USA BRED SHRIMP!
English name: Blue Bolt
Caridina cantonensis var. "Bolt"
Origin: Spontanious Mutation of cantonesis
Size male/female: 0.9 inch / 1.2 in
Water temperature: See Full Article
Water Parameters: See Full Article
Breeding Rate: Low
Blue Bolts can be bred to Black King Kongs, Wine Reds, other Panda, Shadow Pandas, Blue Bolt, Mischling, CRS, CBS shrimp, they can also probably mix with other Caridina cantonensis but the results of such mixing (Tigers and Bees ect.) is not readily available. How you breed your Panda shrimp really should depend on your line and the breeder you are dealing with. The tendency of Blue Bolt shrimp to be more hardy than other variants of Taiwan bees also means that they can be bred to other Pandas with a much higher chance of success.
Where to begin, there are many claims to successful breeding in a variety of water parameters. Instead of listing the highs and lows I would rather outline several of the more frequent or reliable claims. Generally most people do not recommend keeping them in smaller tanks, at least 25 gallons is often recommended, the reason for this is the more volume of water the easier it is to maintain constant water parameters.Independent of the claims of what water parameters are best all sources recommend that whatever they are they remain constant, larger amounts of water are easier to maintain at a constant value and natural changes tend to occur less rapidly in larger bodies of water. Another common suggestion is going a little overboard on the filtration: sponge filters, aeration, HoB, Canister filters, ect. Usually more than one is used sometimes all are recommended, no matter how you achieve it, your water should be very clean, almost drinkable clean.
Water has to be very soft for this caridinia species (low kH 1-3 and low GH 3-6).
Temperature has to be constant all year long - around 70 - 78 F (which is around 21 – 26 C). This tends to be “the” major problem in the summer time, so a cooling fan or chiller is needed to cool down your aquarium. A cooling fan set at a low power setting is sufficient enough to cool down a 20 gallon long tank as long as it is blowing on top of the water within the aquarium. Just make sure to top off the water that is being evaporated away from the fan. Higher grade CRS/Black Bee shrimp are super temperature sensitive. My line is notorious for throwing Blue Mosura! What an easy way to get some beautiful shrimp!
Do not feed these shrimps a high protein diet food. Around 30% to 35% (sometimes around 40%) is perfect. The food with lots of iron and minerals is the best as it helps to bring out their color. I tend to only use spinach once a week or once every other week. If spinach is used, please make sure the spinach is organic (no pesticides or insecticides whatsoever) and use only baby spinach leaves. This is very important because “normal” spinach that is sold out there have been sprayed with either/both of these chemicals, pesticides or insecticides. Just by using hand washing on the leaves under running tap water is not enough to remove it since these chemicals contains wax-like substances to make sure the chemicals stay on the leaves even when it rains. So to insure safety for your shrimps, try to stick with organic vegetables.
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