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I have about 50-70 cherry shrimps, 2 crystal red shrimps, and an oto cat. I feed them about half of a shirakura wafer every other day and I know its bad to leave food in there too long but after about 6 hours they are still eating away and still working on it. I feel bad about just taking away their food, especially if they are still eating. What should I do =[ and do they ever get full? or am i over feeding them :S

Also, a little off topic but my crystal red shrimps are losing some of their red colour, is that normal? :S they seem active and eating still so I dont think they are stressed =[
 

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How long do you leave in for then? Or do you just leave it in there for them to completely finish?

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As long as they are constantly munching on it I don't take it out. If they stop eating it and leave it alone then I pull it out (theoredically....in practice I am usually too lazy).
 

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Isn't that bad for the water? And so shrimp don't actually get full?

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heh Most for us know the "proper" way to do it, and then there's the "real" way we actually do it.

Leaving food in can lead to hydra, etc.

When I first began. I wondered if I could make my shrimp "fat." Haven't seen a fat shrimp yet. ;)
 

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It has officially been 8 hours and they are still eating *sigh

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OKay, so you know better for next time. The rule of thumb is feed only what can be entirely eaten in 3 hours.

This time it's too much. Next time, do a quarter and see if that's gone in 3 hours...
 

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Yep, next time I won't put so much. I figured it was going to be a good portion since there were so many of them plus my otocinclus

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Update - so I feed them a quarter size now and now they fight for it.... There is no winning with them :(

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I have one really big one and he just takes the whole thing with him lol

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I break one algae wafers into 4 and leave it for 2-3 days, thats when it's gone. When I see excess algae, I just don't feed them and they take care of the algae. I also give them 2 slices of zucchini and thats gone in two days, I base my feeding on how the tank is doing. Fish don't need to feed everyday, and shrimps, there's always a natural food in the tank for them.
 

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Hmm... If I put a big piece in there and take it out in a few hours can I put the same piece back in for the next feeding? Is it safe to do so?

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And it is just a shrimp tank with an otocinclus catfish

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I'm going to try that then, Thank you everyone for the advice :)

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