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How to feed a population explosion?

The population is about to explode in my Blue Diamond tank.
How do you all ensure that the little ones are fed well without spoiling the tank?
The tank is a bare bottom ten gallon and is filtered by two 3inch cubes of 50 ppm poret foam with airlifts. It is stuffed full of floating cabomba carolina (literally stuffed full)
I started with 25 young adults 8 weeks ago. There have been 3 hatches so far with many young now approaching 1/4 inch in length, so I think the conditions are good.
Today I counted 7 berried females. Now I am worried about feeding all of the young without upsetting the balance in the tank.
Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks.
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What else is in the tank? If it is mature, the babies should find things to eat on their own.

Stuff the tank with moss and the shrimp feed will on the biofilm.

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Thanks for the reply.
The tank is quite new, that is why I am concerned.
It is very full of Cabomba and has a large clump of Christmas moss.
I don't want to spoil the tank by overfeeding, but I don't want them starving either.
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That is very neat looking tank. Nice and bright. Grind up some hikari or other hq shrimp feed and feed decently

Simply change large amounts of water, siphon in a corner where you can thumb the other end if shrimp come near the end, the shrimp adapt just fine and appreciate the large refreshing changes. I have a very long term tank, gets 99% water change every month. Just one way of many... But you combine that with the fixation abilities of that much well lit cabomba, a known fast grower, with good ferts, you have a tank that can handle feeding. Water changes.

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I use Mosura Bioplus or Borneowild Bebi in my tanks with a lot of babies to make sure everyone is getting food. As they get bigger you can look at their digestive tracks (if their color isn't to dark) and see if they are full of poop (which means they are probably eating enough).
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Thanks you guys. Such a rapid increase in population, in a new tank, had me worried. It's tough to estimate the feeding needs of so many tiny ones. Especially being new to shrimps.
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