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New Food – Hikari Shrimp Cuisine

February 24, 2014

I decided to try out a new food item for the Red Cherry shrimp. As usual, I’m sticking with Hikari brand. They haven’t let me down yet, and after sprinkling a few tiny pellets in the tank, the shrimp seem to respond well to it.

The small size of the pellet makes it easy to feed just a little bit, and is easier than breaking down the larger pellets and wafers meant for fish.  The pellets also sink quickly, so it doesn’t waste time in the water column where the shrimp can only smell it and go crazy waiting for it.

We’ll see how the shrimp do after some time on this diet.  I’m sure they’ll be okay, but I wonder if I’ll be able to tell a difference in how they look and act.  Currently, I have the cherries on a diet of Hikari Crab Cuisine and Hikari Algae Wafers.  The large number of baby shrimp attests to the quality of their current diet, hopefully it’ll increase with this new change.

The cherry shrimp are housed in a 20 gallon high aquarium, with a large chunk of driftwood that colors the water pretty heavily.  The amount of plants in the tank has been steadily growing, and is about to the level where I can remove the wood and still have enough cover for the shrimp.  Plant in this tank include Hydrocotyle leucocephala (Brazilian Pennywort), Naja Grass or Guppy Grass, java moss, flame moss, and Hygrophila corymbosa ‘stricta’.  As far as shrimp numbers, I estimate about 50 adults and about 100 juveniles.

Happy shrimping!

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