Is this normal?
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Shrimp & Other Invertebrates


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-11-2013, 04:10 AM   #1
13B-RX3
Algae Grower
 
13B-RX3's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NE philly/ Texas hill country.
Posts: 67
Default

Is this normal?


I just did a W/C and was admiring my DHG. One of my Amanos scuttled up and snatched a small pond snail off the glass in front of me. At first i thought he was "cleaning" it but after about 2-3 min he just walked off and continued picking at the gravel. Is this a common thing or is he trying to tell me i need to supplement his diet?
13B-RX3 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-11-2013, 04:13 AM   #2
acitydweller
ओं मणिपद्मे हूं
 
acitydweller's Avatar
 
PTrader: (171/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 7,568
Default

Amanos will find food sources once algae or things in the tank become less available. remember they work 24x7 tirelessly on your tank so they do eventually run out of algae so they need to be supplemented. More so if you have multiple japonicas in the tank.
__________________
The Aquatic Plant Society Curator of the NY/NJ/CT LFS & CO2 Directory
Namaste ओं मणिपद्मे हूं
acitydweller is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-11-2013, 04:17 AM   #3
13B-RX3
Algae Grower
 
13B-RX3's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NE philly/ Texas hill country.
Posts: 67
Default

Right now i have 3 Amanos, 5 cherries, and two Singapore flower shrimp. I had just fed them some shrimp cuisine. Maybe i am not feeding enough?
13B-RX3 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-11-2013, 04:21 AM   #4
acitydweller
ओं मणिपद्मे हूं
 
acitydweller's Avatar
 
PTrader: (171/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 7,568
Default

what sized tank is this? do you have a ton of moss in there? When i say ton, im not referring to a patch here or there... but looking at 20%+ of the tank filled with moss...

otherwise you will run out of things for these guys to feed on naturally and will have to feed more. the three amanos will eventually tear up the cherries if you dont supplement the diet.

The most vulnerable will be your flower shrimp so i hope you either have current (water flow) or a well established tank to sustain them. I would feed to ensure these guys eat enough and worry less about the cherries.
__________________
The Aquatic Plant Society Curator of the NY/NJ/CT LFS & CO2 Directory
Namaste ओं मणिपद्मे हूं
acitydweller is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-11-2013, 04:29 AM   #5
13B-RX3
Algae Grower
 
13B-RX3's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NE philly/ Texas hill country.
Posts: 67
Default

It's a 55 gal and i have no moss at all. As for the flower shrimp, i have more than enough current. I don't hardly ever see them picking at the substrate, they seem to be pooping quite often, and the larger one molted once already. Usually after i feed my Tetras i will pulverize a little bit of flake between my fingers hoping it will make it to them. Thank you for the replys! Should i add some algae wafers or just feed them more often?
13B-RX3 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-11-2013, 03:14 PM   #6
13B-RX3
Algae Grower
 
13B-RX3's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NE philly/ Texas hill country.
Posts: 67
Default

I have been looking at a complete food package for all my tank inhabitants. I was thinking about some bottom feeder tabs for my cherries and Amanos along with leftover flake food from my fish. I also found a food for filter feeding invertebrates but i didn't know if it would work in a freshwater tank. Will this work for my flower shrimp?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...cmpid=PPC-G-NA
13B-RX3 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-24-2013, 03:35 AM   #7
13B-RX3
Algae Grower
 
13B-RX3's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NE philly/ Texas hill country.
Posts: 67
Default

Just a follow up post about my bamboo shrimp. A little info in case someone is searching. I have tried a number of foods to supplement them including spirulina brine shrimp, first bites, ground up sinking wafers, crushed up blood worms, and crushed flake food. They didn't really respond notably to any combination of these foods. They were all over the tank searching for food and never really filter fed for more than a few minutes in one place, so spot feeding was difficult. I scoured the internet for other possible food sources and stumbled across a little info. I read about someone having luck feeding his bamboo shrimp Biozyme tank starter (yes really). I figured i didn't have anything to loose so i picked some up today. When i came home i happened to catch them both filter feeding in front of the spray bay. I quickly mixed up a little with tank water and squirted it in front of them. I have never seen them feed so actively! They were grabbing the bits from the current and pushing each other around. After feeding them i went ahead and dosed the tank with the recommended "start up" dose. I figured having a little extra bacteria in the system was not a bad idea. They have not moved from their perch in over 11 hours and have gone from a pale tan to a bright orange/red.
13B-RX3 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-24-2013, 03:46 AM   #8
ravensgate
Planted Tank Guru
 
ravensgate's Avatar
 
PTrader: (56/100%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 3,026
Default

I'm going to crosspost this as someone was having a heckuva time with their bamboos. Thank you for sharinG!
ravensgate is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-24-2013, 03:47 AM   #9
13B-RX3
Algae Grower
 
13B-RX3's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NE philly/ Texas hill country.
Posts: 67
Default

Great! Hopefully it helps them out too!
13B-RX3 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-24-2013, 04:36 AM   #10
randyl
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,329
Default

I have seen my CRS and TBs holding small pond snails for hours. I don't think they were kissing them. I guess it's normal.
randyl is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 01:24 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012