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Re: Live Foods Digest V3 #111
Many daphnia problems come from overfeeding, particulary of yeast, which can
outgrow and outcompete the daphnia once the yeast gets too far ahead.
Also, if you had a bloom and didn't harvest most of it, that can cause a
Maybe a rapid buildup of wastes in the water?
I have two tubs in my furnace room that produce more daphnia than I can use.
To prevent overpopulation I harvest and freeze the excess. I feed about a
half teaspoon of a mixture of yeast and soy flour, dissolved in water, about
5 days a week, when the water gets relatively clear. I don't aerate.
In a message dated 1/22/2001 4:10:05 AM Eastern Standard Time,
Owner-Live-Foods at actwin_com writes:
<< I have had a 15 gal tank going for a few months now with Daphnia.
The other day when I was cleaning out the fridge, I found some cucumber
that had gotten pretty soft, so I thought I'd through it in the Daphnia
I guess that was not such a good idea because now there is hardly
anything to be seen in the tank - save for a few copepods.
Other incidences that have occurred around the same time:
I dropped the air line from about 1.5" from the surface to the bottom
of the tank.
This seemed to clear up the water pretty quick - it would usually
remain cloudy for a few days after feeding, but changed to becoming
clear the next day.
I was feeding a mixture of yeast and crushed prepared fish foods -
enough to cloud the water, but not completely choke them out.
I had a huge bloom about three weeks ago, but the pop'n has gradually
decreased until it crashed yesterday.
Sorry for the longwindedness, but I tried to be as thorough as