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Freshwater Ghost Shrimp as food?

milchy

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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?
 

Jean

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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
 

Jean

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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
 

Thales

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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! :biggrin2:
 

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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.
 

Colin

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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 :frown: really, live shrimps and crabs are the best
 

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