Acclimatising Fish & Shrimp Properly

Making sure you acclimatise your fish and shrimp properly is essential. In fact, pretty much anyone who we have dealt with who has a problem with their shrimp have not acclimatised them properly – they’ve rushed it and it’s cost them and the shrimp dearly.

TMC Acclimatisation Kit

TMC have introduced a nifty device which means you no longer need to worry about getting it wrong. You drip feed the water in and take your time over it. You don’t guess, you get it right, each and every time. What I particularly like about the TMC Acclimatisation Kit is the simplicity and the fact that once you have invested in it, you can keep it for as long as you are in the hobby. Think about it – how often are you going to buy fish and shrimp in your lifetime? A LOT I suspect, so investing in this cool piece of kit means you won’t have to worry.

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TMC Acclimatisation Kit

Freshwater shrimp additives….

The market is becoming very aware of shrimp additives and conditioners. Years ago, and I’m talking about 5 years, I took a punt and began selling shrimp conditioners and foods and to be honest it flopped. People just didn’t want to buy it. I was too early and ended up giving the stuff away – I was passionate but the rest of the UK market wasn’t. It was big in Europe but just not over here.

Ping forward 5 years and it’s a very different story. You only need to google the subject  to see. That’s a reflection of where the market is now. Fancy shrimp galore and now prices have come down, popularity increases. Supply and demand etc.

But the market has also been flooded with different additives that will effect shrimp in some way. And if you’re not careful you won’t know what to choose as you’re spoilt for choice. So just who should be buying these additives?

If you’re keeping Cherries, Tigers or Amano’s then I just don’t think you need to bother. Sure I could be telling you to buy it – that would be easy, but the bottom line is, those sort of shrimp don’t really need it. Additives like Genchem White Pellet,


will help improve white banding on Crystal Red Shrimp, but they won’t help Cherries or Tigers.

Genchem Polytase on the other hand


is excellent for higher grade shrimp (like Crystal Reds) that may be a little more sensitive due to their gene pool being much smaller and as a result their off spring could do with a little helping hand.

The message I am trying to get across is think about the sort of shrimp you have before committing to certain additives. And I’m not talking about foods (that’s a different subject).

The more ‘common shrimp‘ will need less attention and therefore don’t need some of the more exclusive additives. The more premium your shrimp, or the more you have paid for them, generally means they need a bit more looking after.

Shrimp lesson over :)