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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-06-2005, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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Question Live daphnia?

Where can I find live daphnia? There is a place local to me that sells 100 daphnia eggs for $50.00! Not willing to pay that much for EGGS!!! Can I go to a pond and collect them? If so how would I go about doing that? Also would like to find some Hyalella (Scuds) and some Gammarus.

I was thinking about setting up a 20 gallon 'fuge to rear them in that is connected to my main display.....
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Just look around for ponds, collection ponds from agricultural runoff, anything not flowing and nutrient rich. Daphnias go through cycles of population growth and reduction/total die-off, so at various times of the year there might be more or less, sometimes small ones, big ones, red ones, gray/green ones, sometimes other crustaceans like Cyclops, sometimes mosquito larvae... it's quite interesting actually.
Basically you take a net, perhaps with an extended handle, move it around in an 8 shaped motion without stirring up mud or falling in. Then you put the harvest into a glass or plastic container.
Be aware that there can be sometimes nasties riding along with the good stuff... so there is some risk that some of us rather avoid. I think my fishies are the happiest when they can hunt some live crustaceans, so...


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That's exactly what I'm doing it for. Seems like fish behave more like....well...fish when they can hunt for their own food. Not to mention it's a cost cutter in the long run... And the nasties I can deal with. Things like dragonfly larvae and water beetles I can sort out....
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Thumbs up Daphnia Link

http://www.livefoodcultures.com/Daphnia.html

I bought my daphnia starter culture from these guys, very resonably priced. Good overall experience
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