The foods you choose for your shrimp is very important. There are many different kinds of food available and I’ll give you my opinions on a few good ones to try. My personal favorite of Shrimp Food is currently Hikari Shrimp Cuisine . It is the best imitation plant food I have found because it has great color enhancing properties, making reds and yellows brighter, and it also promotes growth in mature adults. Published reports show that feeding this product will result in increased longevity as well as larger adult size. In addition, Hikari contains an algae component which further improves the quality of life for shrimp in your aquarium.
Best Foods for Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp
1. Hikari Shrimp Cuisine.
The best food for shrimp is Xtreme Shrimp Sinking Sticks . It has a nutritious, high protein content and promotes growth while providing energy. This product also contains vitamins, minerals and other nutrients essential to the health of shrimps. In my experience these sinking sticks do not cloud water or cause algae blooms or anything else negative in your tank. They are very easy to see and it’s easy to determine how much your feeder shrimp have consumed as they’re sunk down at the bottom of the aquarium.
3. Sera Shrimp Natural Sinking Granules .
This is another good natural food I would recommend if you decide against using dry foods. However, it does require frequent feeding because of its small size. It is also not easily seen at the bottom of your tank. The positive side is that because it’s a natural product, there are no additives or preservatives.
4. Fluval Bug Bites Shrimp Formula .
This is one of the best foods available as far as color enhancing properties go. It contains enriched proteins and color-enhancing pigments (such as carotenoids) to give reds and yellows in shrimp brighter colors while adding more complexity to their overall hue.
5. Repashy Gel Food .
Another great way to feed your shrimp is with gel food. This particular brand has great reviews among hobbyists online for many years now but I have not personally tried it yet myself so I cannot comment on it.
6. Zoo Med Nano Banquet Food Blocks .
This is a really good food for smaller shrimp and juveniles. It contains all kinds of tropical ingredients (like fruits, veggies, etc.) and provides essential nutrition while keeping water quality pristine. I personally like this product as an additive to my larger tank’s main feeder food when I have lots of tiny young shrimplets that need important nutrients until they get bigger. It’s also great for adding variety to shrimp mealtime if you don’t want them eating the same thing day in and day out.
7. Vegetables .
I would recommend feeding small amounts of vegetables now and then because they provide beneficial nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and phytochemicals. If you feed too many some hobbyists have reported stunted growth, but there’s not really enough evidence to say this for sure. I only give my shrimp broccoli once in a while and it has never seemed to hurt them or stunt their growth.
Shrimp Food Buying Guide
This is one of the most important factors you should consider when buying food for your shrimp. If you are on a tight budget, then you might not want to spend too much on fancy foods since there’s a significant price difference between generic and branded ones. In my opinion, though (and this is just me), if you feed them high quality food they’ll get better health, live longer, and breed faster than their counterparts who eat low quality food. Let them enjoy life as best they can by giving them top notch nutrition!
2. Nutrition content
In addition to price, consider the nutritional value of the food items you are choosing. It would be a disaster to give your shrimp only nutritious dried seaweed and oatmeal if that was all you can afford. Try looking up the ingredients on your food items (for example, Sera Shrimp Natural Sinking Granules) and see what type of nutrients they contain. In my case I’m using Xtreme Shrimp Sinking Sticks and it has all the necessary macronutrients as well as micronutrients that are essential to shrimp health.
3. Less clouds
You might want to consider clearing your tank quickly after feeding if you use dry foods. This is due to the fact that pellets tend to cloud water after being eaten by shrimps or other bottom feeders– according to online reviews and personal experience, Hikari products do not seem to becloud water but this varies from brand to brand depending on ingredients and/or quality. For best results, I recommend using gel or freeze-dried foods because they dissolve in water and don’t leave any residue behind (I presume you already know why you shouldn’t use fresh food).
Why Do You Need Shrimp Food?
So, why do you need shrimp food? Well for one thing, we already know that shrimps feed on algae and decaying organic matter in the wild. This means they naturally eat less meaty foods than carnivorous fish (such as goldfish) and snails but this does not mean they are weak or unhealthy at all! In fact, the opposite is true: just like lions can survive eating only meat instead of plants their entire lives, so too can shrimps live perfectly fine off of detritus alone.
