any input appreciated
I have been trailing this product for about 8 months now:
Ingredients: Lactic acid bacteria, crustaceans calcium, reduced maltose, mulberry powder, yeast
I cannot argue with the fact that it increases my berried ratio among females after feeding. I sceptically attributed it to the protein component only initially, but trialling one tank on protein- high Ebita Breed Hinomaro bentou and another tank on B18, I still find B18 has a more pronounced effect on fertility.
Whether it is potentially the Lactic Acid Bacteria strain used, the highly absorbable form of calcium used, the digestability of the yeast protein or a combination of all above, it appears to work.
Dosage: Once a week, small amount.
- very little is used, so it lasts a long time as it is very concentrated.
- the shrimp are attracted to the food supplement when put in the tank.
- it completely breaks apart into a fine particle mush so that all shrimp can have a bite of the small portion dosed
- it indeed does increase berried rate
- not available for purchase in Australia yet. Available in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong.
- possible water contamination potential if too much is dosed in nano tank.
????/5 Shrimp Tails
The pump flow jets into the corner of the tank and bounces the flow back out across the semi-circle of pebbles which provide "hang-on" spots for the shrimp. Not surprisingly this was set up to also give maximum viewing potential for me :D
Feeding (infrequently) a mix of Sera micron powder, brine shrimp nauplii, and milk paramecium that I culture as fry food (I strain out the big ones on 50µm mesh).
I also drop bits of mulberry leaf into the tank every now and then.
I've found reproduction to be very seasonal. In the 18 months I've had them this is only the second time I've had berried females - last time was last summer.
By Paul Minett
Since the warmer weather the riffles are in gear and starting to breed.