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So, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, we'll be making a feast for our aquatic critters at this month's meeting! This year we'll be featuring veggie-based foods, which I have determined are less likely to break my (replacement) blender. Everyone who comes should bring an ingredient to contribute - see the list below.

If anyone has a food dehydrator they could bring for the meeting, that would be great. If not, we'll have to use an oven :)

As usual, anyone who wants to swap plants is welcome to bring them along.

Here's a short list of ingredient suggestions. Please let us know here what you'll be bringing so five people don't bring the same thing :) If you have any other suggestions feel free to mention them.

(defrosted, blanched, or powdered veggies are acceptable. Please don't bring them raw - we need them to be mushable for the project!)

Carrots
Spinach
Peas
Green Beans
Pumpkin/winter squash
Garlic
Alfalfa
Rice Flour
Soybean Meal
Egg White (to use as binder and add a bit of protein)
Spirulina
Vitamin/mineral supplements (oyster shell calcium is good for shrimp foods)

Hope to see you all there!
 

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I think I can make it on this month's meeting, yay! I'll (double) confirm again in the next few days and will post what I can bring...

Michael, you should have filed for the 18 thru 27 so you can join us in the meeting :)


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Yeah, Michael, can't you bail out of higher education a couple days early and come hang out with us? We're a lot more fun than medical research, I promise!

John, good to hear you can (probably) come! Been awhile since we've seen you :)

Luke, I'll mark you down for the soy and spinach! See you soon!
 

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Ok, it's now confirmed and I'll be coming on this weekend's meeting, yay!... I'll bring some baby carrots (cooked?), garlic and probably other ingredients (still have to dig in to the fridge/pantry) for the fish food making...

See you all there!


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Cooked baby carrots would be great. See you there!

Today I received in the mail my contributions: a pound each of powdered alfalfa leaf, powdered wheat grass, and powdered kelp. :)
 

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So, I think the food is popular, several shrimp and snails have been chewing on it, but the issue is that it hasn't broken down in about 48 hours... I guess the dehydration process might have made it too hard for it to soften up in water... Any ideas?
 

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That's actually fairly common with shrimp-specific foods - they don't tend to break down quickly. My azoo shrimp foods, Mosura brand CRS food, etc. all do the same. I think the idea is that one doesn't want the food to break into a bunch of little particles that get caught in the substrate where the shrimp can't get to them, and then make ammonia. Usually if I still see a piece of food in the tank that long after it's been offered, I take it as a sign of overfeeding and use less next time.

In any case, the slow breakdown might indicate too much egg in the mix - egg acts as a binder and all.

I tossed a piece into my pleco tank and they seem to be enjoying themselves :)

Anybody else try the food out yet?
 

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Mine was also bone-dry, I left it drying/cooking in the oven (190F) for about 7-8hrs O.O... I dropped small pieces in one tank and the macro shrimps seems to like it :)


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