Do I need to enrich frozen mysis shrimp?

 

No, but it is recommended to enrich the mysis shrimp to increase its nutritional value for your seahorses.  This will promote general health, growth, color and resistance to disease.  

The problem with a mysis-only diet, is that mysis has a very high ratio of the Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (HUFAs) Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) to Dososahexaenoic Acid (DHA).  It is best to balance that ratio by means of enrichments/supplements.  

There are many products on the market today, each offering different nutritional components.  Here are several products that we use; each can be found in the Food & Enrichment section of our store:

  • SELCO, Self Emulsified Lipid Concentrate, is a marine livestock enrichment that has been a staple enrichment formula in aquaculture for many years. It is rich in HUFAs and vitamins.
  • Bio-Marine AlgaMac-3050 DHA 10% + Protein is a pure schizochytrium algae that has been dried into flakes.  It is very high in DHA levels. The formula must be added to saltwater in an electric blender to be used as an enrichment. 
  • Spirulina Algae Powder contains a strain of the blue-green algae, Arthrospira platensis (formerly Spirulina platensis), harvested from the Pacific. It is a great source of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It is particularly rich in carotenoid and xanthophyll pigments, factors important to attaining bright skin colors in captive fish.
  • Paracoccus Bacteria Powder is a dried paracoccus bacterial powder, a natural source of astaxanthin and other carotenoids used to increase pigmentation and brighten fish skin colors.
  • Brightwell Aquatics GarlicPower is a liquid concentrate that can be used to entice newly-added or finicky seahorses to begin feeding. The extract also contains a small amount of vitamin C.  Soak thawed mysis shrimp in a small amount of garlic extract for several minutes prior to feeding. 

Follow manufacturer recommendations on refrigeration and enrichment process and quantities.  Typically, you simply need to place the thawed mysis in a container with the enrichment product and then soak overnight prior to feeding.

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