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Non-member submission from ["Baz" <m00mt700 at mcmail_com>]   

From: "Baz" <m00mt700 at mcmail_com>
To: Live-Foods at actwin_com
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 12:20:51 +0000
Subject: Re: Live Foods Digest V2 #163

I recently joined the group after experiencing problems raising 
batches of colisa chuna - the Honey Gourami.  Its a very 
small fish. Spawning is no problem - but getting the feeding right 
seems to be difficult.  I hope it is appropriate to discuss infusoria 
cultures here - after all, its food and its live.

I have read extensively from aquarium books, and still three 
successive broods of fry have been lost due to what appears to be 
lack of food.  Many books say feed newly hatched brine shrimp.  but 
thats a bit like giving a new born babe a cow to eat!  Brine shrimp 
is just too big for them.

I have tried the usual method infusoria culture, decaying vegetable 
matter in a large vessel and let the culture develop.  When placed 
into the tank, the paramecium can be seen whirling around, usually 
around the bottom of the the tank, but little evidence of the fry 

I tried some of the commercial preparations (Tetra Liquifry), which 
only produced masses and masses of planaria worms.  Whatever 
the text books say, these certainly DO kill fry.  I have a large 
hand lens and have watched planaria fall onto fry, attach
themselves. The fry then goes into a spiral nose dive and is soon 

Some of the fish talked about here as food fish must produce fry 
as least as small as my Honey Gouramis.  What do you feed your 
tiny fry on?  And any tips on culturing infusoria?
Baz  (London).
bwatts at mcmail_com