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Re: Live Foods Digest V3 #140

The best place to get a starter culture of Daphnia is your local Aquarium
Hopefully there is one close to you.
Most likely you will find someone in the club maintaining Daphnia. Hobbyists
are always willing to share cultures with other fellow Hobbyists. Sometimes
club members bring cultures in to club meetings to donate to the Auction
(helps run the club).
 It is always beneficial to have others nearby keeping cultures, since if
one person's crashes then you can easily get a replacement from another's
Try this route first before you pay for one.

I would recommend a larger culture container than 1 gallon.
For best low maintenance results use a large drum (or Garbage can) outdoors,
once the days warms up again.

-- John

> From: "Tomoko Schum" <tomokoschum at earthlink_net>
> Subject: Daphnia culture (Newbie question)
> Hi everyone,
> I have sent a message an hour or so ago
> but it does not seem to have gotten to
> the list for some reason.  So I am
> sending my message again.  Please
> forgive me if I end up posting the same
> message twice.
> I am thinking about placing an order for
> Daphnia and other live food culture from
> LFS cultures or Moina from Segrest
> Farms.  Reading the food section of the
> Krib and archives of this list got me
> excited about Daphnia/Moina.  I am
> looking for the sources for varied diet
> for my apistogramma and their tankmates.
> I am currently using bbs and blackworms
> in addition to flake food.  I have been
> hatching the bbs successfully for a few
> weeks now.  But I have not been able to
> grow them on to adulthood.  I would
> really like to have a reliable
> self-perpetuating culture like the red
> wiggler worms I maintain for composting
> kitchen scraps for the garden outdoor.
> Unfortunately the beautiful red wigglers
> I grow are too big for my fish.  There
> are millions of baby worms in the
> container, but I can not harvest the
> babies so easily.  I hope Daphnia/Moina
> is as easy to raise as these red wiggler
> worms.
> Before I place my order for these little
> beauties, I would like to get some
> recommendation from the experienced
> people on this list.
> I noticed that LFS cultures carries
> various live-food starter kits.  I am
> considering their Daphnia kit that
> contains large D. magna or D. pulex (my
> choice) culture, large Euglena culture,
> 4 oz. Daphnia food, and step by step
> instructions for $35.00.  Do you think
> this would be a good starter kit for
> someone like me or is this a bit of an
> overkill?  Should I just grow my own
> greenwater and order just a Daphnia
> culture?
> I prepared a small container of
> fertilizer spiked water this morning and
> inoculated the water with the green
> stuff I found growing on my dog's
> outdoor water bowl.  I put them on the
> windowsill along with my African violet
> collection.  I doubt that this would be
> enough to feed a large Daphnia culture
> but I can use it as a seed to prepare a
> larger batch of green water, if I am
> successful at growing one (daphnia or
> green water).  Can someone give me a
> recommendation for the efficient method
> to grow greenwater and how much/often to
> feed them to Daphnia?
> I intend to split the starter culture
> into two one-gallon size plastic
> containers (the inexpensive type that
> Petco sells for keeping various small
> creatures).  Do you think these work OK
> or should I get two 5 gallon aquarium
> tanks?  As far as water is concerned, I
> can let some tap water sit around for
> few days to age or use a portable water
> filter jug (the kind some people put
> into a fridge) to filter out impurities.
> If Amquel is not good for Daphnia, what
> de-chlorinator should I use in case of
> an emergency water change?
> I am sorry for a long message.  I would
> really appreciate your recommendations.
> TIA,
> Tomoko Schum
> Madison, Alabama
> ------------------------------
> Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 20:12:31 -0800 (PST)
> From: J Miller <ruddigar_99 at yahoo_com>
> Subject: mites + compost worms
>   I have a pretty bad mite infestation in my compost worm culture.  Now
> I can't find any of the tiny worms that I used to feed my dwarf
> cichlids.  I'm wondering if I keep the moisture up it'll wipe out the
> mites because they didn't show up until I got lazed and stopped wetting
> it down every day.  Then I was harvesting a bunch of the tiny ones
> every other day.
> Thanks for the info.
> =====
> J. Miller
> Edmonton, AB, Can.
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