Hi all. I'm a newbie. I'm keeping a 90 litre tank with cherry shrimp and daphnia together. I'm feeding them spirulina and commercial shrimp food.
Does anyone know what else I should be feeding them? Anyone else have this mix of tankmates?
Thanks to the guys at Shrimp Love Mulberry i recently received a pack of the new Mulberry based shrimp food.
The pack contained 4 syringes of mulberry shrimp food and an instruction card for storage and feeding. Nothing to complicated there, just store the syringe you are using in the fridge and the spare ones in the freezer. Great being able to freeze the syringe and all as you know it is not going to go off so you can order enough for 6 months or more and that will save on shipping costs.
So like with any new aquarium product i headed straight to the shrimp tank to give it a go. My thinking at the time was that the product would be a bit like Repashy but softer so it could be easily syringed. My tank has a good flow in it so it is always a bit hit and miss dropping food from the surface to the feeding bowl, like wafers or crack, but i'm getting pretty good at hitting the mark. I held the syringe at about the right point to get the bowl and gave it a little squeeze. This is not how you do it...Lol
The product came out in a nice tube about 2-3mm wide, like a soft bit of crack, and then hit the flow of water. It then turned into a snow of mulberry goodness as it fell through the water column and was evenly distributed throughout the entire tank. This is not a problem for giving the shrimp a general feed, providing you dont over feed, but there was now no way i could see if the shrimp were attracted to it specifically so i could give it a subjective review. The shrimp got excited as they knew there was food somewhere in the tank but i think it took 10sec for every shrimp in the tank to find some of it and settle down for a munch.
A few days later it went a lot better.
Getting the hands wet i put a bit into the feeding bowl and sat back with the camera ready. My display tank has a mix of RCS, Native WA Glassies and a few Pygmy Cories. I have found that the Palamonties Australis are more of a carnivore than RCS and will rather eat live black worms than actual shrimp food. Fortunately, or unfortunately for a review, the much larger glass shrimp got into the food bowl first and the RCS were kept at bay until it had it's fill. I had put in about enough food for a normal 3-4 day feed and it was gone in about 2 hours. My normal harder food last about 6-8 hours for the same amount.
Future feeds will be done from the surface again as i dont over feed and the distribution in the tank ensures all the shrimp, even the new ones, dont get muscled out.
Hello, just wanted to show another food source I grow for my shrimp and snails.
Just how it looks, a plastic tub filled that gets lots of direct sun, I usually fill it with old water from my planted tanks to help the process.
Its a bit full ATM lol but there's a second tub underneath for extra strength.
I just grab a small pinch and put it straight in my shrimp tanks, they all go nuts for it.
Alternatively you could remove excess water then dehydrate it on baking paper to make a dry feed.
An hour or 2 later:
I picked up a packet of Hikari Crab Cuisine at the LFS and then noticed it contains copper sulfate. I was thinking of feeding some to my neocaridina davidi var. orange until I noticed the copper sulfate in the ingredients. Plus, I realize now Hikari also makes shrimp cuisine but I believe it also contains copper sulfate. The only thing the shrimpettes have ever been fed is biofilm and Marineland Color Enhancing Flakes which supposedly does not contain copper according to the company. Am I taking chances feeding the Hikari Crab Cuisine to them? Or, is this the type of copper that is actually good for them in small amounts?
Hello, so I was going to put this in diy but figured anyone can make food so its not really a diy, the more important aspect I guess I want to share or discuss is the nutrition side of things.
Heres my diy shrimp/ fish food,
Especially great for getting meds into your beloved critters.
I in no way copied instructions on how to do this so I'm taking aaaaalll the creds lol. "Narcasist"
What you'll need: (buy organic where possible but doesn't really matter)
A blender(or preferably stick blender)
An oven and fan(preferably a dehydrator if you or nana has one)
Garlic (preferably fresh-not minced)
Nori Seaweed sheets for sushi
dry yeast(preferably nutritional yeast)
Soybean husk(shrimp snow)
Boiled sweet potatoe
First blend up all your dry ingedients one by one into a course power.
Then blend your garlic with a little bit of water, before adding it to your dry ingedients.
Mix everything together well and add enough water to reach a "wet toothepaste" consistancy.
Keep track of the quantities you've added and write them down for next time.
Preheat your oven to about 160c and place a large room fan in front of you oven with the door open just slightly, your oven is now a ghetto dyhydrator lol
Spread your mix out on a sheet of baking paper. Place another sheet on top and use a rolling pin to flatten it right out.
The thinner you make it the faster and better it dries- this needs to be fully 100 percent "cracker" dry as it is high in protein and will foul very fast if not dried properly- drying temps we use come close to pasteurisation temps so it is actually quite a sterile way to make clean food that won't go bad fast.
Once it's dry enough- (You will be able to easily peel away the top sheet of baking paper without much sticking.) Start breaking it up into smaller pieces so it dries more efficiently.
When it's fully "cracker dry" and crumbles between your fingers it's done, this takes only 1-2 hours and can be done without having to check it if you use a proper dehydrator. (Great investment if you plant to do this often.)
Store in air type bags to reduce moisture and oxygen exposure.
First introduction to my RCS: (the tanks a mess right now "shame"
10min later.... gone. Haha they showed massive interest so have all my Bettas.
Hope you guys like it.