Culling mixed neocaridina shrimp

gksch

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Hi,

I have a tank with mixed neocaridina shrimp. I know most people don’t like when they are mixed, but for me it’s not about breeding them, it’s about having several different colors in the same tank, I find that so much fun. I have seen though that several of the babies are brown or clear, while some are colored.
My question is, do you cull the brown ones in a mixed shrimp tank or you leave them to reproduce still?
I went ahead today and captured several of the brown ones, but I know that they will continue to show up.
Also, any better way to capture them? The net is not the fastest way!

Thank you all!
 

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Brown is the wild type and after a few generations you will have mostly brown shrimp - with only the occasional coloured ones. Your choice what to do about it. When I want to catch some I siphon them into a bucket or a net. Much easier than chasing them with a net.
 
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Yeah, I’m catching them. I just made a trap with a 5mL acrylic tube. I made two small holes in it and placed a pellet inside. They are all trying to get in. I made the holes quite small so the adults won’t be trapped. I think this will be much easier than a net! I’ll just start culling them as I go.
 
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