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So I have done what Homework I can on what kinds of veggies to feed to shrimp, but I am wondering if there are any other options. I also have questions about some.

Me being a picky eater, and only having a small 10G tank of Cherry Red Shrimp I am setting up this week, I'd like to know what I can buy that I will also eat, haha.

Here is what I have found to be ok:

  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Snow Peas
  • Yellow Squash
  • Peas - skinned
  • Broccoli (both parts)
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet Potatoes (moderate success)
  • Chinese Broccoli

Other:
  • Dried Indian Almond Leaf

Questions:
I've also read you can microwave some of these, would anybody disagree that this is effective for all above mentioned veggies?

BLANCHED = Boiling until soft and immediately putting in ice cold water, or cooler water to stop the cooking process.


What other Vegetables have you had success with?
~I think I saw somebody use Snap Peas, any confirmation that these work?
~Celery, green beans, kale?

And Fruit, has anybody tried fruit before? It seems weird to try it, but you never know.

I also found the thread yesterday that was an experiment of plants and leaves from the yard/nature. Very well done, I will be following that one!

Maybe once we get good enough feedback, maybe we can sticky something like this cuz it seems like somebody is always asking. Just a thought mods.
 

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Spinach. The way I prepare it, is to microwave a leaf in a shallow bowl of water. The time you microwave it depends, usually less than 30 seconds for me until it is soft, but won't melt once it hits the tank.

Have you tried rabbit pellets? I want to try it, but afraid to use my shrimps as the test subject. At my LPS, it's about 80cents for a pound of rabbit pellet.
 

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I had success with carrots. Feel free to try that out because some people's shrimp like & dislike certain veggies. I guess they can be picky like people lol... it's good that you're trying to find a variety of foods for their diet so good luck finding that meal plan that works for your shrimp!
 

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Blanched green beans work. One problem is how readily they flow though. Has to stick mine into a PVC pipe shelter for shrimps to even notice it. When they did hey seemed to like it :)
 

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I had success with carrots. Feel free to try that out because some people's shrimp like & dislike certain veggies.
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Blanched green beans work. One problem is how readily they flow though. Has to stick mine into a PVC pipe shelter for shrimps to even notice it. When they did hey seemed to like it :)
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Have you done garden grown or the Big Green Giant kind?
 

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Spinach. The way I prepare it, is to microwave a leaf in a shallow bowl of water. The time you microwave it depends, usually less than 30 seconds for me until it is soft, but won't melt once it hits the tank.

Have you tried rabbit pellets? I want to try it, but afraid to use my shrimps as the test subject. At my LPS, it's about 80cents for a pound of rabbit pellet.
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Rabbit Pellets is an interesting idea. Not sure I want to try it on my first batch of shrimp though.
 

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Have you done garden grown or the Big Green Giant kind?
Got them from a friend who grows them in her garden. I am not sure if the Big Green Giant kind uses fertilizers. To be safe you could buy frozen green beans. Freezing already denatures the cells so right after you let it thaw the shrimps should be able to eat it.
 

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I would avoid rabbit pellets. Most of it is probably ash or filler. They would disintegrate as soon as it hits the water so you have to direct it to a dish or something through a tube.
 

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I tried some Chinese flowering broccoli/cabbage (caixin/Choy sum) over the weekend and no one wares anything to do with it.
 

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broccoli tends to really foul water up if you forget it after more than an hour. I would avoid it if you have something else to offer.

As far as fruit goes, most avoid fruits because of the sugar content and tendency to also foul water.
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Butternut squash

I hung a slice of butternut squash in my tank for my bristlenose fry but the shrimp really liked it too. They also like cabbage.
 

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a little off topic, but i seem to remember my dad feeding fry yolk from a hard boiled egg. anyone heard of this before?
 
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