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Are my shrimp hungry?

Ive had my shrimp now for one week. Four rcs in a planted bowl. The bowl was set up a month prior to me getting the shrimp. I know that there was a good amount of plant matter ( dead leaves etc ) built up and other than some minor hair algae not much else visible. I bought algae wafers but, I do not want to introduce nutrients into the tank if it s not necessary. At what point should I feed these guys? They have their color now ( looked pretty bland for a few days ) and they are starting to move about when the lights are on ( instead of hiding like they were ). Thanks
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Just watch them for a little while they graze. They are constantly defecating and you will notice the little black feces dropping from their backside if they are healthy and eating well. If you spend like half an hour watching one and don't see any aquatic-bombs then they might not be eating well.

Here is a pic of a male and female from my bowl. If you look under the female on the right you will notice a fresh dropping. That's what you are looking for.


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Ive witnessed no Bombs" as yet. I rarely see them in the plants. These guys are churning around in the dirt like mad. I would assume they are finding yummys down there.

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Careful, Rikardob. I've seen threads better than this closed before for political slurs.

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Another good indication that they aren't finding enough to eat is if they don't stay in one place and forage. If they constantly are swimming around the tank, never staying in one place too long, you might want to feed them.

This always happens when I leave for the weekend. When I come back I notice the shrimp much more active than when I pamper them during the week.
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Edited so we can stay on topic.
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lol rikardob

they really do not move around that much. They will stay in one spot for a while and move their front "arms" like crazy. I have tried to see what they are picking up, if anything , but they are simply too small.
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why dont you try giving them something...if they swarm then maybe feed once a week. a small amount of anything will do.




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I gave them a piece of algae wafer and they eventually nibbled at it and then went back to the above described activity
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They're probably doing just fine on bio-film and tasty critters in the substrate. Mine probably don't need food but I still give them blanched veggies every other day or so. I just take out what they don't eat the next day.
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I would give them something if your not feeding any other fish etc., check out this of things you have in your yard that shrimp will eat, good luck.


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if they show limited response to the food you give, maybe they're getting all they need from you tank. are their intestines visible? it should be a solid dark line going from their head to their posterior region. just like in the photos above.




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Hmmmm, I really can't make out the line of their intestines. I put a piece of zucchini in there last night and it hasn't been touched.
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Did you boil it first?

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Hmmmm, I really can't make out the line of their intestines. I put a piece of zucchini in there last night and it hasn't been touched.
Give them a while so they can learn that it is food. Like others said, they may be satisfied with the biofilm in the tank. My cherry shrimp eat anything that falls to the bottom of the tank, frozen brine shrimp, Amano/Azoo shrimp food, algae wafers, fish flakes and pellets, etc. Perhaps your shrimp are just full!
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