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Fd Filamentosum Ouidah - Republic of Benin
Grown only on Daphnia:
There are discussions that daphnia are not nutritious enough to support
fish when used as the only food. I offer some counter evidence.
I bought eggs of the above FIL from Joe Bulterman at the CAKA meeting on
5/13/00. Tiny eggs they were. Kept in a small container with some java
moss. The first fry was noted on 5/22/00 and started on infusoria. On
6/3/00 11 fry were moved to a plastic "cool whip" container, and continued
feeding infusoria and small daphnia. Traded one pair out to Lee Harper.
Since that time, they have been fed daphnia pulex or daphnia magna, with
maybe three feedings of cyclopeeze. They are housed in a 1 1/2 gallon
shoebox, no filtration. Have six males and two females. The females were
getting rounded bellies so I decided it was time to see if anything was
happening. I made a "java moss mop" a couple of days ago and put it in the
box. This morning, voila, an egg. Probably more as they are little
stinkers hard to find in the java. The mop will come off today to go to its
own container for hatching.
I expect the hatch to go well, so if the parents are healthy enough to
be producing eggs, I figure they must be doing OK on daphnia alone. I have
obtained a white worm culture that I hope will someday supplement the
daphnia. For now they seem very happy.
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