Dapnia magna Starter Culture £3 (£6.80 posted)
Moina also available (check out my other add).
Discount price of £5 applies if you were buying two different starters (£8.80 posted).
Daphnia (Water Flea) is a type of a crustacean from the family Cladocera.
You’ll have a choice between the two species that differ in size: Daphnia magna is bigger and grows up to 5mm in diameter, whereas Daphnia pulex reaches only 3mm in diameter. I also have a culture of Moina going (0.4 – 1mm diameter) and that is also available. Moina has a higher protein and fat content.
Daphnias are a popular live food in tropical, marine, and industrial fish keeping. They are often fed to tadpoles or small species of amphibians such as the African Dwarf Frog but also Axolotles and Turtles.
Nutritional values (dry weight):
• 40% protein (30-60%),
• 5% fat (66% of poly-unsaturated fatty acids: omega-3 and omega-6),
• 1 – 4% carbohydrates
• 30% minerals,
• Rate of absorption 90%!
Feeding, growing and harvesting Daphnia
- Container (the bigger, the better but a minimum of 10L)
- De-chlorinated water
- Air pump/air line
- Small top light (alternatively, indirect sunlight)
- Food for your cladocerans (I feed ground fish food, spirulina powder, rice flour, green pea powder – also yeast can be used)
- Can be kept outdoors too
Water parameters don’t matter but pollutants have to be removed by means of water changes as per any fish tank (50% weekly changes in my experience work best if intensive feeding programme is implemented).
Container could be a simple 10L bucket and if it’s black then the cladocerans will aggregate at the very top and will be easy to spot. Bigger containers give more stable water conditions.
Slow bubbles are recommended to keep the water moving as food is being eaten when suspended in the body of water.
Tiny air bubbles might be mistaken for food and ingested which can lead to death thus air stones are not recommended.
Sponge filter can be used.
Kept indoors and outdoors in Severn Trent water:
KH 80ppm (x 0.056) = 4.5
GH 180ppm (/ 17.1) = 10.5
Collection from Kenmore Crescent in Coalville. Cash is acceptable or you can pay ahead through PayPal (gift option) and use my email address: email@example.com
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