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    Do you think shrimplets grow slowly on active soils, like Akadama or Amazonia, compared to 'neutral' gravels as quartz sand or so? What shrimp minerals do you add to active soils? I am interested in your experiences! Thanks

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    I think they grow faster on active soil! More food to munch!

    I add old sea mud (choice brand mironekuton) as a base layer, just a light sprinkle. I also use a mineral stone as well though, also mironekuton or bentonite, or both.

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    I would be interested in hearing more opinions on this. What makes shrimplets grow fast, and what prevents growing? How important are NO3, PO4, bacteria, temperature and food?

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    For me on akadama its slower than ada amazonia 1 ,
    Im feeding shrimplet with mosura gravidas and didnt notice That it make them grow faster.

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    I use akadama and also mironekuton mineral stone.
    Give once a week Mosura Excel. The shrimp growth fast.

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    This is a difficult question to answer scientifically. I have only one acidic/sof water shrimp tank that does not have an active soild. It is a 75 g CBS tank. In my observations, like fish, shrimp growth is dependent on water quality. What I mean is, there are people who have mentioned on this site that CRS prefer old water and suggest to not do lots of water changes. That may work in keeping and breeding shrimp, but you may not see the growth that I do doing regular water changes. I recently set up a new 55 g Akadama tank for my taiwan bees. I was just commenting last night to my wife on how fast the little mischling babies were growing. The volume of water and doing regular water changes has them growing like crazy. I think that it is not one product, or one action that increases growth speed, but more of how natural you can make conditions in the tank. I am also a strong believer in a divers diet. After discussing foods with many of my shrimp geek friends, we have developed a theory (theory-not proven fact) that feeding exclusively store bought prepared foods is not always the most successful route. i believe shrimp are similar to humans in that given a choice, they will choose taste over nutrition. What I mean is that you can feed them bloodworms, or crab cuisine or whatever, but if they are not eating their "veggies" they may not be getting everything they need. I think that shrimp must eat natuarl biofilm food in the tank and then be supplemented with prepared foods. If you give them the choice of tasty foods all the time, they may not be getting the nutients they need from their "veggies". I may not be totally correct, but it is what I have come to believe especially after talking to many other shrimp keeping friends.

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