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Gammarus Shrimp

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Live Gammarus Shrimp Culture For Sale

Gammarus Shrimp, also known as Gammarus Scuds, are freshwater amphipod crustaceans naturally occuring in slow running rivers and lakes measuring approximately 1 cm. They are often found in slow runs over Chara weed, providing a staple preferred food source for trout. Likewise, they are a readily consumed by nearly all aquarium fish. Not only do they provide a great source of protein and roughage to aid in digestion, they are one of the best natural color enhancing food for fish. Trout heavily fed on scuds are known to be not only well fattened, but also the most colorful. Uneaten scuds are known to survive in aquarium condition, providing an occasional opportunistic treat for aquarium fish. In addition, scuds are beneficial in maintaining stable water chemistry as they aid in processing uneaten fish food and decomposing fish waste. They are known to prolong the use of aquarium filter as they feed on the debris on the aquarium filter. Eliminating an established colony of scuds in an aquarium can be difficult without changing the aquarium filter and washing the gravels. Juvenile scuds can be cultured to be fed to smaller fish and fish fry. By simply providing aeration, food, and a dark environment, scuds will readily reproduce to provide a constant source of nutrition rich food.

Gammarus Shrimp Culture
For a successful Gammarus Shrimp culture, it is crucial to provide a dark aerated environment. Raising Gammarus Shrimp in such environment can be achieved by either providing a water flow or shallow water with a large surface area. Gammarus Shrimp diet varies widely as they are omnivorous feeders and are not very picky eaters. Breeding Gammarus Shrimp is simple, yet has a few basic requirements. First of all, it is important to provide a source of cellulose in order to breed them effectively. Adding dried Alder leaves and green water is beneficial. Clean water, good aeration, and slightly alkaline water rich in calcium will achieve the highest yield in a scud culture. The optimum temperature for a Gammarus culture is 68-86 degrees Fahrenheit and a pH of 6.8 to 7.5.