The longest running Amphibian Community on the Internet.

Tags Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Caudata.org Store


Culturing daphnia outside

This is a discussion on Culturing daphnia outside within the Daphnia, Moina, brine shrimp, etc forums, part of the Food: Live, Frozen, Freeze-Dried, Pellets, etc category; I have very nearly been successful in culturing daphnia inside using spirulina powder and yeast however I always seem to ...

Like Tree6Likes
  • 1 Post By alexps
  • 2 Post By caleb
  • 2 Post By xxianxx
  • 1 Post By Hardwarehank

Reply

 

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 25th February 2015   #1 (permalink)
Member
 
Stupot1610's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Nationality:
Posts: 448
Gallery Images: 11
Comments: 4
Rep: Stupot1610 has shown reliable knowledgeStupot1610 has shown reliable knowledge
Default Culturing daphnia outside

I have very nearly been successful in culturing daphnia inside using spirulina powder and yeast however I always seem to end up over feeding or something just goes wrong! So now, considering its nearly March, I figure I can probably start culturing daphnia outside. I have acces to these conditions/supplies and I am wondering if this is suitabke for culturing:
; 6-10 degrees celcius day time temperature (gradually increasing)
; 4x3x3' pond/tank
; yeast and spirulina powder
; pet shop daphnia (pretty high quality - i order it for delivery to my home. I have no access to wild daphnia, all ponds in my area are full of sticklebacks!)

Thanks,



Stupot1610 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th February 2015   #2 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 112
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 4
Rep: alexps is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Culturing daphnia outside

I used to collect mine from a slow part of thre Leven between Markinch and coaltown of Balgonie some years i collected from the pond between Leslie and Glenrothes not sure if its changed as i left Fife in 2006



alexps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27th February 2015   #3 (permalink)
Site Contributor
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 497
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: caleb goes to 11caleb goes to 11caleb goes to 11caleb goes to 11caleb goes to 11caleb goes to 11caleb goes to 11caleb goes to 11caleb goes to 11caleb goes to 11caleb goes to 11
Default Re: Culturing daphnia outside

Don't see why you shouldn't start now, my outdoor cultures usually start producing about this time (though I haven't checked them yet this year).

You don't need many Daphnia to start with- I started an indoor culture last year in an 18" tank with only 20 Daphnia, and it was teeming with them after a month.

I have started cultures with pet shop Daphnia before, but the last time I did this they died off over the winter, while the wild ones survived.



caleb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27th February 2015   #4 (permalink)
Prolific Member
 
xxianxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 2,476
Gallery Images: 4
Comments: 7
Rep: xxianxx is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgxxianxx is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgxxianxx is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgxxianxx is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgxxianxx is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgxxianxx is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgxxianxx is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgxxianxx is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgxxianxx is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgxxianxx is considered an Authority at Caudata.org
Default Re: Culturing daphnia outside

My daphnia cultures are starting to reproduce now after the winter cold. The link is how I culture daphnia
Culturing daphnia



__________________
Axolotls available, wild type, copper, golden albino. P.waltl, Golden mantella, E.tricolor, T.verrucosus, I.a.alpestris, B.variagata, A.andersoni available now. Pm for details.
xxianxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th June 2016   #5 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 56
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Crystalann0219 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Culturing daphnia outside

I have a question regarding culturing daphnia outside. Currently I have a big tub outside that I filled with a small amount of algae and daphnia that I got from a little ditch at my mom's house. It was swarming with daphnia at the time so I only took one small container with me and figured I could go back and get more when needed. I wasnt thinking about it drying up, which it did the very next week. I fill my tub when it gets low with pond water or when it rains it gets more water. There's a healthy amount of algae in it and lots of daphnia now which have been keeping my 30 some larvae happily fed. My question is what do you guys do about the mosquito larvae?? I know newts love them but mine are too small for that now, plus they are kept in open shallow containers and I don't want uneaten ones to turn to mosquitos in my house. Even the parents tank has a screen lid but the holes are probably big enough for them to fly out so I don't want to bring them inside. Just wondering if you guys had any insight for me on this. I keep my tub in my front yard so I can access it easily and I don't want to have a bunch of mosquitos hanging around there as my daughter and I like to spend alot of time out there.



Crystalann0219 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2016   #6 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 50
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Joep has a given some bad advice or info, or has behaved inappropriately
Default Re: Culturing daphnia outside

u need airbubles!!



Joep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th June 2016   #7 (permalink)
Site Contributor
 
jewett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Age: 36
Posts: 811
Gallery Images: 25
Comments: 0
Rep: jewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.org
Default Re: Culturing daphnia outside

Increasing aeration is a great suggestion, but I know for me I did not want a power cord out all summer. So I just got some cheese cloth and a large rubber band to hold it in place. This has worked very well for me - I've been culturing daphnia in a 5 gallon bucket and harvest pretty heavily every few days. And the cheese cloth breathes just fine and allows algae to continue growing to feed the daphnia.

I am rubbish at culturing daphnia inside, but have been very pleased with my covered 5 gallon bucket on the patio system!

