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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-20-2013, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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For those using one, aside from the bigger pieces that could just be placed in it, how are people getting the smaller food to go into the dish? Might be a dumb question on my part...
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I've seen people use hollow tubes such as a straw or small pipe and put the food through the tube to the dish.

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Bingo! I have a 2 foot piece of 1/2 PVC. Just place one end in the dish drop the food down the pipe and the food is in the dish. Before I did that I had an infestation of copepods. That's okay though, I feed them to my fry in other tanks.
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That's how I do it. There was a German guy on here, who posted a nice video of his way. You can also go look for that.
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Thanks. I had thought of using pvc, but wasn't sure how well it would work or if I was perhaps missing something more obvious. Much appreciated.

Any suggestions on diameter and height for the dish?
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Two options:

I found the higher walled ones a little more useful as the chance for the food to get out of the dish (either due to shrimp movement or them stealing it) is a little lower.

The lower walled ones might make it easier for the shrimp to find the food. Contact H4N!
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thanks. will do.
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I just use tweezers...
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I use tweezers as well. My current isn't too strong in the tank so when I drop it, it generally drops down.
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I use tweezers as well. I'll be attempting the PVC method though. It looks easier, at least.

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What I do is put a little water in the dish and then put the food in until it doesn't float in the water. I then put my finger over the food as I lower it into my tank. I'm going to have to try this PVC trick. Seems a lot easier than what I do currently

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I have the dish permanently sitting in the substrate. I use the pipe to drop the food in and then I suck it out with a hose when feeding time is over. I found the high-walled dishes to be useful for that purpose and since it's sitting flush to the substrate the shrimp find the food.
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Wow great ideas. I drop the food in and try to bank it off my banana plant leaves into the dish...
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I will add that since most of my shrimp I breed are neos, I use a sand type substrate which doesn't allow food particles to go into crevices as much as ball substrates. So I don't have to worry about a food dish in those tanks since it stays on top of the sand/slag.

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Good tip about sand substrates Soothing Shrimp! I also have sand substrates, but am worried about a shrimp running off with a piece of food and then it going missing in the tank so I use a dish for that reason

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