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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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I blanched two leafs of spinach for 30 seconds for the PFR, but it still doesn't sink. I didn't take my hand out of the tank yet, and there was one shrimp on the leaf already. Should I blanch it again so that it will sink, or is it fine floating?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 01:13 AM
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Do you have something you could weight it down with? Maybe a bit of substrate? Or a plant anchor?
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I take a piece of lava rock, or any rock, and use an elastic to hold the spinach down. They cleared that stone off in no time and even pulled out all the spinach under the elastic. It was bare by morning.


Just put it in


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I ended up making it so that one leaf is suspended under some java moss, and a second leaf is under a branch wisteria. When it floats up again, I'll use the substrate method.
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By the way, did you cut the stem off, or keep it with the leaf?
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I kept mine with the stem and they it all too. Saw two of them fighting over it like a tug of war. By the time I got my phone to get a pic, they were off somewhere with it.

2 leaves is a lot, you don't have that many shrimp yet do you? You got 20 off Igor right? That is 1 leaf in that pic and there is about 60-80+ shrimp that tank.

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squeeze the spinach a bit and it is more likely to sink

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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There's should be around 26. I'll remove one of them.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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Could I freeze the spinach, and defrost as I need them? Fresh is definitely better, but I don't want to be eating spinach every single day.
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I take my spinach and put it on a cookie sheet to make sure the leaves are dry, then I freeze them and put them in a freezer bag and keep doing that till the bag of spinach is frozen. Then when it's feeding time, I take 3 leaves, 1 for each tank and put them in a cup of water in the microwave for about 3 mins until they are soft, then blast with cold water, then I squeeze them and let the tap water drip off them, then into the tank.

Everyone has their own way, but I find freezing them on a cookie sheet and making sure they are dry, they stay as frozen leaves and not a big frozen mess with ice all through it. It's hard to get 1 leaf out of a frozen ball of ice and leaves, but with each leaf frozen first, they stay apart and it's easy to get a single leaf or even half a leave if I want a small bit for my ottos or snails or something.

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If you freeze it, you likely won't even need to blanch it before feeding.

Freezing breaks down the cell walls enough that it typically sinks for me and is ready to be devoured.
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freeze it then boil it in the microwave for 4 min, then straight into ice cold water. It will then sink no problem I had the same issue you did until I did this

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