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    Fissidens splachnabryoides

    I've seen some confusion across various forums about some of the rarer species of fissidens that are used in aquariums but particularly regarding fissidens splachnabryoides. This species was subject to a lot of discussion a few years back when there was more of a craze for aquatic moss and many...
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    Trying to find Pygmy sunfish

    I spent a good while looking for these not long ago, they were another fish along with female scarlet badis that proved quite hard to find in the UK but which was common in Germany when I was over there. If you manage to find any I'd love to hear about your attempts breeding them. I recently...
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    Snails or Otocinclus

    You have access to some amazing shops over there in singapore, please drown us in photos if you're ever visiting any of them. I absolutely love the mini fissidens that seem a lot more common over there.
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    Black tiger badis!

    I've been struggling to get all my scarlet badis fry to accept frozen foods but I've been able to wean them all onto decapsulated brine shrimp eggs which have the convenience of being a dry food while also offering pretty good nutritional value. I'm hoping to now get them transitioned from...
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    Snails or Otocinclus

    Would be interesting to know more. I've always read that otos are relatively sensitive to water quality that's why I find it so interesting that they'd be the sole survivors of this kind of accident. I still think it's as likely that the bacteria decomposing the excess food also caused the...
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    Snails or Otocinclus

    This actually is really interesting. I guess it was probably because the otos could breathe air from the surface while the other fish couldn't?
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    My low budget, low tech tank.

    This is very, very nice. I don't know if this style of scape has a name but it's my favorite by far. I really like the deep shadow.
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    Black tiger badis!

    Very nice. You hoping to breed them then? I bet the males territorial displays will be impressive. Have you found it tricky to get them to accept non live food?
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    Black tiger badis!

    I'm a huge fan of badis! I've got more than 30 Dario dario at the moment!. Have you got a pair of these?
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    I've got 30+ grown on scarlet badis fry now that are eating all the same foods as the adults but actually they can eat much larger daphnia and moina than I expected even when they are still very small - they just keep chewing them and spitting them back out until they're compressed enough for...
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    Bloodworm

    I wonder how they harvest them so cleanly en masse for prepacked livefood sales?
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    Bloodworm

    Here is last nights batch of eggs. They've begun hatching but by this evening that small volume of water will be a seething mass of tiny white larvae.
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    Bloodworm

    At this time of year you should be able to find eggs too. It can be mutch easier to remove a mass of eggs and let them hatch in some tank water. I'm feeding a ton of mosquito and midge larvae at the moment because each night I go and collect eggs from the garden. The midge eggs round here look...
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    Great source of free, clean livefood at this time of year.

    Just a heads up for anyone who has a wormery that it's mosquito season. Not everyone is aware of this but mosquitos are INCREDIBLY attracted to the leachate that many wormeries allow you to drain off via a tap. At the moment I have a bucket of it that I leave out next to the wormery and every...
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    CO2 at start of tank only, dumb idea?

    I've done this before with reasonable results. If you make sure to taper off the co2 supply rather than stop it abruptly and allow floating plants to grow across the surface as you reduce the co2 it can work without many problems. I was only using very slow growing plants that can also cope in...
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    Staghorn Algae Challenge

    Sometimes I get a little bit of staghorn growing on some pieces of lava rock I have some very slow growing mosses on, but if it's growing on something attached to hardscape that can be moved theres a very easy and effective solution - I just take the rocks out and let them sit exposed to air for...
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    Amano Shrimp Berried - Can the young survive?

    I recently discovered that the larvae can actually survive for longer than people often think in fresh water but they do seem to eventually need salt water after a max of about a week. They never last more than 24 hours before they're eaten by my fish though. I once saw a very long and pretty...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    roughly how old do you reckon that one is? would be good to have some sense of how quickly they develop.
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    This is the best picture I've been able to get of one of the fry so far but it's becoming easier as they are now free swimming. It's the tiny little thing above the ramshorn at the edge of the wood. The young growth of fissidens fontanus gives you some sense of scale and if you look closely you...
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    Odd and unusual fish you find in your local fish store

    There used to be a shop in Edinburgh, it's closed down now, that for whatever reason would sometimes have incredibly rare fish without really knowing what they were or how rare they were. I didn't fully appreciate it at the time but they used to get a lot of rare Hisonotus somehow. I would...
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    Ember Tetra Schooling - comparisons between 5, 10, 15, and 20 fish

