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Shrimp feeding. Fresh veggies a must?

I've been keeping ghost shrimp for a while now because they eat excess fish flakes so adding extra food just for them wasn't necessary and they cleaned up what the fish didn't eat. It works nicely. I'd like to branch out into different kind of more exotic tropical freshwater shrimp though. I somehow got the impression that you needed to boil vegetables 2-3 times a week and feed it to them, then observe, and remove it very soon after they finished eating. This was more effort I wanted to put into to it so I never got another kind of shrimp.

Is that necessary? Or is special shrimp food, like wafers or shrimp flakes/pellets enough so I wont have to go the fresh vegetable route?

What kinds of shrimp can live off of fish flakes and algae/bio-film (I have driftwood in my tank) only? That would be most ideal because using them as little cleaners would be great in addition to the snails I have.
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No, they do not require boiled vegetables every week, let alone once a month....

That said, shrimp still benefit from a vegetable/algae based diet with some added protein.

Many "algae wafers" aren't actually algae based at all... more like algae infused... and the amount of protein in some of these products could lead to failed molts.

Zucchini doesn't need to be boiled. One person doesn't boil spinach, but they do freeze it.
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I keep shrimp at home and at my work, a few tanks both places. I cook a lot and have fresh veggies for my shrimp at home but pretty much never do at the shop. There they get near exclusively dried foods. Neither feeding method seems better than the next. Tanks with under 20 shrimp are barely fed at either place though.

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Some of us freeze things like spinach and zucchini instead of blanching it... out of laziness. I do, anyway. It breaks down the cell walls and can just be stored in the freezer. No need to spend time boiling stuff and cleaning up. 10/10 in my book.

Like @Zoidburg says, it's not a requirement to feed fresh veggies. I treat them as an occasional treat.

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No, they do not require boiled vegetables every week, let alone once a month....

That said, shrimp still benefit from a vegetable/algae based diet with some added protein.

Many "algae wafers" aren't actually algae based at all... more like algae infused... and the amount of protein in some of these products could lead to failed molts.

Zucchini doesn't need to be boiled. One person doesn't boil spinach, but they do freeze it.
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I try giving fresh veggies to both tanks. One tank for the Otos as well. The false amanos eat em up but the Neos just pick at em.

The tank with the Otos that also has cory cats the Cory's eat them more then anyone else especially the thawed peas and blanched zucchini


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Thank you for all your input everyone. Now to choose a species!

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