, the males were skating the sides of the tank for a few hours so probably going to be at least one berried shrimp in there soon.
Color looks just as good as it did when they came out of the bag, middle area has brightened up a little to more of blue on some of them. Absolutely beautiful shrimp, couldn't ask for better.
I had a horrible Migraine on Monday, just now feeling decent enough to actually look at this white website - (so much prefer black background websites!) to do an update. Because of the migraine I didn't get pictures of the new shrimp. Will get pictures of them in their new homes tonight.
I got a package of Malawa, BVs and Wild Chocolate culls from Soothing Shrimp on Monday. All shrimp were happy and healthy when they got here. All showed really good color. Thinking about it, I am sure that the way he packages his shrimp lessens the stress on them, wrapping the bag in newspaper so it's dark and they can't see the inside of the box bouncing around them, moving all the time probably lessens the stress considerably.
The shrimp all had wonderful color. The Malawa were small but I will document and watch their color as they grow, I got 5 of them. The BVs were a super bright blue, best color i've seen without going to a brand new color BVs. The Wild chocolates were a nice dark color mixed with a few lighter ones, to be expected as they were culls to get me started. He very, very, very nicely included me a big fat berried beautiful dark brown momma shrimp. The BVs and the chocolate have their own tank and the Malawa went into the pumpkin tank. The pumpkin tank is so heavily planted, I probably won't see those 5 shrimp until they get much bigger.
The Pumpkin and chocolate tanks are beside my chair and are my "I feel like crap" tanks that I sit and stare at for hours on end. The Malawa will give another boost to something to look at in there as the pumpkin shrimp are fairly new as well, the 10 gallon won't be quite so boring right now hopefully. I spend more time actually seeing my purple mystery snails in that tank than anything. The chocolates went into the 5 gallon right below the pumpkins, they are on a white Activ-Flora substrate so very, very easy to see. They have retained their dark color on the bright white substrate, unlike cherries that wash out and lose color on the lighter color substrates.
Extremely pleased and thankful for the new additions! Carbon rilli's are doing beautifully as well, enjoying their new home.
Shrimp update! I have brand new tiny, tiny blue velvet babies swimming in the tank today. Hopefully they make it to adulthood. I used some old substrate when I started that tank with new substrate on top, came from a betta tank and had to treat for planaria about a week ago. Fighting a really nasty bout of depression this month so seeing brand new babies brightened my day a lot in this tank that has been a bit hard to get stable and happy.
The chocolate shrimp are extremely happy, I have 2 or 3 berried mommas in there and they are happy as can be on the white activ-flora substrate. I've been thinking about moving the chocolates into the 2 gallon jar and putting the carbon rilli's in this tank so I can see them better but still waffling on if I want to move the carbon rilli's, they are super, super happy in the 2 gallon (no-tech) jar but with the black substrate I cannot see them hardly at all, they are SOOOO dark that I have to literally stare for movement when I feed them. It's also very, very heavily planted - probably to heavily but hey, Is there such a thing? Not sure if the carbons would retain the dark, dark beautiful color on the white substrate because the white washed my cherries out something horribly. Weirdest thing I've ever seen, moved about 10 cherries to a different tank and they almost instantly turned back to dark red. Going to spend some time next week pulling out the white substrate from the cherry tank one piece at a time so that they will darken back up but the cherry tank has about a gazillion tiny, tiny baby shrimplets so not sure I want to really stir that tank up to badly.
The pumpkins I got from a plant trade from someone else are CRAZY. They came with 3 or 4 berried mommas as well as full grown happy, healthy shrimp. They are breeding so fast it's insane. I bet there are about 40 tiny, tiny babies as well as juvenile shrimp that were born 3 or 4 weeks ago. I can't wait for the Malawa to start breeding so I can spread them around to the other shrimp tanks as well.
I took some pictures and still need to download them to my computer, out of room on this site for more pictures so have to use a picture hosting site to get them on here, just has seemed like a really complicated process when I haven't been feeling very well. Will get to it soon. Just need to suck it up and find some extra spending money to support the site to be able to download more pictures, will ask the boyfriend after my prescriptions this month get filled I think.
Imgur.com is actually really easy for uploading pictures (you can literally drag & drop them from your desktop into your browser) and can also simply do albums.
The only tricky thing I ran across, is that you need to right click the picture once it's there and click "Copy Link Location" (or similar, depending on your browser) to link the picture directly into your posts.
If you need some assistance with it, feel free to PM me.
So far this is the only one out of the 5 I've been able to catch on camera. They are in a heavily, heavily planted 10 gallon and hard to see. I'm sure it won't be to much longer before they start giving the pumpkins a run for the population contest in there. They all seem to be doing fine and the one in this picture is actually a very, very interesting color. So excited to watch them grow and breed.