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Home-Grown Bloody Mary Neocaridina Shrimp

I have one very interesting shrimps in my chocolate shrimps tank. It’s a make and it doesn’t look like my other chocolate shrimps. It’s bright red shrimp :).
You might read about new red variation of neocaridina davidi (former heteropoda) shrimps before. These shrimps are super cool and they are called Bloody Mary. They color is different from cherry, fire reds and painted fire red shrimps. They are move bright or scarlet in color.
This one unique shrimps I have is Bloody Mary. This totally makes sense, because Bloody Mary shrimps were selectively bred from neocaridina chocolate shrimps. This is what I have. A rare mutation took place and I ended up with this amazing create.

Look at the close-up high-definition video with this red shrimp.

I’m posting one picture of this Bloody Mary shrimps below.

Neocaridina davidi var. 'bloody mary' male shrimp

Neocaridina davidi var. 'bloody mary' male shrimp

And here you can see it together with a sibling. These both shrimps were born in the same tank. Do you see the difference?

Neocaridina chocolate and  'bloody mary' shrimps

Neocaridina chocolate and 'bloody mary' shrimps

Look at a better picture of a chocolate shrimp here. It’s a female

Chocolate davidi shrimp

Chocolate davidi shrimp

I have made much more pictures of this red guy. I hope I will find time to post them soon.

Cardinal Tetra Fish Photos

I have a community fish tank, it’s my first aquarium and I still keep different fish in it.
A good school of cardinal tetras is a true beauty of this tank. Scientific name of these guys is Paracheirodon axelrodi.
Look at some of them on my close-up photos:

Huge Riccia Mat Challenges

Recently I have decided to clean my riccia mat from some soft green algae growing on it. As you might know, the best way to clean plants from algae is to put them into a tank where you keep a big and healthy colony of shrimps. Shrimps will not spend much time to eat every little piece of algae away. They will and eat dead parts of the leaves. Algae and decaying leaves are their natural food.
One of my 10g shrimp tank had a big riccia mat. You can see it surrounded with big ‘mini water lettuce’ floating plants.

Riccia mat takes almost all space in my 10g tank

Riccia mat takes almost all space in my 10g tank

That aquarium is old and no one is living there. This was a reason why algae started to grown; it was no shrimps to use it as a food :)
So, I moved this mat and put it into another tank where I keep lots of painted fire red shrimps. In 4 days the mat was perfectly clean and I decided to move it back. Here is a challenge came. It was lots of tiny shrimps that have chosen the riccia as their home. I did not want to lose my shrimplets and decided to wash the mat in a bucket of water. After that, I was going to catch shrimplets one by one and put them back in a tank. However, I was surprised by a quantity of little shrimps I found in a bucket once I remove the riccia mat. It was at least five dozens of little shrimps.
Anyway, catching tine shrimps is not a problem for me, since I have to do that every time I vacuum some of my tanks. As I said, it’s not a problem, but it’s still quite time-consuming exercise :)
After washing the mat at the first time, I replaced the water in a bucket and did that again. It was a next surprise, I still saw quite a lot of little shrimps in my water. It was hard to tell how they managed to hold in a riccia, but they were.
So, long story short, but I had to ‘wash’ my riccia four times and I think I caught about a hundred little shrimps that were initially hiding in the mat.

Look at some pictures of this riccia. The pictures are made from the top.

Riccia floating plant

Riccia floating plant

Riccia has tine leaves

Riccia has tine leaves

Bright green color makes riccia a perfect plant for aquascaping

Bright green color makes riccia a perfect plant for aquascaping

Riccia fluitans is a floating plant, top leaves are often come out of the water

Riccia fluitans is a floating plant, top leaves are often come out of the water

Riccia fluitans always needs a least a medium light

Riccia fluitans always needs a least a medium light

Blue velvet neocaridina shrimp babies

It was a big change in my personal live. We have got a new baby-girl and that was keeping my busy and away from my shrimps and, of course, from my blog. At the same time, my shrimp colonies are still alive. Not all of them thriving, but in general they are good.

I was exploring my tank with blue velvet shrimps today and was greatly surprised with lots of baby shrimps in a tank. These blue neocaridina guys were handing in a tank for about a year for now and it was no good breeding results.

These is one of the adult blue velvet neocaridina shrimps that I have in the tank.

Adult blue velvet neocaridina shrimp

Adult blue velvet neocaridina shrimp

Recently, I rearranged their aquarium a little. I have removed majority of old plants and especially floating one. They were blocking water current from the filter and produce too much waste by dropping dead leaves. The tank was almost clean for a month and I have been adding Mosura BT-9 bacteria regularly. I think I was the main support for baby-shrimps to survive. I was adding just a little bit of my plants ‘macro fertilization’ and this promoted some algae growth.

These blue velvet shrimps have interesting babies. They are quite different from cherry or any other neocaridina shrimps. The thing is that Blue velvet babies have distinct brown color. I have made some photos in a clear container to show that.

Baby blue velvet shrimps

Baby blue velvet shrimps

Baby blue velvet shrimps in a small clear container

Baby blue velvet shrimps in a small clear container

Baby blue velvet shrimps, look at the stripes

Baby blue velvet shrimps, look at the stripes

In a tank those little stripes are invisible, but brown coloration is quite noticeable.

Baby blue velvet shrimps, there is one bigger shrimp

Baby blue velvet shrimps, there is one bigger shrimp

Baby blue velvet shrimps

Baby blue velvet shrimps

Baby blue velvet shrimps, these guys are 1-2 weeks old

Baby blue velvet shrimps, these guys are 1-2 weeks old

At the age of month blue color replaced these brown/reddish stripes. Ok, thank you for reading. I have some funny blue shrimps with red spots on a face, I will try to make photos of some soon.

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