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Sharing some fun combos I've found so far in my new shrimp breeding.  I mistakenly used an outdated neo family tree and put Blue Dreams and Blue Velvets together.  Whoops.  They've thrown some fun ones though.  Many are like the middle image - solid or translucent reddish brown.  But I have one blackish/brown with a light brown stripe down its back - left/first image. And I have one that I'm calling a bloody rili.  It seems to have highly dense bloody mary (but almost purple) coloring as a rili.  I hope to get you better pictures at some point.  🙂

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11 hours ago, Patrick_G said:

I bought a couple of berried Orange from a local shop’s mixed tank. Not unexpectedly I now have a bunch of browns, but surprisingly they also made some that look like the Deep Blues. 

Right!? Some of the wild ones are really pretty, but I think most are just a brown color.  I suppose I'll find out. I certainly learned it matters where you get them.  

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I s'pose I ought to share my set up.  My habit...err hobby started with a 20gal tank prior to learning about decent substrate and plants.  I added Fluval substrate and lots of plants.  Hornwort is my most prolific plant that seems to be the best hiding area.  I like java moss a lot, but the hornwort grows the best. 3x5gal for my BloodyMarys, BlueVelvets when I know which ones they are, and YellowNeons.  And a 10gal cull tank. 

Substrate: Fluval or EcoComplete

Filters: HOBs and/or AquariumCoop sponge filters


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Moving day.  Moving out some culls and seeing if I can figure out some who might be a Blue Dream and who might be a Blue Velvet.  If anyone has a good way to tell the difference, I'm all ears.  I figure I'll just have to put some together in a breeding tank and see what happens.

Anyway, couple pics of some little ones I'm sorting out.  I really like the spotted blue one.  I think it my be my overall favorite, even though it's probably a mutt.  Also, mama bloody mary is SOO close for her critters to hatch.  I'm hoping to catch it.  If so, I'll post the video.  🙂

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I may have done the same thing.  my first batch of 7 (5 after the tank move) were all female and a month or two later i bought a dozen more from a different local breeder.  They're all dark blue so i don't know if they're dreams or velvets, but  I just found my first babies last night and today I saw a tiny bright red one zip by and then hide.  Still the majority I've spotted have been pretty dark blue.


In my dream scenario you could cull just browns and keep getting interesting mixes like light dark red, blue, rili, spotted.  that would be so fun, but I hear you just get more and more brown without culling for one specific color.

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I mixed some red rilis and carbon rilis once, ended up with a couple specimens that had black AND red stripes AND the clear bars! They were awesome.

Then my baby betta stopped being a baby and ate them all 😞

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