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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 :)

Reducing Nitrite in Freshwater Shrimp Tank

Nitrite in a freshwater shrimp tank only equals one thing – problem. Shrimp are almost intolerant of any nitrite and if your levels do suddenly rise you can tell by observing them – shrimp tend to sit still and stop feeding when unhappy – some may die within 24 hours.¬† When shrimp stop feeding you know they’re in trouble and this is their ‘alarm bell’ ringing. To make matters worse, large water changes are not an option as shrimp cannot tolerate that either so it would appear there are not many choices left! Until now…

Genchem Biozyme is a brilliant product that reduces ammonia and nitrite instantly without the need of any water change. But like most Genchem products they have a two fold effect. The other added benefit is Biozyme will improve the metebolic digestive system of your shrimp and baby shrimp can also consume it!

It doesn’t get better than that :)

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Freshwater Shrimp Molting

If you keep freshwater shrimp (and many of you do) you will have seen shrimp exoskeletons which are the shell of a shrimp. Molting is necessary for shrimp to grow and during this process, they can be very vulnerable. Their new ‘skin’ is relatively soft and therefore after they have shed their skin, they tend to hide for 48-72 hours so that they can allow their shell to harden up. Depending on how much the shrimp is eating there is a direct correlation between number of molts and food eaten.

However, not all molts go to plan. It is still very common for freshwater shrimp to die in a an aquarium when trying to molt and this can be for a variety of reasons but predominantly bacterial disease. The shrimp will attempt to molt but will not be able to shed its skin and it therefore becomes trapped and dies. Many hobbyists have often wondered about how this happens and why and chose to feed a wider range of foods to overcome the problem but it still didn’t have the effect hoped for. This can be easily overcome thanks to a wonderful new product…

Genchem Beta-G which is a unique powder that should be added to your shrimp tank every week. This will stop any molting problems in the future enabling your freshwater shrimp to grow at the speed they wish without any risks.

Economical too, you only need to use 1/5th of a spoon which comes with Genchem Beta-G, so expect this product to last a couple of years :)

Freshwater Shrimp Food

When keeping freshwater shrimp, it’s essential that you feed them food that is appropriate for them. Shrimp (unlike humans) are not content with eating 2-3 meals a day – in fact they are quite the opposite and graze constantly. As soon as they have finished what they are eating, they’re off to find more food. Ultimately this is what makes them ideal for use in the planted aquarium where algae can often be found.

With many tanks though, there isn’t enough algae to keep them sustained particularly if your breeding colony of shrimp in increasing in numbers and as a result you have to supplement their diet. This is a good idea anyway as algae is OK for them, but it doesn’t contain everything they need.

Genchem Biomax is a unique shrimp food in the respect that it has been designed for 3 different sized shrimp.

Size 1 is suitable for baby shrimp as the pellet size is very small and can be handled easily by these young shrimp. It’s really important to feed baby shrimp more regularly than adult shrimp, especially when they are very young. If they do not have sufficient food regularly then can easily die. Don’t over feed this product but underfeed either.

Size 2 is suitable for juvenile shrimp – I would consider these 4-8mm in size. The pellet size of this food is larger than Size 1 and as a result is more attractive to shrimp of an appropriate size.

Size 3 is for adult shrimp – this food is the largest out of all 3 and ideal for shrimp of 10mm and upwards. This food contains selected nutrients which will also encourage breeding.

By using all 3 sizes of Genchem Biomax in your shrimp tank you will ensure that all of your shrimp feed on appropriateate sized food and also get the best nutrition.

Improving White Banding On Crystal Red Shrimp

If you’re passionate about Crystal Red Shrimp (CRS) like us then you know all about banding and how the clearer the white banding is on the shrimp, and the fuller it is, the higher grade your CRS. Genetics play an important role within CRS and the better genes the parents have the higher the chance of having CRS with quality banding. But if your CRS doesn’t look quite as good as you hoped it to, is there anything that can be done?

You can help those ‘genes’ by providing an excellent diet in particular Genchem White Pellet which is a shrimp specific food designed for improving banding. We’ve been using this food for about 2 weeks now and have been very pleased with improvements so far. The white banding on our CRS is clearly more defined and it seems thicker and fuller. The CRS take readily to it as well, almost as if they know it’s going to improve their colour :)

Like all Genchem products they have more than one function and in this case by feeding Genchem White Pellet, it will help improve moulting.So this double fold effect is a win win. Your shrimps will improve in colour and the moulting is easier.

Saving Young Freshwater Shrimp

Shrimp breeding is on the whole pretty easy stuff. Give them the right sort of water parameters (by using a substrate), some time and plenty of high quality shrimp food and before you know it, your shrimp are pregnant, holding roughly 50 babies underneath them. They are wafted with O2 all day until they are ready to be released into your aquarium.

That day comes and it’s hard to see the shrimps as they are so small but what’s really sad is that the majority of these shrimp will not make it into adulthood for one simple reason – they won’t consume enough food as their immune system is not strong enough.

With a low immune system, young shrimp can become very weak, very quickly and as a result perish as they don’t have enough energy to eat. This doesn’t need to be the case anymore if you introduce Genchem Polytase. This simple and effective powder is designed to be dosed once a week and by doing this it strengthens their immune system enough for the young shrimp to pull through. You’ll be amazed and how many more shrimplets you see in your aquarium in a very short period of time.

You can use Genchem Polytase with any type of shrimp which you are looking to breed. Not only that but if you ever have nitrite or ammonia in your tank this product will also help reduce it. So it really does have a 2 fold effect.

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Planaria In Fish Tank

Planaria are small worms that live in aquariums. You’re probably not sure where they came from, but either way, you know you don’t want them and don’t like them. They look like this

Yours might not be pink (probably white) but it really depends on what it has been eating which defines what colour it is. The above planaria has probably eaten some coloured flake food (which they love).

Planaria appear in lots of different aquariums and often arrive in plants – but it’s very difficult to identify where they originate from. If you have fish in your aquarium, then you’re in luck as fish love them and snack readily on them (very satisfying to watch…).If you look at your tank closely, planaria move around on glass and in the substrate – they’re surprisingly fast too. They eat fish food (predominantly) and to a degree, can be controlled by ensuring you’re not feeding too much. I’ve also seen them eat snails, snail eggs, fish eggs, shrimp and so on. I’ve also seen one trying to eat the eggs of a pregnant cherry shrimp (fortunately she wriggled away).

Many hobbyists who keep aquariums without any fish but shrimp struggle to get rid of planaria once you’ve got them. No matter how many water changes you do and how clean the substrate is, it’s very hard to get rid of them until now. Genchem No Planaria is a unique powder that can be added safely to any aquarium with or without fish and is totally harmless to shrimp. It’s biodegradable and uses a natural product called Betal Nut Palm Extract. Dosage is very simple done over 3 days and we have used it in one of our shrimp tanks and no losses. Even the pregnant cherries were fine so we’re very confident in recommending this product to anyone.

If you have used this product, we would love your feedback.