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    So, I was disappointed today to have finally realized the "Shrimp Pellets" I've been putting into my tank isn't pellets for shrimp, but pellets of shrimp.
    Since my tank is still going through the long process of in-fish cycling, what can I do to make sure my little vampire shrimp will grow big and strong? I haven't seen him molt, actually, I've hardly seen him at all. I'm not sure if filter-feeding shrimp are supposed to be this shy, it could be stressed because of low calcium or low nutrition.

    What are some good calcium supplements? (My pearlscale goldfish and 2 apple snails would also benefit from the calcium)

    What is some good food for shrimp? (Considering I have no algae building up yet)

    I've searched around a little bit, I heard from an earlier thread that crushing up boiled egg shells and mixing with gravel at the bottom could eventually raise calcium concentration in the water, but I'm not sure how that will effect other chemicals in the water. I also found some powdered shrimp food, but I'm not sure if it's any good (BorneoWild Crimson, and Mosura Shrimpton).

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    I don't know a whole lot about shrimp but since this is a filter feeding shrimp I don't think you need to worry about algae growth. I don't think they eat algae. I know that a lot of people just grind up fish flakes into a powder and put that in the tank for the shrimp to eat. I don't think they need anything special. If you want to add calcium you could get a cuttlefish bone. They sell them for parrots but you can put pieces in the tank. However this is likely going to raise your PH. So add a little and test over the span of a week and see if you notice any changes in PH level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    I don't know a whole lot about shrimp but since this is a filter feeding shrimp I don't think you need to worry about algae growth. I don't think they eat algae. I know that a lot of people just grind up fish flakes into a powder and put that in the tank for the shrimp to eat. I don't think they need anything special. If you want to add calcium you could get a cuttlefish bone. They sell them for parrots but you can put pieces in the tank. However this is likely going to raise your PH. So add a little and test over the span of a week and see if you notice any changes in PH level.
    That's good, I have been crushing some of my flakes in the hopes that my shrimp will catch is as the filter sucks it towards him. I'm still not sure if it's enough though.
    Yeah, I think I saw what you wrote on another thread about calcium, that also seems like a good way. I'd like to get more support on the egg shell solution however, since it's much more cost efficient.

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    That's good, I have been crushing some of my flakes in the hopes that my shrimp will catch is as the filter sucks it towards him. I'm still not sure if it's enough though.
    Yeah, I think I saw what you wrote on another thread about calcium, that also seems like a good way. I'd like to get more support on the egg shell solution however, since it's much more cost efficient.
    Well the egg shells are certainly used and could very well work. I have used them myself. I just don't know how effective they are. Granted I was feeding Malaysian trumpet snails cause I wanted to see how big I could get them. I don't know how much you will need for there to be a noticeable increase in calcium. Clean them very well before putting them in your tank and again check to see if your PH rises any. It might take it a while so maybe put three or four whole egg shells in there and leave it for a while. Just because you see no rise in PH doesn't mean it won't happen. Last thing you want to do is keep adding egg shells because nothing seems to be happening and then all of a sudden you have a PH of 9. hahaha
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    The only reason I suggested the cuttlefish bone was because my gut tells me it will release the calcium faster. I could be wrong about that. I've not used it myself.
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    Thanks, I'll definitely try at least one method.
    I'm disappointed with the behavior of the shrimp, I've seen videos of other people's vampire shrimps being a lot more active and fun to watch, but mine just hides behind the filter.

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    Is he perhaps hiding from the goldfish?

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    It's possible... the goldfish does like to poke around a lot, and I've seen it poke the shrimp a couple times.
    I saw a youtube video of somebody's vampire shrimp (it was full grown) where one of his tropical fish poked his shrimp a bunch, but the shrimp didn't seem to mind too much (he'd tense up for a second, then continue with what he was doing).

    Maybe my shrimp feels too vulnerable, I was hoping he'd grow out of his shyness because right now he's no more than an inch.

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    Before long, that goldfish's mouth will be big enough to make that shrimp a tasty treat, I'm afraid
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    I have a bamboo shrimp, which is another filter feeder, in a heavily planted tank. I rarely see it when the filter is on. It's got a few favorite spots deep in the plants near the filter outlets and it just stays there. When I turn off the filter to do a water change, it comes out and walks around, looking for a new high-flow spot.
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