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hi there,

I would like to ask for some advice as to how long can a shrimp survive in a heavily planted tank with lots of plants and moss without feeding them shrimp food... Would they be able to survive 2 weeks?

reason im asking is because i would be taking a two week vacation this december and i am a bit worried if the shrimps would be fine... without anyone to feed them or just having them to rely on the food sources in the tank itself...

its basically a 10 gal, heavily planted with about 40 PFRs.

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They'll be fine, unless you've got huge numbers of shrimp they'll survive on aufwuch for weeks and weeks. You could always throw a few beech/oak/ketapang leaves in before you go as a supplementary source of aufwuch.
 

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Hm... two weeks seems kind of like a stretch for me with 40 shrimps in there. The longest I have gone without feeding is 3 days when I leave for the weekends and they fight over the first bit of food I place in when I return so it seems they are really hungry.

When you leave for those two weeks will the temperature and lighting be a problem? Also, I would fill the tank water level higher as there will be at least 1 to 2 inches of evaporation if your tank will be open.
 

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just drop a few pellets of some shrimp food in there (the ones that dont disintegrate are better) and leave them with some leaves as suggested above. they'll be fine.
 

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I was actually thinking of leaving about 4 almond leaves... do a 30% water change before leaving and throw in 3 shirakura shrimp tabs.... and fill the tank to the brim i guess... with the light they are all on a timer so im not too concerned about the lighting... thanks... will do a small mini observation while im still here ... i will try to starve those buggers for 2 weeks and hopefully nothing happens..
 

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Increase photo period slightly before trip to increase biofilm and algae in the tank.

Almond leaves should be put into the tank a week prior to leaving on your trip.

-Gordon
 

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I would soak the leaves in a seperate container prior to adding them to the tank. I think 4 leaves in a 10gl will add a lot of tanins and color up your tank water. I think even one or two would be fine.
 
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