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Old 19th April 2010   #1
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Default Feeding Daphnia inside Newt's Tank?

Are there any ill effects of adding yeast or green water to the tank to prolong the Daphnia's life and maybe even reproduce?



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Default Re: Feeding Daphnia inside Newt's Tank?

Youre water quality would deteroriate in the newt tank, much easier to breed daphnia in a bucket.



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Default Re: Feeding Daphnia inside Newt's Tank?

I think that live green water shouldn't hurt water quality. But I agree with Davo that something like yeast could have a negative impact on water quality.



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Default Re: Feeding Daphnia inside Newt's Tank?

I agree with Jennewt. Daphnia will also find other things to eat in the tank; there are always bacteria and protists in an aquarium. The trouble is the speed with which newts eat the daphnia; it's hard to keep a population going unless the tank has a low newt density and lots of cover for the daphnia. If you really want to keep live daphnia going in the tank, it is worthwhile to install a refugium, such as saltwater aquarists use for "pods" (assorted micro- and mesocrustaceans).



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Default Re: Feeding Daphnia inside Newt's Tank?

I used to feed Daphnia with a tea brewed from stinging nettles (brew a bunch for 10 minutes, freeze it as ice cubes for later). I've read that spinach tea works, too. The problem I see is that, to the best of my knowledge, Daphnia require a pretty high oxygen flow and an aerator might disturb the newt?

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They do fine without aeration unless you are keeping them at very high densities.



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