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Old 10-19-2012, 02:59 AM   #31
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Meowkitty wants some too...

I'm sure people at the meet will want some. Just not sure whether I can keep them alive until then in 1 gallon of water? lol. or I can dump the rest with you and you figure it out
Aight. I got a spare 2.5 gallon I can keep them in. Not sure how to keep them alive though. Any tips to keeping daphnia?
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:59 AM   #32
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Meowkitty wants some too...

I'm sure people at the meet will want some. Just not sure whether I can keep them alive until then in 1 gallon of water? lol. or I can dump the rest with you and you figure it out
Honestly, with a gallon of water, don't bother. When I was a teenager, I ordered monia, magna, pulex, and another rare species that was a predator. I tried to culture them in small bodies of water. Quarts, gallon jugs, and things like that. I just doesn't work in the long run. Its really hard to culture them in smaller containers. Except for monia. Still hard but very doable. With magna your gonna need a bigger container or your going to be wasting your time.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:05 AM   #33
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Honestly, with a gallon of water, don't bother. When I was a teenager, I ordered monia, magna, pulex, and another rare species that was a predator. I tried to culture them in small bodies of water. Quarts, gallon jugs, and things like that. I just doesn't work in the long run. Its really hard to culture them in smaller containers. Except for monia. Still hard but very doable. With magna your gonna need a bigger container or your going to be wasting your time.
even with plants? I dont plan to have them furiously replicate. I just want them for some fun...

I have seedshrimps, scuds and cyclops in a quart jar... they seem to be doing ok... >.>

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Old 10-19-2012, 03:15 AM   #34
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even with plants? I dont plan to have them furiously replicate. I just want them for some fun...

I have seedshrimps, scuds and cyclops in a quart jar... they seem to be doing ok... >.>

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I understand the feeling. Honestly I consider my daphnia as pets. But magna has a density problem. They need more space and if they feel that they are over crowed, they will produce resting eggs. That or the population will just crash. In either case, 1 gallon is extremely hard to culture magna in.

Hydra on the other hand, is awesome! I use to have a colony of green hydra. They were so cool because they actually contained chlorophyll and didn't have to eat all the time as long as there was light. I would feed them daphnia once in a while. Some people might think this is crazy, but I find them fascinating. They do amazing in small containers
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ok ,_____, well if any one else gets a culture... I would still like to try D:
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ok ,_____, well if any one else gets a culture... I would still like to try D:
hmmmm..... How big are scuds? I've been trying to find something bigger to feed my apistos. Perhaps a trade? Scuds for my monia?

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XD i dont have enough to trade. but acitydweller has a culture
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm trying to stick to strict aquatics because I live in my parents' house, and I can totally explain a tub of water with something in it. Worm cultures? Little bit harder to convince my mom that they're not dirty.
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Tried to take some photos of a scud...
I guess he's trying to mate with the snail...
but they are aggressive breeders:/





Best I could do with my iphone... enjoy.
The plant is Naja grass
theres also a batch of seed shrimps just under the snail. (dots)
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Hydra on the other hand, is awesome! I use to have a colony of green hydra. They were so cool because they actually contained chlorophyll and didn't have to eat all the time as long as there was light. I would feed them daphnia once in a while. Some people might think this is crazy, but I find them fascinating. They do amazing in small containers
Hydra <3 All of mine have disappeared since I added Pygmy cories. (I wonder where they went....) - anyone have any they want to share?
If you guys are going ahead with a daphnia buy, and if there's enough, count me in. Another bug lover here. Where's MeowKitty?
Those are really nice pics, aokashi.
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OMG the scud is SO CUTE!

Augh, I'll never be able to feed that to anything. I gotta think of some way to hide a worm culture.
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For how big of a fish? Harlequin rasbora big or full-grown angel big?
The moina I feed seem to be the perfect size for Harlequins and small tetras.
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:11 PM   #43
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I have kept all kinds of live food cultures. Monia, daphnia, grindal worms, white worms, micro/banana/walter worms, vinegar fruit flies, infusoria, tubifex, blackworms and plant worms. Oh and springtails but that was an accident.

In the end it all depends on what your goal is and what fishes you keep. Tubifex worms hands down for me in terms of nutrition. Nothing makes a fish grow and breed faster than tubifex worms. Horrible to culture them though. Microworms are so easy and they keep your fry alive. But they don't really have much nutrion at all. I love daphnia/monia but nutrition all depends on what you feed your daphnia. Relatively good staple food though.

If time and space is a concern along with not being able to be consistante enough to maintain a culture, use golden pearls. Really its not bad at all. Even for fry raising. As long as its fresh, it will do the job.

If you are looking for live food cultures, let me know which ones and I can prepare one but otherwise I don't normally keep cultures large enough to sell anymore.
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Hydra <3 All of mine have disappeared since I added Pygmy cories. (I wonder where they went....) - anyone have any they want to share?
Whoa cool I didn't know pygmy corries eat hydra. Well I am planning on getting more green hydra. I order it from biological supply labs. But right now I am trying to find the largest species of hydra because as cool as they are, they were so small that it was not exactly easy to observe them eating.

Also sometimes I accidentally contaminate my daphnia or fry tanks with a predictable disaster senario. So thats why I was planning to get spixi snails to keep me covered. But now that you mention cories eating them, I might have a pretty good alternative.

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Also does anyone have a scud culture large enough to sell some? I'm trying to see if my apistos can eat scuds. My worm cultures were never large enough to feed them all the time.
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