HJ



__________________
"A newt, she decided, was a useful thing to have around." Roald Dahl

"Anyone who is disturbed by the idea of newts in a nightclub is potentially dangerous." Frank Zappa
jewett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th June 2016   #8 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 56
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Crystalann0219 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Culturing daphnia outside

Does anyone know what the tiny worms are that are living in my outdoor daphnia tub? Some are very very tiny, and white? Some are bigger and bright red.at they just mosquito larvae?? I wondered if I should try letting the larvae eat them also. A few larvae have all four legs now, most of them have the front two, and quite a few are sprouting the back 2. I also wondered if anyone had a good way to feed the daphnia to the larvae without getting all that nasty green gunk that's at the bottom. I tried using a brine shrimp net and rinsing them but that seemed to kill some of the daphnia. I use a turkey baster to get them from the tub. I add more pond water in a shallow container and try my hardest to only get daphnia and no green gunk but it's very very time consuming.



Crystalann0219 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th June 2016   #9 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Age: 33
Posts: 55
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Hardwarehank has shown reliable knowledgeHardwarehank has shown reliable knowledge
Default Re: Culturing daphnia outside

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crystalann0219 View Post
Does anyone know what the tiny worms are that are living in my outdoor daphnia tub? Some are very very tiny, and white? Some are bigger and bright red.at they just mosquito larvae?? I wondered if I should try letting the larvae eat them also. A few larvae have all four legs now, most of them have the front two, and quite a few are sprouting the back 2. I also wondered if anyone had a good way to feed the daphnia to the larvae without getting all that nasty green gunk that's at the bottom. I tried using a brine shrimp net and rinsing them but that seemed to kill some of the daphnia. I use a turkey baster to get them from the tub. I add more pond water in a shallow container and try my hardest to only get daphnia and no green gunk but it's very very time consuming.
I don't have a good answer for most of your questions but the red worm looking dealies are most likely bloodworms and if they are they should be safe to feed to your larvae.



Hardwarehank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th July 2016   #10 (permalink)
Member
 
eyrops's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 103
Gallery Images: 16
Comments: 3
Rep: eyrops is a mainstay of Caudata.orgeyrops is a mainstay of Caudata.orgeyrops is a mainstay of Caudata.orgeyrops is a mainstay of Caudata.orgeyrops is a mainstay of Caudata.orgeyrops is a mainstay of Caudata.orgeyrops is a mainstay of Caudata.org
Default Re: Culturing daphnia outside

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stupot1610 View Post
I have very nearly been successful in culturing daphnia inside using spirulina powder and yeast however I always seem to end up over feeding or something just goes wrong! So now, considering its nearly March, I figure I can probably start culturing daphnia outside. I have acces to these conditions/supplies and I am wondering if this is suitabke for culturing:
; 6-10 degrees celcius day time temperature (gradually increasing)
; 4x3x3' pond/tank
; yeast and spirulina powder
; pet shop daphnia (pretty high quality - i order it for delivery to my home. I have no access to wild daphnia, all ponds in my area are full of sticklebacks!)

Thanks,
I culture daphnia outside, and have found sludgemunkey's .doc very helpful: Lazy Mass Cultures I don't follow all his recommendations but use the same general approach. My buckets, tubs, & wading pool in the ground freeze in the winter (buckets sometimes break). The daphnia hatch out in the spring and produce most of the summer in northern Minnesota.



eyrops is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th July 2016   #11 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 56
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Crystalann0219 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Culturing daphnia outside

Thank you for sharing that document. Very close to what i have been doing, but I got alot of helpful info from it. I definetly take a lazy approach, haha. I also looked them up and figured out i did have bloodworms in there, i hadn't seem them before because i usually harvest during the daytime. I didnt expect to accidentally have live bloodworms!



Crystalann0219 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th July 2016   #12 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Nationality:
Posts: 6
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Buyaxolotls is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Culturing daphnia outside

Would you share how your 5g bucket setup is done? I'd like to get a culture going and it wells be great if i can do it outside.
Quote:
Originally Posted by jewett View Post
Increasing aeration is a great suggestion, but I know for me I did not want a power cord out all summer. So I just got some cheese cloth and a large rubber band to hold it in place. This has worked very well for me - I've been culturing daphnia in a 5 gallon bucket and harvest pretty heavily every few days. And the cheese cloth breathes just fine and allows algae to continue growing to feed the daphnia.

I am rubbish at culturing daphnia inside, but have been very pleased with my covered 5 gallon bucket on the patio system!

HJ



Buyaxolotls is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
daphnia

LinkBack
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads

Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Culturing daphnia xxianxx Axolotl Eggs, Larvae & Breeding 2 28th October 2014 10:12
Daphnia culturing ( my method..) PereJosa Daphnia, Moina, brine shrimp, etc 9 28th May 2010 01:31
Daphnia culturing NewGuy1 Newt and Salamander Help 4 23rd February 2010 10:42
Culturing Daphnia mark General Discussion & News from Members 9 1st February 2004 01:52


All times are GMT. The time now is 04:53.