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Old 08-11-2008, 06:07 PM   #1
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how should i care for my new shrimp???

what do i need to do. i just got a skunk cleaner and 3 prppermints and a turbo snail. do i need to feed them or will they just find enough food on the rocks? i have quite a bit of aptasia (spelling?) its a 28 gallon nanocube. the only other livestock are 7 hermit crabs.
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Being a new tank and a smaller tank I would think you need to feed them a little. Do you have any algea in the tank?
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yea, there is a little hair algea. im just really hoping that they will kill my aptasia (once again spelling?). what should i feed them?
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There is no guarantee the pepps will eat the aiptasia and definitely not the hair algae. I would look to solving the excess nutrients issue so it won't keep coming back. I have also noticed aiptasia will quickly grow out of control if regular PWCs are not done. I have seen this 1st hand in my 125. I have no fish or critters in there right now and didn't do PWCs and they took over the tank.
Feeding yout inverts, do what Mike says and feed a little food.
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what kind of food? flake? frozen? freeze dried? . . .
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Flakes can cause more excess nutrients. Frozen would be good make sure you rinse with RO/DI water. I don't use freeze dried, so I can't offer anything there.
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ok ill try and go pick some up soon.
how about sexy shrimp?
Same foods?
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I would put a small pinch of flake or a small bit of mysis every 5 days . Scott had a good idea with a bit of freeze dried also. But very little and I mean very little food in there and give them plenty of time to eat it all up. Read this for the hair algea.

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Mine go nuts over a few ( maybe 4-5) small fish pellets..( I use new life spectrum ) the skunk cleaner will jump off the rocks and go for 'em. Just a tiny pinch of food if you have no fish in there will work well.
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sounds good, ill get them used to that and then hopefully by time i get fish they will take it from my hands.
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