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Knightia
01-12-2014, 07:25 PM
I tend to feed fresh veggies to my shrimp about once a fortnight...whenever we have anything in that's suitable for them really. I put a slice of courgette in a ramekin full of boiling water for about five minutes before cooling it and hanging it in the shrimp tank. Here's what was eaten.

These were taken after about an hour. Spot the random yellow shrimp in my hybridised collection!

http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af266/starstriders/07_zps5e9d6d03.jpg (http://s1014.photobucket.com/user/starstriders/media/07_zps5e9d6d03.jpg.html)

http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af266/starstriders/08_zpsce932abe.jpg (http://s1014.photobucket.com/user/starstriders/media/08_zpsce932abe.jpg.html)

12 hours later.

http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af266/starstriders/09_zps9777f3cc.jpg (http://s1014.photobucket.com/user/starstriders/media/09_zps9777f3cc.jpg.html)

20 hours.

http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af266/starstriders/10_zps1256380d.jpg (http://s1014.photobucket.com/user/starstriders/media/10_zps1256380d.jpg.html)

Knightia
01-12-2014, 07:26 PM
40 hours.

http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af266/starstriders/11_zps428be469.jpg (http://s1014.photobucket.com/user/starstriders/media/11_zps428be469.jpg.html)

http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af266/starstriders/12_zps4f4bd0f2.jpg (http://s1014.photobucket.com/user/starstriders/media/12_zps4f4bd0f2.jpg.html)

I took it out after 48 hours and did a 60% water change.

jeffs99dime
01-12-2014, 07:38 PM
That is awesome! It's kind of like a time lapse.

Slaphppy7
01-12-2014, 07:40 PM
Cool pics firefly!...those RCS tore it up, lol....mine never gey on zucchini like that, maybe I'm not blanching it long enough (?)

Knightia
01-12-2014, 07:46 PM
Yeah - they'll struggle if you don't soften it first. I've fed it completely raw before and they only eat the softest parts.

I think their favourite is spinach though...that gets demolished down to the stem. And that only needs dipping in hot water before feeding. I've also fed that raw before and it was consumed without any problems (but took a bit longer).

FrozenTundra
01-12-2014, 07:48 PM
these are some nice tips. I tried to find some zucchini while I was at the store this weekend but they had none must be a seasonal thing up here.

Knightia
01-12-2014, 07:52 PM
Oh yes, sorry. I forgot you called it zucchini!

fishmommie
01-12-2014, 08:05 PM
Great picts! My BNP and snails go through zucchini like that. Once I found 2 apple snails fit perfectly inside the rind, filling it completely. By the time I got back to the tank with my camera, the rind had broken so I didn't get a pict.

Slaphppy7
01-12-2014, 08:07 PM
Yes, the first time you posted "courgette", I had to Google it to find out what you were talking about, lol

DeboraBremner
01-12-2014, 08:15 PM
Love the pics! Looks like those shrimp had a wonderful feed! I've always wondered though...it must be difficult to do water changes with those little guys everywhere!

Knightia
01-12-2014, 08:28 PM
Love the pics! Looks like those shrimp had a wonderful feed! I've always wondered though...it must be difficult to do water changes with those little guys everywhere!

Not too bad. Because I have well-planted tanks with aquasoil substrate I never vac the bottom unless I can see some debris that needs removing. My water changes are done with a measuring jug. I tend to only skim water from the top so shrimp don't tend to get in the way. The plants use up everything else.

I did move and replant this tank recently though and the shrimp were in the way all the time! This time last year I had about ten and now there must be a hundred.

Slaphppy7
01-12-2014, 08:32 PM
Where did the yellow one come from?

DeboraBremner
01-12-2014, 08:47 PM
Not too bad. Because I have well-planted tanks with aquasoil substrate I never vac the bottom unless I can see some debris that needs removing. My water changes are done with a measuring jug. I tend to only skim water from the top so shrimp don't tend to get in the way. The plants use up everything else.