    Really interesting thread. I've found with some shoaling fish that there's a sweet spot of flow where they're most active. Boraras seem to like very little flow but are much, much less active when there is no flow at all. I believe this is because they feel much more vulnerable when they are the...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    Another weird thing about the ceriodaphnia is I have never even once found an intermediate sized ceriodaphnia. They all appear to be either fully adult size or babies smaller even than rotifers. I think that possibly the now huge accumulation of mulm and sort of algae reefs in this culture plays...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    Ceriodaphnia dubia culture is still going strong but it's incredibly frustrating that I can't figure out why it's doing so well now. I struggled to get these really producing for a long time but currently I harvest from this culture several times a day without apparently having any impact on the...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    Here's a video of the rotifers I'm talking about. I can harvest this amount several times a day or as often as needed from a worm culture no larger than a thick book and all that's necessary to keep it going is to pour out and replace the water about once a week and sprinkle a little oat flour...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    I've got a lot more fry than I realised, I've been leaving the tank alone other than feeding but I weeded out some floaters today and there were loads of fry hanging out along the back wall that were just hard to see because of the black background. Some of us have been discussing culturing...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    I'm keeping them more or less the same way @dw1305 does in his buckets. I've got them in a plastic tub with java moss, some fallen beech leaves, a little bit of cuttlebone and some snails. I've tossed some algae from my vivarium in there as well as the odd bit of food I make for my shrimps and...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    Got a picture of my female while she was up against the front glass that shows the black bars that can be present on the females quite well, as well as the little flashes of blue iridescence that they can display. It's actually incredible how quickly they can make these black bars appear and...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    I've not ordered from this company before but before I was able to source my female from riverpark aquatics I was in contact with them and they did claim to be able to get female scarlet badis. I think it's entirely possible that they have actually made an effort to do so based on my harassment...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    Depends who you ask and I'm guessing whether they are wild caught or not. I've seen reports of people even being able to gradually wean them onto flake foods but it seems to be very rare and they might actually just be seeing them take the occasional nibble and assuming they are subsisting on it...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    The owner of aquasnack uk told me he used to breed them and I think he said about six months.
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    Those pictures are great @MirandaB but mine are still only a few mm long, barely bigger than baby shrimp, so it's hard to make a comparison. I can't get pictures yet because they hide the minute the light comes on. I guess I'll just have to wait and see. I'm glad that I've got such a reliable...
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    Chilli Rasbora fry!!

    I am totally convinced that providing them too much live food gave the amanos, and berried females in particular, a taste for flesh. This NEVER happened when I was feeding the boraras flake food and the shrimp vegetable based foods. I was always still feeding the shrimp various algae based...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    That would be really cool Miranda. I've got a better look at them this morning and I'm not sure they actually have stripes after all, might have just been shadows from the floater roots. It would be great to have something to compare them too.
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    Chilli Rasbora fry!!

