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Pinto shrimps are known for their intense colouration, a few different colour morphs have been formed but new ones are coming out steadily too.

PH: 5.6–6.8,

KH: 0–1,

GH: 4–6

TDS: 100–180

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Pinto shrimps are known for their intense colouration, a few different colour morphs have been formed but new ones are coming out steadily too.

 Breeding

All Pintos can be bred to other Pintos or Taiwan Bees inc. Black King Kongs, Wine Reds, 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) is not readily available. 

 Sexing

The Pinto shrimp can be difficult to sex until some time after sexual maturity is reached. It is impossible to identify a saddle on the females and even if a female is berried it can be difficult to spot the eggs at first glance. Once they are well into sexual maturity size and body shape can be used to identify the sexes as females will be a little larger and have a rounder undercarriage as is the case with most Caridina cantonensis species.

 Water Parameters

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. (Order is not meant to imply correctness)

Feeding

They tend to be picky eaters, but generally it is accepted that blanched spinach and high grade vegetarian shrimp feed is sufficient. A varied diet is a healthy diet. There are also some reports of the benefits of feeding freeze dried copepods as a dietary supplement because the high amounts of calcium and protein and the ease of digestion, this is particularly recommended for the very young. Feeding as with all shrimp should be done in moderation.

 

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Black Pinto

Black Pinto

Pinto shrimps are known for their intense colouration, a few different colour morphs have been formed but new ones are coming out steadily too.

PH: 5.6–6.8,

KH: 0–1,

GH: 4–6

TDS: 100–180

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