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Molch
3rd February 2011, 09:37
I've decided to try an algae green water tank to feed the Daphnia. I want to get a starter culture to speed things up (Wards has some), but which species? Here is what they have:

- Euglena acus
- Euglena gracilis
- mixed algae (Chlamydomonas, Oscillatoria, Pandorina, Scenedesmus, Spirogyra, and Ulothrix)

any of these, or a combination?

also, how long after setting up a tank (a la BioNut's Daphnia Farm thread) before I can start harvesting green water?

axolotlfriend
3rd February 2011, 09:43
i just bought a whole Daphnia culture kit from ebay. its much cheaper than wards and already comes with a culture of the algae needed.

BioNut
3rd February 2011, 14:44
also, how long after setting up a tank (a la BioNut's Daphnia Farm thread) before I can start harvesting green water?

As soon as you can not see the back of the tank.

As for the rights species of free floating algae I am not sure what it is.
Check out the Ebay daphnia kit, its a good deal.

Kaysie
3rd February 2011, 14:58
Spirulina is a good one.

Have you seen Jenn Macke's Daphnia Superfood Recipe (http://www.caudata.org/forum/f1173-advanced-newt-salamander-topics/f11-food-live-frozen-freeze-dried-pellets-etc/f12-daphnia-moina-brine-shrimp-etc/57906-daphnia-superfood-soy-protein-powder.html)?

If you were going to buy cultures, I'd go with a mixed culture. It seems like a varied diet would be more nutritionally beneficial.