    I've got a lot of fry in my tank at the moment. I don't know whether they are from Boraras maculatus or the pair of scarlet badis but I have some extremely aggressive amano shrimp in there and the fry are way too fast for them. The amanos prey on vulnerable cherries after moulting and I even put...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    hmmmm...... maybe they are boraras fry after all.
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    Did you notice the fry had stripes? There were four of them that darted away to hide in moss when the light came on today and they're still tiny but all looked kind of stripey to me.
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    Saw my first fry today, can't be absolutely certain whether it was a badis fry because there's also boraras in there but it had looked like it had stripes so I'm thinking badis.
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I tried growing it with Tropica specialized and miracle grow slow release pellets but without great results. It seemed to grow a bit but was a much more pale and never got to very high cell densities. What I'm doing at the moment is growing in strong fish mix which seems to result in an...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    They definitely can, it just may be that they reproduce faster on grains - or even just that grain flour is cheaper than algae wafers. I've only tried oat flour so far with the ones alex sent me. The few that I was able to extract from my vivariums drain I'm keeping the same way but have...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    That's exactly it - that just like infusorial snails they seem to convert solid foods into, and then pass in their waste, a lot of microorganisms that the moina can feed on. The most interesting thing about these worms to me has been that Alex pointed out there are huge numbers of free...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    This looks like a female to me. Here's an old picture of my female Tiger badis for comparison. I witnessed my Scarlet badis pair mating the other night so I'm hopeful I may have some fry soon too.
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I think that your cooler temps might be playing a role in stability too @MirandaB, my culture never really gets above 22c and often dips down to around 18c or even cooler. What temperature are you running @Wookii? Hopefully this recent issue really was just some flukey bacterial infection that...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    It seems the most productive method by far is to keep them on slabs of fine filter sponge laying in water almost level with the top of the sponge. You feed finely powdered porridge oats and pour off and replace the dirty water every few days. The water absolutely stinks but alex says it contains...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    That must be increidbly frustrating but it seems like only contamination with some kind of harmful bacteria could explain that, even when I've had a culture crash before I don't think I've ever actually had ALL the moina die off, just a sharp reduction in numbers. I will try and get some more...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    There's two guys on ebay, one of them is shipping the worms from Denmark and the other is Alex the Russian guy I'm talking about. I was a test case to see how they would survive shipping and they seem to have survived just fine. If it's Alex you've ordered them from you wont be disappointed with...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    Got my microfex from the Russian guy Alex today so I've got another variable for the moina cultures to keep things nice and confusing now. He also confirmed that in addition to maintaining several specific cultures of them (that he apparently really does harvest 500g from a day) he also keeps...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    It's entirely possible that the ratio of nutrients in the fish mix is such that all of some necessary nutrient for the chlorella is used up before all of the ammonia is purged that's why I'm keen to be able to test mine but it wouldn't necessarily explain why me and miranda don't seem to be...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I'm going to don't worry. I can't say I've ever seen the snails do that, sometimes they have clustered near the surface right after a feed but that happened even with yeast. Soon I'll be able to let you know the ph of my culture and what results im getting ammonia wise.
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    It's weird but this basically sounds like when people get cloudy water in their aquariums doesn't it? I've often seen threads where people can't work out what caused it and it keeps coming back after water changes only to eventually disappear as quickly as it started. The weird thing is that you...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I've only ever used 2L and 5L bottles of coop own brand still water. At first I even used the water as a base for the fert mix but now obviously I'm using tap water without any problems. I use an arcadia jungle dawn LED bar upright and aligned with the bottles now for maximum light and it's 34w...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I don't think that the sugars from the fishmix are strictly necessary, it just allows the chlorella to continue growing during the dark period and they are included with a view to promoting microbial growth around the root system of terrestrial plants more than for their value as a fertiliser...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I'm really interested in what results you can get with dry ferts because I genuinely can't tell whether it will produce better or worse results, seems like it could go either way, but if it simplifies things in any way you wont have to twist my arm to get me to switch over. There's a very...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    The moina in my main culture have actually now been overtaken by the ceriodaphnia, I think there may actually be hundreds of thousands of them in there and I'm literally throwing ceriodaphnia away each day to keep the population under control because my fish can't eat this much. It's frustrating...
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    Tropica soil powder - gravel vac tips?

    This. Also you can bring whatever container you're siphoning the water into up closer towards the tank so that there's less pressure. I had the same problem with a dennerle nano gravel vac and ada aquasoil powder, a combination of these two approaches solved it. I just pinch the airline with my...
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    Ferns not growing enough

