Can Cherry Shrimp Eat Banana or Peas? 5 Tips To Serve Shrimp


Discovering new things about your Cherry Shrimp keeps the hobby fun and exciting. And since we love experimenting, hop along with us with our findings on new kinds of food that you can try with your pets.

What Can I Feed My Cherry Shrimp?

There’s a long list of food that Cherry Shrimp eat.

Cherry Shrimp lives on a diet of algae, biofilm, Shrimp pellets, algae wafers, leftover fish food, and even detritus. They also like other plant matter such as decaying leaves including mulberry, Indian almond, nettle, and banana.

With the variety they can feed on, there should be no shortage of things you can always give your Cherry Shrimp.

What Fruits And Veggies Can Shrimp Eat?

Along with the list of edible plant matter that Shrimp can eat are various kinds of fruits and vegetables.

Cherry Shrimp take to blanched vegetables like lettuce, carrots, spinach, and zucchini. You can also try a tiny piece of boiled pumpkin or butternut squash, mango, papaya, or tomato.

If you choose to boil or blanch a vegetable, please remember to make sure it’s cool before serving them to your pets.

Does Cherry Shrimp Eat Banana?

Cherry Shrimp love eating decaying leaves, the most common of which are decaying leaves because biofilm (which they love) clings to this material.

Cherry Shrimp love to eat banana leaves, and they take to the banana fruit, too. Don’t get stuck with the fruit, though. You can also give them a tiny piece of the fruit’s skin as these consist of the same minerals plus more. Banana skin contains antioxidants and carotenoids that intensify Cherry Shrimp coloration.

The advantage of giving a piece of banana to Cherry Shrimp is the nutrient content of the fruit. Bananas contain potassium, magnesium, and iron which Shrimp need.

Does Cherry Shrimp eat fruits or vegetable?
How to Serve a Cherry Shrimp?

There is no issue with giving Cherry Shrimp a tiny piece of banana or banana skin every once in a while. This shouldn’t be a regular occurrence, though, as the sugars in fruits may cause bacterial blooms in the tank. This is why most hobbyists prefer to put tiny pieces of vegetables in their tanks instead of fruits.

But just like any other decaying type of food in your aquarium, bananas are acidic and will affect your water if not consumed immediately. So start with a tiny piece first to test if they will take to it.

The sugars in the fruit, particularly sucrose and fructose, dissolve into the water and make it more acidic if there’s a big quantity of it left for a long time. This will make your water cloudy in that area because of the bacteria. So we recommend pulling out the piece if your Cherry Shrimp don’t seem to be interested in eating it after an hour.

To shorten the time when the banana is exposed to the water, you should place the food as close to the Cherry Shrimp as you can to catch their attention.

It would be easier to place the piece of banana on a stick to keep it from moving or floating. If you want to use a fork, make sure it doesn’t contain any detergents or oils as these will poison your aquatic pets.

Hence, if you want to give your Cherry Shrimp some banana, give it as an occasional treat instead and not as an everyday meal. If you have snails, they’ll love it, too.

Can You Feed Shrimp Peas?

Peas are a controversial food as some aquarists don’t agree with feeding them to fish. However, Shrimp should do fine.

Aside from providing nutrition, peas are arguably good laxatives for aquarium pets, including fish and Shrimp. Red Cherry Shrimp love the taste of different fruits and vegetables, including peas, so they will eat them. They have the same digestive clearing effect and can be given once a week to Shrimp.

Now let’s explore another not-so-popular vegetable for Shrimp.

Will Cherry Shrimp Eat Green Beans?

Not all vegetables are easily accessible like green beans.

Cherry Shrimp will eat green beans as long as you cut them open. You may choose not to boil them.

Without cutting them open, you may notice your Cherry Shrimp ignoring these vegetables. That’s because the skin of the green bean is quite thick and hard to rip open. Slice them and expose the beans since your Cherry Shrimp will be after the soft underbelly of the bean.

How Do I Serve Fruits And Vegetables To Cherry Shrimp?

Here are some simple tips to guide you provide nutritious fruits and vegetables to your Cherry Shrimp.

Tip #1: Start small

When introducing a new kind of food, the key is to always start with a tiny piece. You can always add more if the first piece wasn’t enough, but you wouldn’t want to leave such a large chunk and cloud your water only for the Shrimp to ignore it.

Tip #2: Schedule the feed

Don’t just drop the new food randomly. Schedule it at a time and day when you can spend a longer period with your Cherry Shrimp to observe how they take to the food. This way, you can also attribute adverse reactions to the cause if any.

This is why we recommend just dropping a tiny piece to lessen the chances of those adverse reactions. Plus, you can do it a few hours before a scheduled water change to dilute any undesired substances left in the tank.

Space the feedings of the new food to weekly at the most. Just because your Shrimp liked banana today doesn’t mean you’ll have to give it every day from now on. Continue with their usual diet with new food on occasion.

Tip #3: Observe

Give yourself some time to observe the eating habits not just of your Cherry Shrimp, but all of your other aquatic pets as well. You’ll discover what your Cherry Shrimps like to eat, what your other pets prefer, how fast they eat the food you tried, and if there are any bullies stealing food.

If you have a species-only tank, you can monitor their progress and see if they’re benefitting from the new food. Cherry Shrimp are healthy if they’re breeding, have bright coloration, and are molting.

Tip #4: Don’t forget to clean up

If you don’t find any remains of the food you tried, that’s great. But if the food remained untouched for 1 to 2 hours, remove it right away so as not to cause a bacterial bloom.

It would greatly help if you don’t miss out on your weekly water changes and periodic tank cleaning. Most people find uneaten food and unwanted stuff in the tank at these times, so it would be the perfect occasion to tidy up.

Tip #5: Always test your water

Having an API Master Test kit is a must for every aquarist. A sudden increase in nitrate levels should alert you already for possible water contamination. Testing every 1 to 2 weeks is enough unless you find obvious problems like cloudy water and dying Cherry Shrimp.

A Balanced Diet, A Balanced Tank

We’ve always said that variety is the key to keeping a fish healthy. It’s the same case for Red Cherry Shrimp. Giving them alternatives to the usual such as a tiny piece of banana, half of a shelled, blanched pea, or half a cut open green bean is a great idea so they can get needed minerals from natural sources.

However, the cleanliness of your tank water is of utmost importance. Remember how sensitive Cherry Shrimp are to sudden changes in water parameters? Don’t go crazy for sugary food such as fruits and forget the cleanup part of this equation. Keep that balance as with everything and your Cherry Shrimp will be healthy and happy.

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