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Old 09/24/2018, 03:45 PM   #1
Calappidae
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Deli food for stomatopods

I wanted to start a discussion regarding using deli seafood as substitutions for live prey and pet-brand frozen foods.

I have in the past fed my stomatopods frozen cooked baby bay clams and they loved them, they had no specific ingredients added so it was just natural pure clams, so I tried them and they became an excellent local alternative for when the pet stores are out of reach (its an hour trip to the closest LFS and 20 minutes to the closest petco. Roads freezing and flooding is a big deal sometimes.)

Well... the clams were nice and all but apparently my stomatopod wasn't a regular enough customer to keep them from being discontinued at the store

So this is where I'm questioning if fresh deli seafood is an option, 1) is it an option? 2) should it be served to the shrimp raw or cooked?)


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Old 09/24/2018, 06:48 PM   #2
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Itís amusing when you ask for just 1 clam/shrimp/oyster.


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Old 09/24/2018, 07:50 PM   #3
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We get a large bag of frozen raw shrimp (prawns) at Safeway for 9 bucks. I keep them in the freezer and cut/defrost chunks as needed.
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Old 09/24/2018, 09:41 PM   #4
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Itís amusing when you ask for just 1 clam/shrimp/oyster.


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Lol I ask for just a few so itíll actually weigh something!


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Old 09/25/2018, 04:31 AM   #5
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1) yes, it is an option. Try to verify that the seafood isn’t treated with any preservatives.

2) raw is best. I cut up a shrimp, clam or scallop into correct portion sizes and place it in a ziplock baggie. Add a little ro/di to the baggie and let all the air out then lay it flat in the freezer and disperse the food bits evenly into the bag. Then I just break off ansection during feeding time and thaw in a bit of tank water. I have been doing this for a long time for my lion and mantis. Since doing this I haven’t had any issues with freezer burnt or dried out food.


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Old 09/25/2018, 05:07 PM   #6
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1) yes, it is an option. Try to verify that the seafood isnít treated with any preservatives.

2) raw is best. I cut up a shrimp, clam or scallop into correct portion sizes and place it in a ziplock baggie. Add a little ro/di to the baggie and let all the air out then lay it flat in the freezer and disperse the food bits evenly into the bag. Then I just break off ansection during feeding time and thaw in a bit of tank water. I have been doing this for a long time for my lion and mantis. Since doing this I havenít had any issues with freezer burnt or dried out food.
I'm going to try this! Real informative.

Glad to know that there is a local easier homemade method to feeding our aquatics.


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