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Re: Live foods
> Daphnia are easy, but it helps to find a variety that lives wild in your
> climate. We can get good starters, every spring, as transient ponds that
> have no fish are nearly always loaded. [CA dries up in summer. :-(] I'm
> getting the feeling that their nutritious value is best when they get
> natural foods, just like the BS, above. Feeding yeasts and baby foods
> have worked for me, but green water and the bacteria and infusoria from
> rich leaf mulm may be the richest for the fish.
I would put in a good word for looking in waters in which in fish don't
exist at any time. Some of our temporary ponds may have over flows from
streams in the spring. While one doesn't hear this warning much now-a-days,
in the hobby literature of 50 years ago, where a proportionately greater
number of hobbyists collected Daphnia than now, warnings of Daphnia bearing
disease organisms were fairly frequent.
Gotta ponder Wright's observation about "natural foods" for the Daphnia.
Every spring the wild cherry tree blooms like crazy and then the flowers
fall into the cultures with the rains. Briefly it is a pain in the neck
harvesting. But the Daphnia never reproduce better than then.
All the best!
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- Live foods
- From: George & Melanie Caruso <caraway at erienet_net>
- Re: Live foods
- From: Wright Huntley <jwwiii at pacbell_net>