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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-21-2020, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Shrimp not eating wafers/pellets

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I keep about 20 shrimp in a 16 gallon planted tank. They graze around all the time, and when I drop in the food I want to give them (Hikari Crab/Calcium pellets/algae wafers) into the feeding dish, only some come over and take a couple of bites now and then... so I don't think every shrimp gets a bite of it. However, I read that I should supplement their diet with protein/calcium other than the algae/biofilm that they eat so that they won't face molting issues and the like.

But if they don't crowd around and eat the food that I want to supplement for them, how do I ensure that they're getting a sufficient and wholesome diet? Anyone else that keeps shrimp in planted tank that faces these issues too?
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Are there other predators around that are keeping the shrimp away? I feed my cherry shrimp an Hikari Algae Wafer once a week and within an hour most of the shrimp in the tank are all over it.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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hey, anything closest to a predator would be 2 CPO, but even then I experimented with a higher feeding dish that the CPO cannot reach (so 2 feeding dishes) yet, they don't really crowd around the food. Interesting to hear your experience, it may seem that my tank is just filled with stuff to eat without my help it seems!
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I've had similar hit or miss experience (mostly misses).

My amanos don't touch prepared food
My Neo will touch it occasionally but only if I add about once every other week
My Sulawesi don't touch it
My snails (nerites and rabbit) don't seem to touch it either

My (hopeful) guess is that they are getting enough food from the biofilm (and Bactum AE) that the larger stuff doesn't attract them.

FWIW - I've tried pellets, snowflakes, blanched veggies, mulberry and oak leaves and shrimp pellets.
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mine live mostly on steamed veg ,the fresh baby leaf spinach sold for salads by the supermarket is their favorite veg

calcium top up wise i throw in the spines from from a tin of sardines maybe every couple of months which last for a few weeks
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