The truth is that in nature there isn’t much variety when it comes to what “food” shrimps have access to except for rotting leaves from a few bushes here and there. I suppose you could technically consider detritus a “food” but it does not provide the same amount of nutrients that natural pellets do.
It is for this reason that you need to feed shrimps in your tank and give them access to healthy foods such as pellets, frozen food, freeze dried worms, etc. They will be healthier and more energetic if they are receiving all of their nutritional requirements from their diet (and hopefully you’ve already got a varied diet with several different brands/types).
Another benefit is that nutritious food can extend the life span of your shrimp by giving them vital micronutrients. Micronutrients also keep track of algae growth better so feeding in moderation keeps water quality pristine! You may have heard or experienced how people have had their shrimp live for more than 10 years even though they’ve never cleaned the tank before. This is due to diet and nutrition!
Commonly Asked Questions for Shrimp Food
1. Are red cherry shrimp good algae eaters?
I find them to be excellent algae eaters, the best I’ve seen in fact. They are smaller than most shrimp (even some dwarf shrimp) but they can and will pick at large tufts of hair algae with ease and do not limit themselves to eating only soft or thread-like forms of algae.
2. Do cherry shrimp eat brine shrimp?
No, they do not. If you have ever kept freshwater fish before then you might know that many species need live foods in order to grow up big and strong. This is why almost all fish food contains floating pellets of food mixed with liquid vitamins (so that it dissolves quickly). Brine Shrimp Larvae is no different; while it does provide protein, it also has to be eaten IMMEDIATELY upon hatching or else it will die before the shrimp can eat it.
If you want your cherry shrimp to grow up big and strong then I highly recommend Hikari First Bites (they also have a brine shrimp version but I’d advise against buying them). These are live food pellets made just for freshwater fish fry that floats on top of your water! You’ll notice how there is no need for vitamins in these foods because they dissolve almost instantly upon contact with any liquid (it even dissolves when you tap it!). The reason why every other company has to add vitamins is so that their pellets do not dissolve as quickly– otherwise the enzyme decay rate would render them useless within hours. You can use these pellets as food for your shrimp but you must raise the water level so that they are not floating on top of the tank. Also, please note that if your water supply contains phosphorus or nitrates then phosphate will be released into your room and may ruin any carpets/floors in close proximity to the tank (phosphates dissolve easily in water).
3. Will Cherry shrimp eat dead plants?
They might eat some soft leaf plant matter such as java moss but phytophagus shrimps generally stay away from brown/dead leaves because they have already died from bacteria or fungus. They prefer to target living tissues instead, especially since there is more nutritional value there. However , this does not mean they will not eat anything that falls to the bottom of their tank. If you want a high bio-load and the plant matter isn’t being touched by other fish/shrimp then they will consume it if it’s dead (for example, I have seen them munch on java moss and even some black/red algae). However, I wouldn’t feed this to a colony of cherry shrimp because they need live phytoplankton above all else in order to remain healthy.
4. How often to feed cherry shrimp?
As with any shrimp, NEVER leave food sitting out when you’re not there to supervise– otherwise your fish might become obese from binging on too much food! Feeding once every couple days is usually sufficient. However, it’s best to feed them at night when they are usually most active and there is little danger of algae growth.
5. Do cherry shrimp eat snails?
Cherry shrimps can eat small snails along with slugs but I don’t recommend you leave snail food in the tank because it contains high levels of salt (therefore, you should remove any salt from the water as well as baking soda) which may harm your shrimp by altering their electrolyte balance. When salinity levels are altered too much then osmotic pressures change and sodium (salt) rushes into cells– this can and will eventually kill your shrimp if not removed (if it gets too bad).
6. Will red cherry shrimp eat fish eggs?
First of all, red cherry shrimp are herbivores. As such they will not usually eat fish eggs unless it’s an emergency (for example, if their algae supply is limited). If this happens then the shrimps can easily consume the missing nutrients by eating fish eggs instead. However, you should avoid over-feeding your fish so that there isn’t any excess and uneaten food left floating in the water; otherwise ” protein skimmers ” or biological filters will cause these excess nutrients to rot and disturb the ph balance of your tank– which cannot be healthy for anyone!