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I have a heavily planted Edge 6, cycled for six months,pH 7.5+/_ a couple of points, Male Betta is nonly stock Since this tank is heavily planted I do not Vac the aquarium just 50% water changes @ 20 ppm nitrate about every 7 to 10. There is a ton of stuff floating ago in this tank especially after a W.C. So I'm thinking one maybe two bamboo shrimp> Your thoughts and experience would be greatly appreciated.

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bamboo shrimp are filter feeders. My impression with them is that they have a very specialized diet for green water algae and floating diatom and will not eat just anything that floats in the water.
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I've had them, they fed off of daphnia and small particles. Unless your edge has a top, I wouldn't do it.. Both times I've had bamboo shrimp they have crawled out of the tank to their death.

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bamboo shrimp are filter feeders. My impression with them is that they have a very specialized diet for green water algae and floating diatom and will not eat just anything that floats in the water.
I was worried about that myself. I know I have seen then dig also. I'm just not sure if the 6 will supple ample food If not I'll move him to one of the larger aquarium

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Never had an issue with mine crawling out of the tank. Just make sure you have a spot with good flow. I feed them finely crushed flake and First Bites fry food mixed with tank water and squirted from a turkey baster.
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Never had an issue with mine crawling out of the tank. Just make sure you have a spot with good flow. I feed them finely crushed flake and First Bites fry food mixed with tank water and squirted from a turkey baster.
+1 diet isn't that specialized. I feed them about once every 3 weeks, haven't seen them digging since they were new in the tank. I think that once they find their spot they get enough food from natural processes in the tank.
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Never had an issue with mine crawling out of the tank. Just make sure you have a spot with good flow. I feed them finely crushed flake and First Bites fry food mixed with tank water and squirted from a turkey baster.
Have had a total of five that I've found out of the tank on the floor from different tanks. They seem to do fine, then just one day I can't find them then have to go searching around for them.

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Make sure you have at least one spot with good flow. If you see them picking at the substrate that means that they aren't getting enough food out of the water column and they will eventually starve to death.

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I have a bamboo and 2 vampire shrimp and I don't feed them anything special. They are very good at hiding and get along very well with the RCS and other fish on the tank..
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I've had two for about eight months. Originally, the only good flow was on a thermometer suction-cupped to the side. I would sometimes see one on the substrate. Eventually, I got smart and shifted the driftwood so that it was right in the filter output.

I feed nothing special. They get whatever grows in the water column from the fish/food waste. The only time I ever see them not in the flow is the first day or two after the monthly canister cleaning.
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