Advertisement So I want to confirm a few things. 1. I heard that they get more red when they get older. Is this something that still remains true or are there different color variants? I've been pretty conflicted in this topic because I came across a thread here that was discussing it for about 4 pages about color variants. I've seen one that had very beautiful, big red bands and those that were almost black with some red highlights. I wanted the ones with the big red bands, definitely. 2. One seller that is offering told me that they die a few weeks or month or two after laying eggs or mating (so both the female and males). Is this true? I'm a bit confused in this because I thought they had a longer lifespan of 2-2.5 years and could reach 5.5". But based on that info, how will they ever get to that age or that size if they die soon after mating/reproducing? To me, this news is pretty disappointing since they reach sexual maturity at 6 months. And I think the seller was the only one that mentioned this, imo, very crucial information that I wish I knew sooner. In other words, in a container mixed with males and females, wouldn't they only manage to live for about a year or less?