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Re: Live Foods Digest V3 #325

Hello Ed,

There are hundereds different Daphnid species -- and twice as many ways
of breeding them!

Since you are an old hand at breeding Daphnia, just do what you used to
do, keep several cultures going, as insurance against a crash, and
experiment with one culture only.

Medium hard water is generally thought to be ideal. But if you have a
Daphnia source in a duck pond, the critters are used to that water and
will do best in it. 

There are many commercial sources of Daphnids
(http://www.lfscultures.com/). Some people prefer Moina
(http://www.thebugfarm.bigstep.com), which is smaller and, under
suitable conditions, more productive. But I would start with your duck
pond -- if it contains Daphnids. They will probably do best in local



> ------------------------------
> Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 09:10:00 -0800
> From: Ed Dumas <a4a48835 at telus_net>
> Subject: Re: Live Foods Digest V3 #324
> On Tue, 19 Mar 2002, Bill wrote:
> > I've maintained daphnia for several years on a simple food made from
> > two tsps. of bread yeast and one cup of soy flour.  I feed about 1/4 tbsp. of
> > this mixture to a 35 gallon container of daphnia and it works fine.  Don't
> > overfeed.  I feed about once a day or when the water becomes almost clear.
> I am new to this list, and to the idea of raising my own foods for my
> fish. Raising Daphnia seems like a good place to try, because I have
> used wild caught Daphnia before and have had great success with them. I
> used to live near large standing duck ponds that would literally boil
> with the things, until the city decided they didn't want them around
> anymore.
> Can you tell me more about the conditions you use to raise Daphnia?
> Water temperature, lighting, indoors or out, possible filtration (I
> doubt), and the like. Also where does one get a starter culture? Back to
> the duck ponds?
> Thanks so much.
> Ed Dumas