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Other food sources for shrimp

So currently I'm feeding my shrimp some sinking pellets and on occasion some spiriluna powder, I've heard spinach can be fed to them after boiling it? How long would I have to boil it before putting it in the tank?

What are some of your favorite food sources you feed your shrimp and preparation methods?

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I feed my shrimp bee pollen, mulberry leaves, algae wafers and a couple other premium foods.
Mulberry leaves and bee pollen I just toss in the tank. Make sure you get the mulberry leaves from a non pesticide source.


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Agreed with the above. Zucchini, cucumber, and kale are also great. Organic and blanched. I leave the kale in and they swarm it the next day as it starts to yellow.

Shrimp will eat all kinds of stuff though. Fish flakes, pellets, frozen blood worms etc. Just make sure to vary the diet and don't overfeed. A small colony will survive solely off biofilm and detritus.

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I feed my shrimp bee pollen, mulberry leaves, algae wafers and a couple other premium foods.
Mulberry leaves and bee pollen I just toss in the tank. Make sure you get the mulberry leaves from a non pesticide source.
Mountain rose herbs has a storefront here, they supply organic herbs and stuff and I think they have mulberry leaves so I think I'll stop by there today and pick some up for my shrimp of they have any! Thanks for the suggestion!
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fresh vegies are great! I have also cultivated algae on rocks and dropped them into the tank every once in a while shrimp love that. So anything Green is great for them. some people also use spinach!
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I got some organic bee pollen for the shrimp today and they seem to have interest in it, I assume when I boil things like zuchinni, spinach and cucumber I'd want to boil it long enough for it to be soft/mushy? Or is there a particular length of time I should boil for?

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I got some organic bee pollen for the shrimp today and they seem to have interest in it, I assume when I boil things like zuchinni, spinach and cucumber I'd want to boil it long enough for it to be soft/mushy? Or is there a particular length of time I should boil for?
I do spinach for like, 30 to 60 seconds in boiling water - just enough to blanch it.

I do harder stuff like zuchinni and cucumber longer - until easily forked soft.

Then I attach one of the free lead plant weights to hold it in place.

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zuchinni and cucumber and catappa leaves. They get lazy with algae though

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