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sue wright

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PostSubject: Feeding and care of fan shrimp   Fri May 15, 2009 12:02 pm

Has anyone got any tips on fan shrimp?I had two but one died after shedding. This remaining one is still very nervous after about five weeks. I know she comes out at night (after lights out I sneak looks in the tank and see her lurking behind moss balls etc. She spends most days in, or just poking out, of a natural cave in a large piece of bogwood, mostly hidden by plants, but sometimes I can see her fans waving about. I try and secretly syringe either frozen food (melted) or a pinch of fine fish food at her , very tricky as she will shoot back out of sight at the slightest thing, though she does not mind the dwarf corydoras now. Any advice?
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding and care of fan shrimp   Fri May 15, 2009 3:56 pm

Hi Sue and welcome to the forum Very Happy

Fan shrimps ideally like to be kept in groups and the loss of one of them will make the other remaining more timid. If you can buy another one to keep it company, that will help with it's confidence and feeding.

If fan shrimps remain out of sight/access to you then i would recommend dropping a sinking tablet - like tetra tabimin, just outside the place where you know the shrimp resides. Do this after you have fed your other fish and just after lights out. This will enable your shrimp to feed at lights out. Contrary to popular belief, fan shrimps often use their fans to pick at food particles on the substrate, so in this way at least the shrimp will get a decent meal and not just a few specks of food from the passing water current.

I hope this helps. flower
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding and care of fan shrimp   Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:24 pm

Thanks for that tip about the tabimin. I have 2 fan shrimps both at about 2 inches.1 is whit in colour and the other is a pinkish red. They dont seem to be "hanging around each other" and keep themselves to each other. the original shrimp the pinkish one has shed in the tank twice since I have had it. Will these shrimps eat algae tabs?
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