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Old 08-25-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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green water question

so, i'm making some green water in order to feed to daphnia(if i ever find some live one's).
I have been throwing some luttice leaves in a big water bottle, and corked it.(the internet told me to use a little jar but the bottle could hold more so why not )
when i checked the water a few weeks later, it smelled like the worst rotten sewer water i have ever smelled.
Is green water supposed to smell that bad? I thought daphnia needed high quality water? if i'm doing something wrong, what am i doing wrong?
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:34 AM   #2
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I think you need more air. I just use an open 5 gal bucket. I get all my daphnia cultures from members of my local club. See if you can find a local club.
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Old 08-25-2014, 12:28 PM   #3
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What you're making are ammonia & bacteria.
Green water needs a lot of light as well. Use sun light or apply aquarium light for 12-24 hours.
If you use sunlight, don't let it get too hot or it'll kill off the green water, maybe 90F.

Use aquarium water and add only a few drops of your smelly water you made.
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