    I wouldn't really call java fern a slow growing plant, under optimal conditions it seems to grow very quickly. It's more just that it's very adaptable and can grow without co2 supplementation, fertiliser, and even in ridiculously low light - it just does so by growing very slowly. It's never...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I'm not sure about this, I don't have a link to hand right now but I found a study where they demonstrated that at least they have the ability to sort and preferentially consume or discard particles based on size. They fed them two types of algae with different average cell sizes but that they...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    @Wookii you were right about the agar, much better results. The gelatin batch turned into a sloppy disgusting mess when the room temperature spiked by a couple of degrees so I made some with agar today. Messed up the first one by trying to be smart and boiling a teaspoon of agar in 100ml of...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I was probably over reacting and the strong light was just causing the chlorella to bloom in the culture, I'm glad there were no signs of a crash. To be honest the disappearing layer of snail poo is really mysterious, I can't quite figure out what's going on there. Maybe the moina did eat it...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    One other possibility for the change in appearance of the chlorella by the way is just that it's adapting to the lower light levels in your moina tank and exploiting some other source of carbon in the water, or maybe even the snail poo to produce heterotrophic growth. In a purely heterotrophic...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I wouldn't wait until tomorrow. I'd do a big water change tonight if you can as this sounds a lot like a culture that's about to crash real bad. I think it's possible there was too much chlorella at once and after it used up all the nutrients present in the water -, as it began dying, some kind...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    The Ceriodaphnia are really starting to take off, these were tricky to get to this point but if anyone else wants a starter culture to experiment with just give me a shout. Being even smaller than moina they are really great for fry or tiny fish, my Boraras maculatus and scarlet badis love them...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    That's actually really good to know. I thought agar set too much at a higher temperature than that, THIS paper confirms that 40 degrees isn't a significantly fatal temperature for the chlorella. As long as the chitosan doesn't affect it setting I'm going to try switching to agar, I knew gelatin...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    also found this paper which noted that increased concentrations of dissolved organic matter rich in humic substances increased brood size in daphnia as well as a few other interesting observations. Living in a browning environment: Effects on Daphnia’s growth and fatty acid pattern
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I'm not sure really, it's weird that it doesn't look more green but it could well be growing from potential nutrients in the tapwater, or maybe unconsumed nutrients left from the fish mix? I've never had a bacterial bloom in a moina or daphnia culture really, not of free floating bacteria anyway...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I'm still very curious what results you might get with your dry ferts and the chlorella too @Wookii, in an ideal world the fish mix could smell slightly better when you first start running air through it.
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    That explains it, I had the window open 24/7 up here in Scotland. Probably much colder.
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    This is exactly the sort of thing I was hoping to see when I sent out these cultures. Please let us know how this works out, if you do get good growth of the chlorella in here you could try adding chicken manure with the moina to act as fertiliser for the chlorella and a source of various fungi...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    That's pretty fast! it took longer than that when I was doing them on the windowsill.
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    As far as the clumping/settling goes it seems like if it's allowed to settle too much initially it takes longer to resolve itself. I'm using a cheap airpump from amazon that's not very powerful for the big 5L bottles so particularly when they're fresh I still give them a good shake once a day...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I was just about to ask how you were getting on, I'm very glad to see things are working out! Obviously the whole point is you don't have to worry quite as much about water quality as you do with yeast so I would just top it up whenever you notice it getting clearer. I often make the water...
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    Should you clean a snail?

    Look at the state of this one. I think itt's actually some kind of Vorticella rather than a colonial rotifer living on the shell. People say this is a pest of aquatic shrimp however it's ubiquitous in all of my livefood cultures and, although it does sometimes even attach to daphnia and moina, I...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    Amazing! that looks quite well developed too, how old do you reckon it is? Did you notice them guarding the eggs or any other behaviour that might have tipped you off or were these a total surprise? I'd love to see some pictures of your set up for the pairs miranda just so I know what definitely...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    I introduced my female to a male yesterday and I was very interested to see that she had a very strong reaction to him. Even when he was still floating in a bag she recognised him almost immediately and watched him intently the entire time he was acclimating, they've been moving around the tank...
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    Should you clean a snail?

