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pretzelsz 01-19-2010 02:22 PM

breeding shrimp or snails
Hello! Does any one knw how to breed a shrimp or snail to feed a puffer(dwarf freshwater) or a Betta??? what size tank, filtration, food, stuff like that..

iamntbatman 01-19-2010 02:39 PM

I wouldn't advise trying to breed shrimp as a food source. You can set up a brine shrimp hatchery but this is better suited for producing baby brine shrimp to feed to fry than for growing adult brine shrimp to feed to larger fish. There are other species of shrimp that are fairly easy to breed (like cherry shrimp) but it seems like a waste to use these somewhat expensive shrimp as snacks for your fish.

Snails, on the other hand, can be much easier. Pond snails are usually pretty easy to come by (many stores will have varying degrees of pond snail infestations) and will reproduce readily. A simple setup with a basic filter and regular feedings should be all you need to establish a nice breeding colony of pond snails.

pretzelsz 01-19-2010 02:55 PM

fdeddings of what? i have of some what i think are pond snails

iamntbatman 01-19-2010 03:09 PM

They'll eat anything, really. Fish food of any kind and vegetables are good for them. They like stuff like romaine lettuce, cucumber, spinach, etc.

pretzelsz 01-19-2010 03:10 PM

what size tank should i get? and how big should they get to feed my betta?

iamntbatman 01-19-2010 03:21 PM

Well, I'm not sure bettas will eat snails. I thought you were talking about a puffer and/or a betta? If you've just got the betta, I wouldn't worry about breeding any sorts of live food for it.

pretzelsz 01-19-2010 03:28 PM

well i want to know this because i am really interested in a puffer an i was reading the article on how they eat

Angel079 01-19-2010 04:58 PM

To separate this a lil step by step:
For the puffer's I'd breed snails (whichever kind you have available in your tank, just set them separated in a mini tank to breed, they naturally do this in 100's and 100's of eggs.
For the Betta I'd feed Bloodworms ideally with a mix of medium sized good quality pellets.

The "regular" shrimp I'd not recommend for food source (only the brine shrimps) simply because you gotta consider a good quality shrimp (Red Cherry etc) will be what about $2.5-3 per shrimp, you'd need to have at least a gang of 20 to start breeding and hopefully will breed enough quickly to supply enough food. Then you'd need a 10g set up for them, properly done so they actually will breed etc etc.....Snails & Bloodworms are just far easier. And my Betta lives in the shrimp farm and doesn't even touch them so....

pretzelsz 01-19-2010 05:01 PM

ok thanks i'll go to my friend for a small tank...I put a small snail in the betta tank to see if he would eat it...right as i popped it in BOOM gone so my betta has 3 food sources to not get bored of

redchigh 01-28-2010 10:29 AM

did you see him eat it? maybe the snail hid or burried itself. I've never heard of betas eating snails...

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