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    Hi everyone,

    I am new here! I purchased some Blue Bolts a few months ago from my LFS. They had a very vibrant and deep blue to them.
    However, the as time went on, their blue hue seems to be fading away more and more. Now they barely have any blue to them. Their bodies show a bit of Blue/Green but it looks very very faded.
    The Blue Bolt also crossed with a normal Taiwan Bee Female that I had and some of the babies also appear to be Blue Bolts initially and now they also just seem like it is white colour with a hint of green or blue hue to them but very slight as well.

    My water parameter:

    PH: 5.9
    GH: 5
    TDS: 245 (I know it is slightly high)
    Temp: 22C

    I feed them with mix of the following food
    Aquarist G-10 for Juvenile
    Shirakura Vivid
    Shrimp

    I was hoping perhaps you could shed some light to how I could try to get the blue colours to come out again on both the juveniles and the adults.
    Other bees and BKKs do not have any fading issues, just the blue bolts.

    Thanks in advance for you guys' help! It is much appreciated!

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    I am not very familiar with this type of shrimp but what color and what are you using for your substrate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnnice View Post
    I am not very familiar with this type of shrimp but what color and what are you using for your substrate?
    Hello mnnice,

    Thanks for your help in advance!

    My substrate is dark grey (close to black). I am using Yokohama Perfect Sand Substrate! I believe my LFS was using that too as I purchase my substrate from him as well during my set-up.

    I have attached some photos of my shrimps.

    In there you can see some CBS, Golden Bee, Pandas, and my blue bolts that seemingly has lost blue colour but shows a light greenish and blue hue on them.

    I tried to take a photo of the suspected blue bolt and a golden bee to show the slight blue/green hue where as the golden bee doesn't.

    IMG_5365.jpgIMG_5367.jpgIMG_5369.jpgIMG_5370.jpgIMG_5373.jpgIMG_5374.jpg

    Here a photo of the Blue Bolt which I purchased originally:

    IMG_5378.jpg

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    I was going to say if you use too light of a substrate that would wash out the color. I am wondering maybe if it is sick or overly stressed. Maybe the PH is a touch too low? I am sure someone will chime in with more knowledge than I. I am just taking shots in the dark on possible problems.

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    i would say ph is perfect for taiwan bees gh is fine to what about kh.
    here a link http://shrimpkeeping.com/?attachment_id=97

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    Quote Originally Posted by monjak2444 View Post
    i would say ph is perfect for taiwan bees gh is fine to what about kh.
    here a link http://shrimpkeeping.com/?attachment_id=97
    monjak2444, I've checked and kH is 0.

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    kh is good to thats weird are you sure its a bluebolt because to me they looks like snowwhites,if it is a bluebolt u need to pare it whit a king kong to get some of the blue color back in the bb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monjak2444 View Post
    kh is good to thats weird are you sure its a bluebolt because to me they looks like snowwhites,if it is a bluebolt u need to pare it whit a king kong to get some of the blue color back in the bb.
    The last photo i posted is surely a Blue Bolt as it had had all the blue colour when I first bought it. It just slowly diminished into the form as shown in the photo. So I was just wondering how it came diminish so fast. The small ones are from are BB crossed with a non pure red CRS as other off springs from the same batch had some snowwhites/golden bee and CBS along with the suspected BBs. Some of the small BBs actually has a realyl dark colour crown to them too like Black colour so it is surely not a snowwhite/golden. Which is why I am really puzzled!

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    u need to breed kk x bluebolt to get som nive color back in your bb.
    maybe u got bb mosura that could be nice.

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    Here are more photos.

    The shrimplets when they were just released for a few days seems to me like they are BBs.
    You can also see one of the blue bolt's colour when I first taken them home. They had a very nice blue. But now.. it is all gone.

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