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Self Renewing Source of Live Food
KI>Is there any worm/shrimp/organism that I can grow in a tank and feed to my f
Daphnia comes to mind. I have a small culture going in my ponds that I
feed from in the summer, but I plan to pull some into a 40 gallon tub
for the winter and see if I can get enough to feed the fish. There are
several people in my local aquarium club (Columbus Area Fish
Enthusiasts) that do this successfully. My guess is that the hard part
will be providing the light levels needed to keep the algae growth rate
(green water) high enough to keep up with the daphnia.
I also culture whiteworms in buckets in the basement (the only part of
the house that stays cool enough in the summer), and I have been able to
do well enough with them to feed the fish a meal a couple of times a
week. I try not to feed them more often since they have been implicated
in causing fatty deposits around the livers of some fish.
Microworms and vinegar eels are also pretty easy for me to culture and I
use them as first foods for most of my fry, then graduate to sifted
daphnia and mosquito larvae.
Brine shrimp egg prices have gone through the roof in the past couple of
years, and I try to feed other things since my budget is rather tight. I
still have some on hand and use them for fish that seem to need a treat.
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