Some thoughts and observations:
I have been experimenting with feeding: frequency and amount : for the shrimp - trying to gauge how much to feed them and how often.
I noticed that when I did that survey of questions for shrimp-keeping that many of those who responded warned about feeding the shrimp too much.
So, I wanted to really evaluate how much/often I should be feeding.
I haven't come to any conclusions yet; but I didn't feed any shrimp foods for 3 days. The only food was the small pinch of fish food daily that I feed the fish - which leaves little for the shrimp when all is said and done.
I also tried to evaluate where the shrimp collected over this time to see where they were getting supplemental nutrition. The neo's spend a great deal of their time among the moss, on pre-sponge, and along the back wall where there is a build-up of brown and green algae.
The baubalti, in contrast, spend much more time in the front of the tank at substrate level ( in and around corners where sand meets glass) and, in general, along the side of the tank of highest flow and oxygenation. Again, more at substrate-level. Which is interesting. They also appear to be more social with one another than the neo's. Congregating loosely in these spaces.
They also appear to hide ( especially very young and berried females) more under wood, in crevices of rocks, under and around larger leaves of plants ( as opposed to around moss) than the neo's. When sit very still, can watch a berried female come from under wood or large leafed plants to seek out food. These females are very watchful and will scurry quickly back under rock or plant when see motion in front of tank. As a rule, are not easily seen. They hide much more than the female, berried neo's.
When I drop food into glass petrie dish, the baubalti are the first ones to "come a'runnin". Maybe, because they are more in front and smell it faster?
Anyways- back to feeding: today I got a much bigger swarm of shrimp when dropped in food ( after 3 days not feeding). I think Ill continue to do this- feed every three days- and see how it goes.
Forgot what kind of Crypt this is, but it is so pretty.
Aponogeton of some sort? I think. The Orange otocinclus like to feed on the along leaves: