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post #1 of 12 Old 03-18-2012, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Bamboo shrimp feeding

I bought a bamboo shrimp that I found at my LFS. How often do I feed them? Also will he eat flakes if I crush them so his fans catch them? I'm kinda broke so I can't set up bacteria cultures.

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I bought a bamboo shrimp that I found at my LFS. How often do I feed them? Also will he eat flakes if I crush them so his fans catch them? I'm kinda broke so I can't set up bacteria cultures.

Here's some things to know about these guys. If they don't like the water, and have a way to escape, they can crawl out, so be watchful of that. As far as feeding, they are filter feeders, and eat mico-organisms out of the water, so they need to eat from a water flow, ideally. They will try to get food off the bottom, but that indicates they are starving, and/or lack enough food. If you tank is newly set up, let's say under 6 months, he may not survive.

What you want to try to do, is set up a piece of driftwood, or rock or large plant that he can hang on, that is directly under the filter water that comes out. When he's "fanning" you can add a couple drops of liqui-fry (or some brand of fry food) to the water flow, so he can get food that way. You can also syringe baby brine shrimp (you can buy them frozen) into the water flow, and let him get food that way.

Hope that helps. They do need a water current to feed from. I think flakes of food in tiny, tiny pieces would be better than nothing, if you can't do baby brine shrimp. If they are fanning in your water, that may be a good sign :)

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I bought a bamboo shrimp that I found at my LFS. How often do I feed them? Also will he eat flakes if I crush them so his fans catch them? I'm kinda broke so I can't set up bacteria cultures.
The guy at my LFS said to keep some bamboo in there with the shrimp.
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-28-2012, 04:09 AM
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do a quick search for Shirakura chi ebi, Borneo wild bibi, or other shrimp fry feeding products. Powdered foods are the best. You can make your own but it is a pain in the butt. You need to grind the flake with a pestle and mortar, add a bit of water to make a paste and you add it to the filter output.

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What kind of a filter

Do you use a power head filter for underground or what other kind. I have one and it just cleans the rocks, i just had him one day so it new to him. I have all tetra fish and they don't eat it all up, will he eat the left over food.
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Do you use a power head filter for underground or what other kind. I have one and it just cleans the rocks, i just had him one day so it new to him. I have all tetra fish and they don't eat it all up, will he eat the left over food.

You need a strong water flow where he can "filter feed". They won't survive long if they are picking food off the rocks. They are somewhat difficult to keep, IMO. They are easy escape artists, and will crawl out if they don't like their home, and end up dried up on the floor. If they are not successful at fanning in front of moving water, they will starve. They recommend you do not put them in a tank newer than 8-12 months. They live off tiny organisms in the water column.

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Well, My tank is a month old, I have power jet on the bottom so the shrimp will have current. The tank has 15 mixed tetra in a 30g tank and with under gravel filter system and penguin bio-wheel. The shrimp seem happy when I put that extra power jet on the bottom, now how can I feed (with algae wafers in fine powder) him with the jet from the top of the tank, could I run a hose down to it,, I don't know give me some ideas on how to do it. I feel bad now of how long the tank has to be going, at the pet store he said I could what for a month to put the shrimp in-hope he servives.
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Well, My tank is a month old, I have power jet on the bottom so the shrimp will have current. The tank has 15 mixed tetra in a 30g tank and with under gravel filter system and penguin bio-wheel. The shrimp seem happy when I put that extra power jet on the bottom, now how can I feed (with algae wafers in fine powder) him with the jet from the top of the tank, could I run a hose down to it,, I don't know give me some ideas on how to do it. I feel bad now of how long the tank has to be going, at the pet store he said I could what for a month to put the shrimp in-hope he servives.
If you don't want to buy the product online InvertPlanet suggested (about $20), I would take an algae wafer and crush it into powder, and try that. I'm not sure that's great, but it's better than nothing. I feel bad for those shrimp myself, because they are all wild caught. Keep us posted.

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Thanks for the websites it was helpful. Which one from this web page Alpha Pro for food for one bamboo shrimp for the $. Thanks

I use the power-jet on the right side using a pipe running down to it, to put in to the water flow on the bottom. I use a syringe with food and have a valve to open it unless water come out and I use the tanks water to keep the balance.

The bottom of the Octopus is hollow that's where he hides but most of the time he's out. He mostly filtering the water for food, but now and then he searches for food on the rocks (i guess that's a sign needs food). I like to have more shrimp in the aquarium but I'm scared to starve them and they are kinda expensive, mine was 10$ for one.
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If it was me, I'd go to the herbal medicine section of wal-mart, and buy a spirulina supplement (gel-caps). feed your shrimp tiny amounts of the powder in the gelcaps.

If you have powdered yeast (for baking), feed a little of that too.

For both, be careful not to use too much. Ideally, feed him tiny amounts of food (the amount that sticks to the tip of a wet toothpick several times a day.

Also, turn your main filtration off while you feed him, and give him 5 minutes or so to eat, then turn it back on.

I feed spirulina and ground yeast to my dwarf gourami fry until they're big enough to eat flake, so it should work.

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