06-16-2012, 01:46 PM #1Member Swordtails
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- Mar 2011
- Duncan, BC, Canada
What do you feed your invertebrates
I have a tank with cherry shrimp and red claw crabs and I am always interested in increasing my choices on what to feed my menagerie.
A few things I have fed them include:
Algae wafers-shrimps love them, crabs are a little more finicky on these
nutrofin max sinking pellets- no one seems to love these, but everyone eats them if they are hungry enough
zuchini-everyone seems to enjoys these
cucumber-shrimps were onboard, but the crabs prefer zuchini
oak leaves-I put this in for the shrimps but it turns out that the the crabs prefer oak leaves to algae wafers
bettas-I have this habit of buying semi-dead bettas from the local petsmart in the hopes of saving them. If my rescue attempt fails and they die on me, I 'recycle' them. If the betta looks healthy, I leave them at the store. The crabs love a dead fish. If the corpse lasts long enough to break down on it's own then the shrimps also love to eat it.
hornwort-The shrimps live in it and the crabs eat it.
cladophora algae- I have a problem with this in another tank and it is winning. I can't remember why I decided to risk infecting a second tank but I did and I found out that the shrimp and crabs both like it. The shrimps climb all over it and the crabs eat it.
Duckweed- Again, the shrimps climb on it and eat whatever it is they eat and the crabs simply eat the duckweed.
Any other ideas an what might make a tasty meal for crabs and shrimps?
06-16-2012, 01:48 PM #2
06-16-2012, 10:52 PM #3
I use fluval brand shrimp pellets and bloodworms. My cherry shrimp loves them.
06-16-2012, 11:21 PM #4
my cherries always just eat left over flake.
in my old tank they had the odd bit of algae wafer but the loaches wouldn't leave them much.
They thrive on natural algae so don't concern yourself with feeding the shrimp if fish are present.Used to try and keep track of my fish here.....
Ran out of room and time!!!
Instead I'll tell you the best piece of fishkeeping equipment ever....... Algae Scrubber :)