Edited by davidjh2, 02 November 2011 - 06:36 PM.
Color morph or caused by diet? Not sure
Posted 02 November 2011 - 06:17 PM
Posted 02 November 2011 - 07:44 PM
Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:32 AM
Edited by rick, 03 November 2011 - 09:33 AM.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:29 AM
The color is a genetic trait, but it is induced by food and living conditions. Feeding mostly veggie based foods seems to bring out the blue, but not all of the crays exhibit this. Not even ones bred from blue parents. Each brood produces one or two with strong blue, but even that seems to be limited. I suspect part of my proble[m] was snails. The crays would grab them and eat them. The meat would kill the color.
Here is a range of colors any give blue may cycle through:
Question: Redgoalie asked, "So, only the mottled ones go into the blue phases, right? So the striped will always stay somewhere in the brownish range, correct?"
Answer: Badflash replied, "I can't say for sure that the striped phase can go blue, but I know all the ones I've seen that are blue are mottled, not striped. These were bred for many many generations selecting the bluest looking males and the darkest females."
Edit: I'm sure you already knew about that person, though, now that I look at it, because you started a topic on that very same forum. Oh well, I am unable to delete this post, so... *shrugs* Maybe the algae wafers (low meat diet) brought out his inherent blue coloration. It's not like he's been eating snails, with his front claws missing.
Edited by EricaWieser, 03 November 2011 - 11:35 AM.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 12:01 PM
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