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Re: Supplimenting Live BBS with Vitamins
To: KillieTalk; Killis List
From: Boulet-CSB046 Stephen on Tue, Oct 28, 1997 7:39 AM
Subject: Re: Supplimenting Live BBS with Vitamins
Two thoughts struck me about this post:
1) I wonder if my liquid vitamin supplement and calcuim supplement is
soluble or non-soluble, and so if filter feeders absorb it. (The vitamin is
made by Kent Marine, and they claim on their web site that putting some in
with some adult brine shrimp overnight in the fridge is a good way to get
the vitamins to the fish).
2) If I were San Francisco Bay Brand, I would start marketing enriched
frozen brine shrimp to the aquarium market. In their marketing, they need to
'educate' their customers to the benefits of enriched brine shrimp, and
distinguish themselves from their competitors. I for one would buy their
product if they did this. After all, their competitor Hikari already offers
'enriched' frozen brine shrimp for the aquarium market, and I buy that
whenever I can (it's hard to find for me, though their enriched blood worms
I buy and use very often).
-- Stephen Boulet
stephenbou at aol_com
Several weeks ago there was a question on the killifish list
about supplementing freshly hatched BBS with vitamins,
calcium, etc. I wrote David Kawahigashi at San Francisco
Bay Brand on this subject and here is his reply:
Although we do not market any enrichment formula, we do
enrich and freeze live adult Artemia with a HUFA formula and
Spirulina algae for the aquaculture and aquarium markets.
However, almost all of the sales for these two enriched
products go to the aquaculture market due to the
"unawareness" of the benefits of bioenrichment in the
I am now working on bioenriching Haematococcus algae
(super high astaxanthin for color enhancement) and some
anti-bacterials into our live Artemia for product development.
Because Artemia are non-selective and continuous
filter-feeders, pretty much anything can be taken into
the gut of a live Artemia, as long as the particle size is
between 5-50 microns. Vitamin supplements must be in a
non-soluble form as Artemia cannot "drink" soluble
I hope this sheds some light on this interesting subject. You
may share this info to other colleagues if you wish and I'll be
happy to answer any other questions.
Thanks for your interest!
SF Bay Brand
baybrand at best_com