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    Quote Originally Posted by silane View Post
    Such physically deformed shrimp will not have long live. I am not sure in the west, but here in East, quite of number of people is working on getting back the proper shape of Taiwan Bee to give them better life span.
    It is a relief to hear that, Silane. It is good to hear that the East is showing responsibility with these shrimp.

    What are your views on the Hannover Shrimp Championship and this result? And what do you mean about Rili shrimp, do Germans not regard it a worthwhile strain?

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    I still feel disappointed that genetic defects are NOT discussed in the shrimp keeper communities. I have seen tons of pictures in forums and on Facebook, thus most keepers seem to be happy having offspring at all - and the responsibility for genetic healthiness is neglected. It is nowadays rare that people reject offspring and relinquish selling deformed offspring. Very sad, if you ask me... Most bucketheads I have seen in Blue Bolt / Red Bolt, btw.

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    is it common to see defects in shrimp in general ?

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    Hello!
    My experience is, that the growth of Taiwan Bees is much slower. The mixers of the same datebirth are at least twice as big. I did not notice other deformities yet.

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    susanna

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    Hi Scorpio,

    I dont think anyone in the east is purposely making balloon Taiwan bee shrimp. But often illy suitable water parameter/quality and food result in that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silane View Post
    Hi Scorpio,

    I dont think anyone in the east is purposely making balloon Taiwan bee shrimp. But often illy suitable water parameter/quality and food result in that.
    I think the main problem is that people are accepting the balloon-head and receded-carapace deformities as normal for these shrimp, whereas the Taiwan Bee strain should be strengthened genetically to prevent these problems.

    I just hope people don't start selecting FOR these deformities, as you said.
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