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msjinkzd 11-14-2013 08:13 PM

Shrimp balls!
 
Many of you who have attended my presentations already know that I feed my shrimp tanks quite sparingly. I generally feed 1-2 times a week, and then a very small quantity. Overfeeding is a major issue in shrimp tanks, as the tanks are generally smaller in volume, and fluctuations of parameters are more common with less dilution. Since shrimp are intolerant of these fluctuations, care should be taken to keep the tank parameters as stable as possible. The easiest way to do this is to make sure the tank is well established, and to do preventative regular maintenance of small frequent water changes. Overfeeding can also lead to secondary pests like Planaria or Hydra, as well as booming populations of pest snails. You can usually tell when shrimp are truly hungry, as they swarm about the tank, rather than grazing peacefully. If they are picking at plants, decor, and the substrate, they are generally content and donít require supplementation. With this being said, they sure do appreciate it when you do offer them delicious little morsels. While feeding today, I took the opportunity to snap a few shots in a couple of my shrimp specific tanks.
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junglefowl 11-14-2013 08:41 PM

Beautiful shrimps stock!
I feed my shrimps maybe 3 times a week. But I never know when they're really hungry or not. Thanks for the tip!

jeff.l 11-14-2013 09:10 PM

Very nice Rachel. I pop personally feed every other day. I change it up though using organic spinach one day and prepared two days after. For my prepared food I have been using a bunch of different ones, I have Borneo wild, lowkeys, Mk breeds and a few others. Currently for my caridina shrimp I use the lowkeys. It is nice because it breaks down into smaller pieces. You are completely correct in saying it is much harder to pollute a tank. To deal with food pollution I use a polyurethane feeding dish in each tank. I leave the food for 24,hours then remove.

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msjinkzd 11-14-2013 09:30 PM

an import thing to consider as well, is that most of my tanks have been running for near 10 years, so they are well mature.

newportjon 11-14-2013 11:22 PM

Very interesting.

I think I am going to dial back my feedings a bit. Do you notice a decline in reproduction when feeding sparingly? Or, do you feed more when trying to get them to reproduce?

On another note, your orange rilis look awesome and I need them. Been waiting on the Amanos to arrive so I can place an order.

Thanks in advance,
Jon

msjinkzd 11-15-2013 11:41 AM

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Originally Posted by newportjon (Post 4675714)
Very interesting.

I think I am going to dial back my feedings a bit. Do you notice a decline in reproduction when feeding sparingly? Or, do you feed more when trying to get them to reproduce?

On another note, your orange rilis look awesome and I need them. Been waiting on the Amanos to arrive so I can place an order.

Thanks in advance,
Jon

I don't notice that they breed less, but again, my tanks are super mature and I use larger volume than a lot of people (most of my shrimp tanks are minimum 20 long, 30g or 55g) and do have a lot of plants. I do supplement, with either repashy or some sort ofwell rounded omnivore type food, but just find that they are moer prone to issues when I feed more than less.

The amanos haven't been available because of heavy rains, trust me, I have been trying to get them as well. I am told 2-3 weeks longer. I generally try and keep several hundred in stock at all times and am down to just a handful that are my personal workers.

cownose-ray 11-15-2013 01:39 PM

Are those shrimp in the 2nd picture the "black & white bees" for sale on your site?

msjinkzd 11-15-2013 03:50 PM

Yup! I am not shipping until after I get back from the OCA extravaganza, though. I am vending otu of my room and taking pre-orders for delivery next weekend.

Whiskey 11-15-2013 03:58 PM

Amazing shots!

Whiskey

thelub 11-15-2013 08:08 PM

Great pictures!

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Originally Posted by msjinkzd (Post 4674474)

Lol I was going to ask what species you had showing here, but when I quoted the post the file name told me all I needed to know :proud:

c_gwinner 11-15-2013 09:31 PM

Those orange rillis are a killer. Never was a big fan of the Rilli patterns but the orange is so awesome looking.

jkpedrita 11-15-2013 10:17 PM

Wow! What gorgeous shrimp!

msjinkzd 11-18-2013 02:07 AM

sexy, right????

Carlin 11-26-2013 01:53 PM

What are you feeding them???

Rock Island 12-01-2013 06:35 AM

Quote:

sexy, right????
Dude! Right?!

Those are awesome shots! What is that black shrimp in photo #5?


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