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FreshPuff 01-01-2013 10:39 PM

Looking to start a daphnia culture
Do you know where I can find/purchase daphnia locally? I have a few picky eaters that could benefit from a daphnia diet. Please let me know:icon_smil Thank you for your time.

Disher 01-27-2013 07:58 PM

Looking to start a daphnia culture
I'd just purchase a culture online and get started from there

FreshPuff 02-01-2013 02:32 AM

That's what I ended up doing. It took me 2 attempts though. apparently they don't do very well when shipped! I have been running a culture for a couple of weeks now. Also starting a Grindal worm culture as well. So far so good:) Thanks for the advise though.

polukoff 02-01-2013 04:19 AM

FreshPuff, I have active cultures if you ever want some diversified genetics.

FreshPuff 02-02-2013 02:39 AM

That would be great! As of now I am just starting the culture so it may be a while till it's time. What kind of daphnia are you culturing? No wonder why your bettas are so colorful!

polukoff 02-02-2013 02:43 AM

Daphnia Magna

polukoff 02-02-2013 02:44 AM

Might buy Daphnia Pulex soon.

Dave-H 02-02-2013 10:26 PM

I am wanting to try again with daphnia, too.

Right now I have a 2.5 gallon tank that I use as a snail farm for my puffers. It has tons of ramshorns, a few neocardinas, and that's about it. Every few days I drop some algae wafers, maybe some Ken's veggie sticks, or some flake into the little tank and they snails are just exploding and sustained for months. I do a 90% water change 1x each month and that's it.

There's an assortment of live plants in there, and I always have some of them in a state of decay, to try and keep the water full of microbes and rotting plants, which seems to work. It actually stays incredibly clean in there!

I am starting to wonder what might happen if I were to just throw some daphnia in there. With nothing to eat them, I wonder if I coudld keep them going!

FreshPuff 02-04-2013 09:48 PM

Not sure what the outcome would be but they constantly eat what ever is floating in the water column. I feed mine a mix of spirulina powder and activated yeast. Also, snails require calcium as so do the daphnia. Snails will use up most of the calcium in the water for their shells and leave the daphnia with not enough for their own carapace. I read that daphnia tend to do poorly with snails because of this... Again, just something I read.
Daphnia are cheap and you only need a small number of them to get a colony started so why not experiment!

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