Had been culling shrimps from the fire red colony and realized that I sometimes have trouble deciding which is what, especially when I had to first determine the sex of the shrimp before I can grade it.
Searched online and found that the grading is too clear cut and there's no system for those "in-betweens".
Went to the LFSs and its even more confusing at times, although the overall trend is moving towards cheaper fire reds so the lower grades are not really featured as much.
Did some googling and put together some rough photos of what I "think" should be the grading IMHO. Some of the photos are mine and some from google image search. I take no credits for those that are not mine.
Please give your views and opinions
Mostly transparent with spots of light red. Legs are colorless. Males are almost totally colorless.
Mostly red except the lower body and legs, which are very spotted or striped. Males can range from colorless to cherry grade.
High Grade Sakura / Low Grade Fire Red
Almost entirely red, with only small cracks and holes in the carapace, lower body and legs. Intensity of the red may be poorer, giving a translucent or orange tint to the shell. Males can range from cherry to almost the same as the females.
Fire Red Grade
Entirely red, with no obvious cracks in the carapace and body. Legs should be entirely red as well. However, saddles and eggs are still visible through the shell under normal lighting conditions. Males can be Sakura to almost the same as females.
Came across some strange discussions during my search that there were 2 kinds of Fire Reds; Sakura Fire Reds and Taiwan Fire Reds.
The claim was that Sakura FR were darker red, had a pale stripe running down the back and the offsprings had very poor percentage of coming out Fire Red.
Taiwan FR on the other hand, were more bright red, is completely homogenous in color (no stripe) and only about 10% of the offsprings needed to be culled.
Anyone can enlighten on this? What kinds do we have? I see a mix of the striped and non-striped being sold together and I have a mix of the darker maroon colored as well as the brighter "ang pow" red FR in my tank.
Painted Fire Red Grade
Entirely red, with no obvious cracks in the carapace and body. Legs should be entirely red as well. Very solid and opaque shells, saddles and eggs only visible through the shell under back-lit conditions. Males can be Sakura to almost the same as females.
It is said that Painted FR are not really a separate stable line, but rather, just a cherry picking (pardon the pun) of the best Fire Reds from the colony. However, I do notice a difference in the quality of the offsprings.
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