The market is becoming very aware of shrimp additives and conditioners. Years ago, and I'm talking about 5 years, I took a punt and began selling shrimp conditioners and foods and to be honest it flopped. People just didn't want to buy it. I was too early and ended up giving the stuff away - I was passionate but the rest of the UK market wasn't. It was big in Europe but just not over here.
Ping forward 5 years and it's a very different story. You only need to google the subject to see. That's a reflection of where the market is now. Fancy shrimp galore and now prices have come down, popularity increases. Supply and demand etc.
But the market has also been flooded with different additives that will effect shrimp in some way. And if you're not careful you won't know what to choose as you're spoilt for choice. So just who should be buying these additives?
If you're keeping Cherries, Tigers or Amano's then I just don't think you need to bother. Sure I could be telling you to buy it - that would be easy, but the bottom line is, those sort of shrimp don't really need it. Additives like Genchem White Pellet,
will help improve white banding on Crystal Red Shrimp, but they won't help Cherries or Tigers.
is excellent for higher grade shrimp (like Crystal Reds) that may be a little more sensitive due to their gene pool being much smaller and as a result their off spring could do with a little helping hand.
The message I am trying to get across is think about the sort of shrimp you have before committing to certain additives. And I'm not talking about foods (that's a different subject).
The more 'common shrimp' will need less attention and therefore don't need some of the more exclusive additives. The more premium your shrimp, or the more you have paid for them, generally means they need a bit more looking after.
Shrimp lesson over :)