Freshwater Ghost Shrimp as food?

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  1. milchy

    milchy Cuttlefish Registered

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    As I setup my new cuttle tank. I thought about turning my current 10gal freshwater tank into a "food farm" where i can keep~breed ghost shrimp as food.

    These can be fed as food can they not?
     
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    Hi Milchy,

    Sorry but it's a bad idea to feed freshwater critters to marine ones, they tend to be too fatty and have other nutritional problems too. Generally speaking feed marine to marine and fresh to fresh!!

    Cheers

    J
     
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    Jean,

    Do you know of any studies on this subject?

    :D
     
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    Not off the top of my head, although I have read about this somewhere (I will look it up but my memory..................?) It'a also from personal experience and from the collected notes of a 75 year old public aquarium. Our marine animals at the aquarium do very poorly on freshwater food, they don't gain weight (often they lose it!) they become lethargic and more infection prone.........they just don't stay as healthy.

    J
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Thanks Jean,

    I believe that is my experience too (it may be the case with frozen food long term as well) - I would just love to see something non anecdotal about it! :D
     
  6. milchy

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    Damn. Oh well.
     
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    Again anecdotal - but a friend who has a lot of experience with rearing marines had similar problems using freshwater gammarus compared to the marine species.
     
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    sry to steal the thread, but octopets sells saltwater molies, would you feel those would be a sound live food as the main staple of the cuttles diet.
     
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    I think that fish is fine as a supplement but not as a staple diet. Its such a shame that cuttles are so tricky when it comes to feeding :( really, live shrimps and crabs are the best
     
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    Are there any cheap saltwater shrimp which i can use to feed?
     
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    so on this trend im guessing that crayfish would not be a good choice
     
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    A plug from your Webmaster:

    ShrimpStuff.com offers live marine feeder shrimp shipped directly to your home or business, overnight via FedEx (US shipments only). The shrimp are aqua cultured and shipped from Nevada by SeaWater Express. ShrimpStuff.com offers exclusive, preferred rates.
     
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    If there was shipping to Australia I'd buy right away!
     
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    Snacks! They are ghost shrimp in the video, but they were not the only live food they were eating. I like to use the ghost shrimp when filming because they don't 'go to ground' like the local crabs do.

    I jury is out on the saltwater guppies from octopets, but Colin sums up the general feeling about them. Cephs may eat lots of different things, but that doesn't mean they are good food. James Wood was telling me about raising baby octos on frozen food. They ate it, but didn't survive very long, whole the ones eating live food survived much longer.
     
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    Where are you? Anywhere near the coast?
     
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    10minutes from the beach.
     
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    hmmmm interesting.... my lil piggy ate a fresh water guppy and ghost shrimp in the same day now seems a lil lazy..... was wondering why...

    what kind of crabs would you feed then?
     
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    can you not have a wee crab catching expedition, there would likely be marine shrimps in rock pools etc too. A baited fish trap (a small one!!) can also be used to catch a variety of crusty scavengers, also going out at night with a bright torch and a dip net should be profitable!!

    J
     
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    well it seems that ghost shrimp are more of a snack then a good meal... junk food for cuttles.

    mine is at an odd size now..... a lil too big for pods, but not ready for bigger crabs (are fiddlers ok, or something else?)

    ones, but how do you get them out of their shells..... without killing them (killed one tryin :( )
     

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