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Re: Moina macrocopa
I am the origin of Kevin Maloney's supply of Moina about six months ago. I
admit I do not have an accurate ID on this crustacea as obtained it at a
professional fish farmer show about 15 years ago and have had it continually
since that time. As noted it is very prolific and, unlike Daphnia pulex it
survives our hot summers as well cool winters. Daphnia pulex cultures
invariably crash in hot or cold weather which made it a tenuous source of live
food in Florida, but this critter just keeps reproducing ( better in the hot
weather) all year. Grossly, it is smaller than D. pulex, and its behavior is
different, but it looks like "plain old daphnia" to me. If you are an
authority, George, I will gladly furnish some for an accurate ID.
Keep your head down and your house "buttoned up" if Hurricane Bonnie moves to
your area. This is a huge storm and is certainly moving very slowly. Be lucky
and take good care of your fish.