    I've got a lot of ramshorn snails in many of my livefood tubs, some of them grow algae on their shells and some don't, there's one at the moment that has several batches of eggs stuck to it's shell, but there's also a snail in one of my ceriodaphnia cultures whose shell is entirely covered in a...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    @OmlettG you are part of a very, very exclusive club now. I'd like to help anyone trying to breed these fish in the UK anyway I can so if you want just PM me your address and I'll send you starter cultures of Moina macrocopa/micrura and Chlorella vulgaris for free. Moina can be a really useful...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    I don't understand what you mean, two around 7/8? If the fish in the picture has shown grey stripes I'd say with a very high degree of certainty that it's a female, I've never seen a male with dark stripes and I've never seen a female without them. I don't think there is much reason to be...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    You know I actually forgot to ask, I'll find out. For grindal worms I don't think keeping them on sponge makes them any more productive, it's just to try and avoid soil mites and make it marginally easier to harvest them. I think the notion is that with the microfex the extra oxygen whilst...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    So I actually ended up chatting to this guy on the phone. He had some interesting things to say, he's from Russia, apparently these are the go to live food over there for breeding all kinds of fish. Supposedly they can be absurdly productive under the proper conditions, he mentioned sometimes...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    That looks like a female to me. I think the fact that juveniles don't necessarily display their adult colours makes it particularly hard to tell from photos though. @MirandaB gave me a good tip about the females head looking a little different in profile and slightly less pointed. Does it ever...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    When it was in the plastic cup it was on the windowsill during the day but once I moved it into the tupperware I put it under the same 24hr LED as my master culture. Presumably when a culture that's been fed heavily with chlorella is exposed to a reasonable amount of light it will continue to...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    In my large master culture there is normally a bit of an accumulation in the centre of their shed exoskeletons and a few dead adults. In my experience if there's a lot of dead adults the culture is crashing, they don't tend to die faster than the ramshorns eat them otherwise. Don't know how I...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    Here's a fresh culture I started, container size is just under two litres, round and low, no aeration or heater. I added a few strands of hay, a fat ramshorn, and chlorella to a 32oz plastic cup until I couldn't see through the water anymore, and about 20 adult moina appoximately a week ago...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I'm holding off on buying the ebay ones from Denmark until I've asked around on here incase anyone has them. Seems like too much potential for brexovid shenanigans ordering from Denmark.
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    Hard to get the lighting right to show you what I'm talking about but you can see here a little bit of sedimentation in the ridges of the bottles similar to what you're seeing in your own. There was more a few days ago but it quickly sorts itself out as the algal cells use up the fish mix. These...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    It could be something to do with minerals. I use water from my tank for all the water changes and it presumably had minerals present from the aquasoil, rooibos tea etc. There's something very wrong if you're getting a similar number of births and deaths with Moina though and it probably implies...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    What I find is that once it's a nice opaque emerald green, if you turn the airpump off and let the culture settle a bit, for some reason especially in tall bottles the top inch or so of water especially around the edges seems to clear. When there's still a lot of nutrients left from the fishmix...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    In an ideal world you'd find a way to shine the LED on the side of those containers too. I'm using an LED bar so I can stand it up upright next to the bottles and I've built a little box lined with tinfoil that goes around them. It's so much faster than when I had them on the windowsill, you can...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    Actually seems it's most likely a defense mechanism in response to some other bacteria present in the mix. Once the chlorella outcompetes it the growth returns to normal. This quote is obviously talking about plants but it's a general defense mechanism.
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    This looks fine to me, I'm growing it in 2L and 5L bottles with ridged sides and it sort of does this in the ridges, especially at the start of the culure. If you have lids for those containers and can give them a shake that will help get it back into suspension. It should sort itself out though...
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    Amano shrimp preying on Cherry

    Happened again. Apoligies for the quality of this photo. This tank has been running for years and even the newest amano has been in there for at least a full year without me ever noticing this happen before. It seems like way too much of a coincidence that this starts happening after a period of...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    £5. Not bad considering I've offered more than £100 for a female D. dario recently and been quite understandably refused. I am going to spoil this fish. She's still quite small and maybe a little underweight so I'm going to condition her for a while but once she's paired up and healthy I will...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    I'm certainly going to do everything in my power to breed them. I need to hope I can keep this one happy and healthy but she's eating well and exploring her tank a lot today so I'm hopeful. There's another member here that has some pairs they're trying to breed too. One way or another I think...
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    Has anyone ever seen a female Scarlet Badis?

    @dw1305 @lazybones51 @Tim Harrison Gents you three all also expressed an interested here in getting ahold of females so this is just a heads up that I was finally able to acquire a definite female yesterday from 'riverparkaquatics' on ebay. They got a small batch in and said there were two...
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    Amano shrimp preying on Cherry

    You might already know this but actually plenty of fish prey on seed shrimp, they just aren't always capable of digesting them. The seed shrimp can close their shell. A live seed shrimp goes in one end of the fish - and a live seed shrimp comes out the other end of the fish.
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I'm so embarassed by my hand writing! Did the C. dubia survive the trip alright?
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    The bottom of the tank is getting there now! I'm really pretty sure you have a different species that is slightly smaller than what is in the master culture I've shown you here. I think the intermediate sized ones, between my M. macrocopa and the C. dubia, that I recently aquired and believe to...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    And a video to try and give you some sense of the population density it runs at. I've been harvesting a lot recently because I'm also feeding newt larvae as well as my fish.
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    A great source of algae covered leaves for shrimp or otocinclus. The clean ones in the first picture have recently been scoured by the shrimp and put back in the moina culture to ripen again. I count 17 large mature ramshorns in here by the way so about 2 per litre as this is probably slightly...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    I don't heat mine at all, they stay at a pretty steady 22c. It would be really interesting to see a side by side comparison of two bottles with the fish mix and inorganic salts. I have some garden fert pellets that I think are about that ratio, I'm going to go dig them out and set up a side by...
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    HOW TO: Clean, easy and highly nutritious greenwater culture for Daphnia and Moina.

    Beech leaves but not too many as a lot of tannin in the water slows reproduction. With some daphnids you get larger, longer lived individuals but with smaller brood sizes if there is too much tannin in the water.
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