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Live food- Quantity consumed vs sustainable

I feed live food a few times a week: brine shrimp and daphnia mostly. However... brine shrimp are easy, they last all of 30 minutes (in fresh water). Daphnia live in freshwater... so adding them I am always careful....

but how careful do I need to be? How many are too much?
Has there ever been a case of 'daphnia outbreak'?

Im sure my endlers would like a snack in between feedings and fry might like having a live food source 'around'. So how much is too much?

**The tank I worry about is a 6 gallon edge- it has a tiny hole in the top..... I dont know why I keep it because aquascaping is a nightmare (trimming is painful) and I am consistently kicking myself. So I dont want to put in so many that I will never get them out (putting in extra fish is also a issue because getting them out is nearly impossible without destroying my design basically).

How much is too much?
I know they breed every 8 days? anyone have experience with them?
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Unless you are adding something to the water to feed the daphnia I wouldn't think they would have the food required for "an outbreak". Also Your filtration would more than likely take care of them if there were one.
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Lets see...oh yeah, feed smaller amounts! Besides, it's unlikely that the daphnia would last too long as they get gobbled up pretty quickly. For diversity, you might also try micro worms, grindal worms, and white worms. Scuds can be cultured with your daphnia. But these should be backed by a high quality staple commercial food.

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