I did move and replant this tank recently though and the shrimp were in the way all the time! This time last year I had about ten and now there must be a hundred.

I think I made a mistake. I added some RCS to a community tank...no aggressive fish but nosy tetras for sure..The other mistake is I think I vacuum too much...old habits die hard. Maybe I should get a small tank for the RCS.... hmmmm... and a bigger tank just for the fun of it!!

Slaphppy7
01-12-2014, 09:06 PM
Now you're talking!...I can't wait to see your "for the fun of it" tank thumbs2:

William
01-12-2014, 09:07 PM
Maybe I should get a small tank for the RCS.... hmmmm... and a bigger tank just for the fun of it!!

A few more tanks is never wrong ;-)

DeboraBremner
01-12-2014, 09:10 PM
Now you're talking!...I can't wait to see your "for the fun of it" tank thumbs2:

It's pretty much impossible to see everyone's beautiful fish without wanting them....at least some of them!!

Knightia
01-12-2014, 09:13 PM
Where did the yellow one come from?

No idea. Just a random colour that has appeared. There's a green one somewhere as well, and a few completely clear, colourless ones I quite like. Original stock was cherry shrimp, rili shrimp, and I had some blue jellies but they didn't live very long unfortunately. Now they're all hybrids.


I think I made a mistake. I added some RCS to a community tank...no aggressive fish but nosy tetras for sure..The other mistake is I think I vacuum too much...old habits die hard. Maybe I should get a small tank for the RCS.... hmmmm... and a bigger tank just for the fun of it!!

Depends entirely on the substrate you have and whether or not your tank is planted. I'd be hesitant to recommend not vaccuuming if you didn't have a planted substrate (as all other substrates should be regularly vaccuumed and/or stirred. If you vac into a bucket...just be very careful to check what you're pouring away.

DeboraBremner
01-12-2014, 09:25 PM
Depends entirely on the substrate you have and whether or not your tank is planted. I'd be hesitant to recommend not vaccuuming if you didn't have a planted substrate (as all other substrates should be regularly vaccuumed and/or stirred. If you vac into a bucket...just be very careful to check what you're pouring away.[/QUOTE]

My 50 is newly planted...low light plants... so I figured vacuuming in the unplanted areas is still required...and I use a python (yike). I'll be extra careful when I clean around the driftwood and rocks...the RCS seem to like it in those areas. Still think I should just get them their own tank! thumbs2:

Knightia
01-12-2014, 09:39 PM
Depends on your substrate though...which is...?

DeboraBremner
01-12-2014, 09:43 PM
Depends on your substrate though...which is...?

It's the marina coated gravel

Slaphppy7
01-12-2014, 09:55 PM
Instead of vacuuming with the Python hooked to the sink, use gravity to siphon into a large (very clean) bucket...then any unfortunates who get sucked up can be netted out of the bucket, and back into the tank.

DeboraBremner
01-12-2014, 09:59 PM
Instead of vacuuming with the Python hooked to the sink, use gravity to siphon into a large (very clean) bucket...then any unfortunates who get sucked up can be netted out of the bucket, and back into the tank.

See!! You just confirmed they need a smaller tank! :ssuprised: I do 25 gal every water change...that could take a very long time...

Slaphppy7
01-12-2014, 10:06 PM
You're welcome, LOL...yeah, that amount will take a little while...but it goes quicker than you think...I use to do about that amount, or a little more, but it maybe took 15 minutes tops....plus, I save tap water doing it that way, and I use the old bucketed water to water my plants and roses

PS Sorry for hijacking your thread, firefly, lol

Soot
01-12-2014, 10:18 PM
Perhaps my surviving shrimp deserve a courgette treat - great idea and I LOVE your pics!

FrozenTundra
01-12-2014, 11:21 PM
I also have 2 siphons, the python and a manual one which is better for getting the substrate.

mommy1
01-18-2014, 01:48 PM
Neat pictures! I am impressed how they kept the seeds on the courgette/zucchini until the very end... yeah, it doesn't take much to impress me really.