What Do Shrimps Eat?


Shrimp eat polychaete worms, amphipods, nematodes, crustacean larvae, isopods, and copepods. They also feed on grass shrimp, small fishes, square-back crabs and fiddler crabs. Shrimp are also known to be cannibalistic and they will scavenge on dead animals that may be leftovers from other predators.
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There are many different species of shrimp, all of which occupy low positions in the food chain and as such they have numerous predators such as flamingos, octopi, squid, cuttlefish and man. Shrimp in turn eat plant materials and smaller sea creatures.
Shrimps have many predators including several species of fish and birds in particular the flamingos. Other natural predators of saltwater shrimp include the octopi, squid and cuttlefish. Many different species of shrimp from moderately sizable marine shrimps to tiny shrimps live in freshwater and in the sea.
Shrimps eat algae and zoo planktons. They are red in colour and are natural swimmers found in seas and freshwater lakes and a staple food for many fishes. They have a life span of about 5 years.
A shrimp eats small plants and animals floating around the water. The small plants and animals are referred to as planktons. The shrimp is therefore considered to be an omnivorous animal. It is useful in cleaning home aquariums as it will eat any dead or decaying plants and animals floating by them.
When shrimp are small, they will eat something called plankton (small plants). After they grow a little bigger, they start eating very small shellfish and worms.
What a shrimp eats depends on its age. Young shrimp eat phytoplankton and zooplankton. Older shrimp will eat worms, shellfish and even dead crabs. Shrimp are sometimes cannibalistic as well, eating other shrimp if they have the chance. You can find more information here: http://www.heiploeg.com/wat-eet-een-garnaal.en_US.html
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