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Shrimp feeding schedule?

Hi all, I have started my first shrimp tank and I am trying to get a good breeding colony of fire red RCS going I have had them for about a month now. I have already had one batch of shrimplets born and I have one shrimp berried at the moment! How often should I feed them? I definitely don't want to deprive them of food, but, I also have an issue with several types of snails in my tank and I don't want to help them out. The tank is 10 gallons, with ~10 adults and about 20 (hopefully more soon) shrimplets.
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My schedule for my shrimp in my 15G is Mon, Wed, Fri. For my 3G nano, it's Tue, Thurs, Sat.

I would recommend putting their food in a dish of some sorts so you can pull it out later that day. Also, only put a little bit of food and leave it in the tank for 2-4 hours, then pull it out.

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I see. What kind of "dish" would you recommend? Something like a jar lid?
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I'm not sure about a jar lid... it should be stainless steel if you are going to be putting into an aquarium for a few hours, otherwise it could rust and not be good. Even something like a shot glass would probably work out as well

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If you like aesthetics than buy a petri dish. Many people on this forum have some for sale.


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If you like aesthetics than buy a petri dish. Many people on this forum have some for sale.
That too... I got mine from h4n... hit him up!

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man..mine shrimp are always full...they pretty much have food 24/7.

I add almond leave in there and with the amount of moss...they are always full...

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If you google around, you can find small Pyrex dishes for a couple bucks.

My favorite feeding dish lately is a small, unglazed terracotta tray (for a small flower pot). Perfect for smearing on Repashy products, as well.

In my tanks with hundreds of shrimp, I feed every other day and always have almond leaves and other litter in the tanks. In tanks with just 20-30 shrimp, I feed a few times per week.
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If you google around, you can find small Pyrex dishes for a couple bucks.

My favorite feeding dish lately is a small, unglazed terracotta tray (for a small flower pot). Perfect for smearing on Repashy products, as well.

In my tanks with hundreds of shrimp, I feed every other day and always have almond leaves and other litter in the tanks. In tanks with just 20-30 shrimp, I feed a few times per week.
+1 to all that. I use the clay dishes and feed my PFR's with a few hundred in there every other day and my CRS, usually the same feeding pattern but very little. 1/8th of an algae wafer or 2 bloodworms or something small.

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jw but what do the almond leaves do?
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jw but what do the almond leaves do?
pretty a good source of food for my shrimp and does many benefits

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Question, most specialized shrimp food are hard solid. How is it possible for shrimps to chow down all the food in 2-4 hours frame? I left my food overnight (8hrs) and some shrimps still munch on it in the morning when I wake up.

Maybe it's better to soak the hard solid pellet in a cup of water before adding to the tank? So shrimps can easily eat it. Anyone ever done this?

I asked this because my parents thought me never throw food away, I guess I'm passing it down to my shrimps. (I do use the glass dish so won't be problem for littering)
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The food tends to get soft really fast. While overall it may look like a solid piece to you, they are pulling tiny particles of food off of it. I never take food out, and I constantly rotate which foods I am feeding them. Generally they are fed every other day, and typically within 5 hours, (with the help of a pygmy cory) all of their food is gone. No one ever seems to get left out though.

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Really depends on the food. Some are designed to hold up for an extended period without fouling water and some aren't.

For instance, Repashy will hold up for a long time. One of the foods I sell is designed to hold up for a long time without breaking down. But some things like generic algae wafers and even another food that I sell begin to break down immediately.

With those that break down quickly, I tend to feed them in tiny amounts. If they're devoured quickly, I add more.

After a couple feedings, you'll generally have a sense of how much your critters will eat of a particular food and you'll know what to feed from there on out without having to leave things in for a long time.

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Question, most specialized shrimp food are hard solid. How is it possible for shrimps to chow down all the food in 2-4 hours frame? I left my food overnight (8hrs) and some shrimps still munch on it in the morning when I wake up.

Maybe it's better to soak the hard solid pellet in a cup of water before adding to the tank? So shrimps can easily eat it. Anyone ever done this?

I asked this because my parents thought me never throw food away, I guess I'm passing it down to my shrimps. (I do use the glass dish so won't be problem for littering)
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