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Cherries and spinach?

Do you need to blanch spinach, if so how long, or just put in the tank raw? thanks
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You don't "Need" to blanch it, but some shrimp tend to eat it a little better if you do. Some people don't blanch at all. To blanch, you just need to make it wilt essentially. Still nice and bright green. I put mine in a cup of water and microwave it for about one minute. If I use frozen spinach, I just use it straight out of the freezer. Frozen has about the same consistency as blanched.
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Boiling it also ensures you aren't adding any unnecessary bacteria/whatever to you tank. I get my spinach at a farmers market so usually has dirt and sometimes a bug or 2.
Also helps break down the cells of the leaf for easier consumption by the shrimp.
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That sounds good. Can I also store the spinach in the freezer and just pull a leaf when needed?
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Definitely. That's how I do it. I buy a bag of baby organic spinach leaves and freeze the whole bag, and pull out one leaf hear and there.
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Alright, that's simple enough. I have some zucchini slices in the freezer as well.
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While I'll occasionally buy veggies specifically for my tanks--like that spare bag of frozen spinach that lives in the back of my freezer--for the most part their veggies come from what I've bought for myself to eat: radish leaves are the most common as I buy a bunch pretty much every week, but they also get turnip greens, kale, asparagus, green beans, squash, an occasional bit of yam, fresh peas, broccoli, etc; it's just easier to prep a small portion for the tanks as I cook than to remember where and when I last threw what in the freezer, break off a portion, thaw it and then hope it's not so freezer burned that it turns to mush in the tanks.
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I'm just starting, I'm sure I'll get more variety and ways to prepare their food. Its just very convenient that so much in the veggie section to choose from.
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What are the most popular veggies with your guys shrimp?


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I like spinach and kale, mine for some reason are not big on zucchini.
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I just put the ORGANIC, in my opinion that's pretty important...kale and spinach in the freezer and the ice crystals that form make the leafs really soft and my shrimps love it! I put it right in the tank out of the freezer
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Ugh, mine hate kale. I threw away a bag of it. Their absolute favorite is cucumber, but I figure there's next to no nutrition in cumber, so I don't give it to them.

Maybe I'll give the kale another try. Perhaps they just have to get used to the flavor.
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I've been told cucumber is high in calcium. Not a complete waste.


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They LOVE cucumber. I already prepared squash. Maybe i'll add some zucchini and cucumber, and consider it balanced. And try the kale again.

I honestly don't know why I buy shrimp food, but I do.
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Mine not so much on cucumber or algae wafer, I'll try the spinach today. They seem to be content on whatever algae in the tank.
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