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Re: Daphnia Rearing
There are several ways to rear daphnia... Info can be found in the live food
section at the AKA website. One of the most popular ways is to use a 10
gallon tank that is aireated and receives sun light. Daphnia feeds off the
green water. Snails in the tank will produce waste which helps to promote
green water. One method that was passed on to me which has given me good
results is: Same setup previously mentioned. Feed the culture strained
sweet potatoe baby food. Take a small teaspoon and whoosh the baby food
into the culture. Of course the most important thing to do is to know when
to cull/startup a new culture. After you've had them awhile, you'll learn
the "cycle" and when to start a new culture. I'm sure you'll get other
feedback, which in itself will be interesting to read.
Greg A. Simpson
>Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 21:08:45 PDT
>From: "Jon Aquì" <ohimo at hotmail_com>
>Subject: Daphnia rearing
>Well, here I go again w/ my endless questions. A couple of weeks ago, I
>bought a packet of Triop eggs, and while they're well on their way to
>becoming the vicious little carnivores that they're purported to be, I seem
>to have gotten quite the colony of stowaways w/ said eggs: From what I can
>tell, they are the common water flea, aka (how ironic is that? Using "aka"
>on the AKA website, I mean) Daphnia. Don't ask if they're pulex, or
>whatever the other one is, I really don't know. What I'd like to know,
>however, is how to raise them so I can actually feed them to my killies.
>Ideally, I'd like to think that no all would be eaten, and seeing as how I
>have planted killie tanks, I'd think some would hide in those and maybe
>breed on their own. Anyway, what do I need to do as far as water conditions
>and feeding go? Thanks again, folks.
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