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Feeding Live Food
June 20, 2008
2:04 pm
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Headdy
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This is going to sound like a really dumb question, but I haven't seen it explained anywhere.

When I bought my newer fish (the rasboras and shrimp), I also took a gamble on some live daphnia. They came in a [very tightly tied] plastic bag with plenty of water.
My question is, how do you transfer the live food from the bag to the tank? I'm guessing you shouldn't add the water.

Also, what do you do with the rest of the live food?

June 20, 2008
2:19 pm
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I pour it through a fine-grade aquarium or brine shrimp net so the water goes down the sink and the critters get caught in the net. I generally throw the whole bag in with Daphnia as they can survive in fresh water so they all get picked off eventually. If you don´t want to use all of them and have a spare container handy (or pond) you can keep them outside during the summer. They reproduce very easily. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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June 21, 2008
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Hmmm... I would have thought the fish would eat them all up at once, but I might just try that. I don't have anything I could really store them in!

June 21, 2008
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speaking of live foods...has anyone kept their own cultures of anything easy to raise and good for the fish? It's getting hard around here to get live food. Everyone does frozen..sigh

June 21, 2008
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Yeah I´ve cultured Daphnia, brine shrimp, micro worm, white worms, infusoria, vinegar eels and even earthworms (you´ll call em nightcrawlers I guess) over the years, although most of these are only really suitable for fry. I bet a few others on here have used some of these too. As I said up above, Daphnia is dead easy to culture outdoors in warmish weather if you want food for adult fish, and chopped earthworm is a brilliant food too. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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June 21, 2008
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QUOTE(Matt @ Jun 21 2008, 06:18 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
chopped earthworm is a brilliant food too. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

chopped? /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" />

June 21, 2008
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Yes, although I´m not sure your "iaito" will be required. /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> Then again....

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June 22, 2008
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QUOTE(Matt @ Jun 21 2008, 11:37 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, although I´m not sure your "iaito" will be required. /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> Then again....

then again , that way it is more fun /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

June 25, 2008
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i keep banana worm, microworm, grindle worm, newly hatched brineshrimp and infusoria cultures always on the go.
but i do buy daphnia from a reliable source where the risk of disease is minimal.
i try not to use frozen apart from bloodworm and mysis shrimp. i find the frozen cyclops etc to be no good as a food. it always seems to be in 'bits'

July 26, 2008
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I currently culture vinegar eel, banana worm, micro worm, grindal worm, white worm, artemia and am just about to start hatching my first batch of "fairy shrimp". I got these with a batch of Nothobrancius egs I bought from Thailand. The breeder supplies fairy shrimp and brine shrimp eggs with the killi eggs. Claiming that because of the small size, fry survival will be enhanced using fairy shrimp for a few days before moving them onto artemia.

Unfortunately I cannot find any decent info on hatching fairy shrimp (I appreciate this is a name also used for brine shrimp in some places, but the two are different species) other than addd the eggs to fresh water and wait. Has anyone any experience with these?

I also feed live earthworms. And I genuinely don't understand why more people do not culture their own live foods? My celestial pearl danios and black phantom tetras are fed exclusively on banana worms, micro worms, vinegar eels and brine shrimp. Their growth rate is excellent and their colouration fantastic. And they spawn in the tank regularly.

December 20, 2008
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Nice! Exactly the tread I was looking for! But tell... how do you breed those worm your talking about, it sound interesting.

December 22, 2008
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Hmm, not sure any of those mentioned grow big enough to satisfy the diet of your tiddler Nairbon... /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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