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Just a word of caution on the cyclops. Both Innes and the first Vol. of the
Baensch Atlases note that while they eat bacteria, algae (spirulina
especially), detritus and what-have-you, they do have crab like claws and
can dig into fry. Charles Masters in his Encyclopedia of Live Foods is also
ambivalent about their use, noting that several of their copepod relatives
are parasitic on fishes.
I have also noticed a bloom when that old male Aphyosemion living by himself
in a corner tank, finally expired of natural causes. There must have been
some cyclops sheltering under the sponge filter, because their numbers
zoomed while the carcass of the deceased got smaller, especially in the area
of the viscera, very quickly. I never have had the nerve to feed these
explosions to killie fry.
I do have them in the Daphnia cultures. I sieve them out and don't feed them
to the smallest fry. The cyclopseeze might be a better candidate for them,
although the smallest sizes of newly hatched cyclops (nauplius or water
mites) undoubtedly would make great micro-food.
If there is interest I will summarize Masters' suggestions for their
cultures later this evening. I've gotta get out of here for an auction now.
But I wanted to mention the almost standard disclaimer issued by the live
foods gurus when considering cyclops.
All the best!
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