HOW DO I CARE FOR MY PETS? : Harlequin shrimp were initially imported from the tropical islands of Indonesia. Thus are temperature sensitive. Our colonies thrive between 80 to 84 degrees. Another important factor to maintaining a successful colony is hard water. We buffer our tap with Cichlid Lake Salt. It is added one teaspoon per 10 gallons after every large water change. Finally we also use Carib Sea African Ivory Coast Sand substrate that also acts to buffer our water, helping maintain the stability of our PH. Provide these critical components and you will give yourself a giant head start to creating a flourishing colony. Also keep in mind a well cycled aquarium that is plentiful with bio-film is necessary and will encourage rapid growth for the colony as well.
WHAT DO THE SHRIMP AND SNAILS OF SULAWESI EAT? : Harlequin shrimp are constant grazers. They tirelessly search for particles of food! Their almost constant and frantic movement is definitely part of their charm. You’ll notice you can actively see their arms searching for organic matter to feast on. These include the naturally occurring bio-film in a healthy and cycled tank, algae, fish food and any waste by products from other tank mates. We feed a calcium rich and protein heavy diet to our Sulawesi colonies of shrimp and snails. Our blend of high protein sticks encourage growth and our calcium fortified veggie sticks are great for molts and ward off shell erosion for our snails. Feeding our blend has improved our potential for resilient offspring and aided in building successful colonies.
More about CARDINALS SHRIMP & RABBIT SNAILS : These two species seem to have a symbiotic relationship in our established colonies and thrive when paired together. You’ll notice no sort of apprehensiveness at all and both co-exist perfectly. Snails love protein rich pellets and will grow up to three inches in total length when mature. They end up being giant snails! Once mature they’ll produce one identical offspring at a time with consistent, heavy feedings.