Shrimp Feeding & Diet: Infographic

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Title: Shrimp Feeding Tips and Diet

Natural Diet:

  • Cherry shrimp in the wild primarily feed on biofilm, which includes algae, bacteria, and microscopic organisms.


  • They are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal matter.

Feeding in Captivity:

  • Commercial Foods: Specialized shrimp pellets and powders are available that provide essential nutrients.
  • Vegetables: Blanch vegetables like zucchini, spinach, and cucumber are favorites. These should be pesticide-free.
  • Protein: Occasionally, shrimp can be fed high-protein foods like bloodworms or brine shrimp.

Feeding Frequency:

  • Feed them 2-3 times a week in small quantities to avoid overfeeding and potential water quality issues.

Natural Foods in Aquarium:

  • Algae: A primary food source.
  • Decaying Plant Matter: Shrimp will consume dead plant leaves and stems.
  • Biofilm: This forms on surfaces in the tank.

Supplements and Treats:

  • Calcium: Cuttlebone or crushed eggshells can be added to the tank for calcium.
  • Minerals: Mineral balls or supplements can be used to ensure the shrimp get essential minerals.
  • Treats: Occasionally, shrimp can be given treats like freeze-dried tubifex or daphnia.

Signs of Malnutrition:

  • Slow Growth: If shrimp are not reaching their full size or are taking longer to grow.
  • Dull Coloration: The vibrant red color may fade.
  • Molting Issues: Difficulty in shedding their exoskeleton can indicate dietary deficiencies.
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