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What to Feed Pet Snails, Shrimp, Lobsters and Crabs

The right diets for your aquarium invertebrates


Hints and Differences

Aquarium invertebrates are bottom-dwellers who tend to have some--but not all--dietary traits in common,

Snails help keep the tank clean by eating any algae that might grow in there, but they also enjoy commercial flake and pellet foods.

Lobsters, crabs and shrimp must be fed pellet food that sinks to the bottom of the tank. Feed them as much as they can eat in three minutes, twice a day. These invertebrates also like freeze-dried brine shrimp, bloodworms and tubifex worms.

One tip: Make sure your fish aren’t gluttons! They might eat all the food before your bottom-dwellers get a chance. Keep an eye on this, or you’ll have fat fish and starving invertebrates.

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