Berried Shrimp

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  1. Alan Muller

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    Hi to one and all.

    I have a planted nano tank on my home-office desk. It is a no filter setup with 6 ember tetras and a bit more than a handful of cherry shrimp. The lot seem to be getting along famously and two of the female shrimp are berried. Will thickly growing Limnophila Sessiliflora provide enough cover for the shrimplets? I have some Christmas moss on the grow but it is yet far from being considered 'cover'.

    I think the shrimp are still a way off from giving birth so have some time to remedy the situation.
     
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    I reckon it will likely be fine.
    Ember tetras are super tiny themselves so I doubt they would hassle the shrimplets too much.
    Limnophila does also get very nice and bushy, very quickly, so they should be able to hide in there without any issue.
     
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    Thanks, @HugBug

    I was hoping that the Limnophila would be enough as the shrimp already hang out in it very often and the embers don't seem to try make their way in.
     
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    I hope it is okay to return to this same thread with another question. I have quite a few shrimp in my nano tank and have tried a few times to feed them boiled cucumber (as I have seen suggested on many fora and blogs) but they don't seems at all interested. Is this perhaps because they have enough naturally-occuring food in the tank or should I be trying something else?
     
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    How long do you boil it for? It just needs to be in boiling water for about 30 seconds
     
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    I don't bother boiling mine at all.
    At most I maybe pour boiling water over and fish it out a few seconds later, but otherwise I just rinse it and stick it in.
    I cut a nice fat chunk and spear it with a cake fork to weigh it down.
     
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    Perhaps I am overcomplicating things. I boiled it for about 10 minutes; it is a thick slice so maintains its structure just fine.
     
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    If you’re not 100% sure it was grown without pesticides etc I’d suggest peeling it (slightly off topic, sorry) :)
     
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    Thanks, @A new day!

    Perhaps a little late for this round of feeding but I will definitely do that in future (assuming that nothing disastrous happens due to my non-peeling).
     
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    Try doing it without boiling, or just quick boiled water.
    First time I gave cucumber I also cooked it a while (as per every Google) and nothing ate it.
    Now with just quick dip in boiling water it gets covered in both shrimp and snails.
     
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    I put boiling water in a cup, added the cucumber for 30 seconds and then removed and added it to the tank
     
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    I would recommend swapping out the cucumber for baby marrows rather. Cucumber does not have a lot of nutrients and minerals in it as its mostly water, so shrimp normally enjoy baby marrow much more.

    But if they are not hungry they wont go for it.

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    Thanks @Gamma , @TheGrissom and @HugBug ! I tried the quick blanche method and the shrimp seem a bit more interested but I suspect that the tank still has loads of other goodies for them to eat all day.

    In other news, I have shrimplets as of this morning! Fingers crossed that the ember tetras don't fancy a snack.
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    yay, exciting!
     

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