Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: In an aquarium nearby
What I observed with mine is that breeding, as the saddle will remain there if there is no actual "copulation", can be induced with high protein food. Try once or twice in a week to give them some frozen food like brine shrimp or frozen bloodworms. Be weary on doing that if your filtration is not proper sized as high protein food means high ammonia when it decomposes and your could end up hurting your shrimp.
Also, homemade food can be easy to make if you have some key ingredients. Any veggie can be served if your can turn it into a fine powder and make it into a jello.
Mustard flour, hemp flour, yeast, stinging nettle tea, spinach, spirulina, krill, gammarus. All can be mixed and bound with honey or vegan gelatin.
Most of the raw ingredients good for shrimp can be found at your local pet-shop but in another section, dedicated to rodents. Barley pellets, peas, beet, dried leaves treats for bunnies, mineral stones for birds. These raw materials provide to rodents and birds the same ingredients crustaceans need to build their shell.
Of course, commercial shrimp food is better as it contains the right ratios of ingredients. But if you don't have any available to you, homemade can be better than plain fish food anytime.