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  1. I wanted to take a look at a few commonly available shrimp foods just to try to understand a bit better myself about what the ingredients are, what it means for my shrimp colony, and just try to opt for something that makes sense for a breeding colony setup. I don't think it is too critical to know which food is which, but I will attach the ingredients for 4 foods available. Food #1 Food #2: Food #3: Food #4: Food #5: Food #6: For the sake of clarity, I have used 3 of these foods. I plan to use the 4th, but I simply don't have it in hand yet. The goal is not to have my thoughts here on which is best, but to simply try to understand what makes sense for shrimp and their food behavior. First note we have here is that you're almost always going to have a "food blend" and a "vitamin and mineral blend". Sometimes this is listed together, but sometimes it isn't. I will also note that just about every shrimp based line of food will likely have a color enhancer, mineral, baby, and/or probiotic version of their foods. Everything above is intended for daily feeding of your shrimp colony and is marketed as a complete food with all necessary nutrients. A few things I want to see in a complete shrimp food: -Source of protein (necessary for proper development) -Source of algae (necessary for proper diet) -Source of calcium and other minerals (necessary for shell development) -Added vitamins or probiotics, especially for young shrimp (for overall health and immune system support) I was recently watching a video and it did discuss a food product for the hobby. I will try to find it and add it here, but it was an inspiration for me for this look at the food options I have for my shrimp. What was interesting to me was to see the names on the ingredients labels compared to what that actually means to us in common language. Examples: Beta-glucans: Prebiotics (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta-glucan) Thiamine: Vitamin B1 Riboflavin: Vitamin B2 Niacin: Vitamin B3 Biotin: Vitamin B7 Folic Acid: Vitamin B9 Astaxanthin: Specifically tied to shrimp coloration development In terms of research papers for shrimp diets, I have done a little bit of research and will attach notes below. Leaf-litter preferences of the introduced freshwater shrimps Atyaephyra desmarestii and Neocaridina davidi https://brill.com/view/journals/cr/90/14/article-p1715_3.xml "Alder and Italian poplar were preferred over goat willow and pedunculate oak. This experiment allowed us to follow food preferences over a period of 24 h, and therefore long-term activity patterns. During the early night-time hours, the shrimp significantly selected alder and Italian poplar leaves." "Our observations of both shrimp species in their natural habitat and under laboratory conditions confirmed their preference for the leaf-litter originating from trees growing near the shoreline and their use of this allochthonous matter as a fundamental food source (Schoolmann et al., 2015)." "On the other hand, the shrimps of our experiments continued grazing on leaves after the consumption of biofilms, suggesting that leaf tissue can be an important food source for these organisms." Influence of the ornamental red cherry shrimp Neocaridina davidi (Bouvier, 1904) on freshwater meiofaunal assemblages https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0075951116300354
  2. Happy Tuesday Nerms! I'm suddenly and unexpectedly finding myself with a bunch of shrimplets so I did some late night research and kind of impulse purchased (as we do) BacterAE for them. My understanding is that it's not necessarily for beginners, which I very much am. 🤦 So, my amazing advanced aquarists, give me a crash course in the stuff. Dos, don'ts, dosing amount, frequency, best way to administer, feeding schedule combined with other foods ... It's a year old 5 gallon very heavily planted tank with nine Neos, a few bladder and ramshorn snails and what seems like quite a few shrimplets. For the adults, current feeding schedule is a very small amount of a mix of Dennerle Shrimp King Color and Hikari Algae Wafers every two to three days. Hikari Shrimp Cuisine is also on the way. Also thinking of getting Shrimp King Complete but don't know if that's overkill?
  3. Howdy fellow Nerms! I have feed a lot of types of food to fish to my shrimp but I have discovered a new food that causes a stampede. This is fresh repashy - morning wood. See these pictures. I was using shrimp sticks from extreme very popular with the shrimp but a little debris pops off during eating. This isn’t a problem with the fresh morning wood. Any other thoughts on the subject of shrimp food? Many thanks, tedrock
  4. I recently started this 10 gallon cherry shrimp tank back in October 2020. I was following the dosing instructions on the fertilizer bottle and getting a TON of algae growth. I taped up the lights to reduce lighting a bit and stopped dosing fertilizer for a few weeks and did hydrogen peroxide dips on a few of the badly effected plants. Most of the algae was gone but not all so I figured to add my 2 Otocinclus to the tank to fix up and maintain the remaining algae since they're considered shrimp safe. They appear to be shrimp safe as the shrimp don't appear bothered at all, especially because one comes to feed on the shrimp king complete food just about every time I feed them. I also added an algae wafer today and only shrimp are on it but the oto is on the shrimp food. Anyone else have any experience with this? Both Otocinclus seem more relaxed than they ever were in my 20 gallon with neons, a single guppy, and betta. The shrimp are breeding like crazy and by the end of the day there's no food left. I'm thinking this is a great arrangement but I want to make sure there's nothing too weird about it.
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