I recently had the pleasure of getting my feet wet with neos (yellow, chocolate and blue velvet) by making a trade with Soothing Shrimp. At any rate, I've had my shrimp (about 20 or so) in my 2 gallon Fluval Spec since Monday, and I have a few general questions:
1. How often should I feed my shrimp? Soothing Shrimp gave me a sample of Jake's veggie sticks and instructed me to feed one pellet per 10 shrimp every other day? Despite having 20 shrimp in my tank, I've only been dropping in one pellet every other day because not all the shrimp are adult sized. I'm wondering if I should feed only a couple of times a week so as not to pollute the water.
2. Based on whatever feeding schedule is recommended, how often and in what quantities should I be doing water changes? I've done one 20% water change so far and will probably do another one tonight. I know that w/c schedules can vary, so please try to tie it to your recommended feeding schedule.
3. For those of you who are using the stock filter on the Fluval Spec, you know that it is pretty strong for the size of the tank, which is probably a good thing for the shrimp. However, are any of you able put floaters in your tank? Duckweed won't work, but I'm wondering if any of you have had success with larger floaters like frogbit. Perhaps, I might even need to go bigger with dwarf water lettuce. I'd feel more comfortable about my water parameters if my tank had more than just moss, anubias and jungle val to suck up nitrates.
If anyone has any other tips or pointers in terms of keeping shrimp in really small tanks, then I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your help.