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Please be careful with the idea that if bamboo shrimp scavenge they are starving. This has become a firmly held belief in some quarters without any solid evidence to back it up. What people may MEAN is what genocdex said, " ...that's a sign they are being starved." A better way to put it might be "this MAY be a sign they are not getting enough food." The emphasis being on the "may" because it is clearly NOT the case that if a bamboo shrimp scavenges in the substrate he therefore must be starving. The reason this is important is simple: some BS routinely wander around the tank picking at the substrate even when there is tons of food in the wc and a new owner may feel that signals a lack of food. And we all know what happens when we feed too much, don't we... :)-) I was watching BS the other day: One of them had a two inch string of waste hanging from him which sorta indicates there is plenty of food in the wc... He was hanging on a filter collecting food (they often love to hang on filters because there is a good amount of water flow). But down on the bottom sat another one between two chunks of wood happily picking away at the substrate. A few hours later he is hanging on some wood doing his baseball mitt thing. My personal opinion (with no scientific evidence to back it up) is that the best way to feed these guys is to add tiny amounts of food to the tank often with the goal of keeping small amounts suspended in the wc at all times.

One of the problems with bulletin boards is that inaccuracies and myths get passed around and become more true in the passing. The good news is that correct information can become true too!
 
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