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  1. How I take care of blackworms I order my blackworms from Craig Shaubach at Eastern Aquatics and I have always been happy with the quality of his product. I try to get the package of worms inside as soon as UPS delivers the blackworms. The longer they sit the more their quality can deteriorate I open the box at a sink and dump the entire shipment (in my case typically 1 lb.) into a very fine mesh aquarium net. I pour 1 gallon of pre-chilled water over the worms to rinse away any foul water and worm waste. I put some of the worms in a 100 sq. inch baking dish with just enough chilled water to cover them. After 36 years of marriage my relationship is strong enough so that my wife lets me store them in the refrigerator. If the refrigerator option is not available, put them in a low sided container with a lot of surface area and place them under a cold dripping faucet in a sink. Rinse the worms daily in the net with a gallon of cold water and they will live indefinitely, or at least until your fish eat all of them. I use both the sink and refrigerator methods because it is never smart to put all your worms in one basket!
  2. I recently acquired some CPDs or Celestial Pearl Danios, and I thought I’d start a thread for breeding them. I have 4 males and 2 females (before today I thought it was the opposite ratio) that I got 3 days ago, today was my first day able to watch them the whole day and in the light, and my first day offering live baby brine shrimp. For several hours today I’ve noticed the dominant male chasing around one of the females, and occasionally another male will also try and chase for a few moments and then go off and do something else. I have some videos of this but I’m not sure how to add it (I’ll play around, advice would be helpful) and I’m wondering if this is breeding behavior or if it’s aggression. What are your experiences with the keeping and breeding of this beautiful species? (I posted a few videos on tiktok, I can’t get the video into the right format to post directly from my phone, would it be ok to post a link to the tiktok?)
  3. I recently fed my 10 gallon community tank some mosquito larvae, and the fish went crazy. Since then I have been wondering if there is a live food that can live in the same tank and be eaten when the fish are hungry.
  4. @Cory mentioned freezing brine shrimp in his last live stream. Was that freezing eggs to keep them fresh for later hatching or freezing hatched brine shrimp to keep them as a cubed food that retains most of the nutrition? I would assume the latter, but I was not sure.
  5. I have a Angelfish who has been relegated back to the 20 high after eating 13 of 14 Neon Tetras in the 29. This after years of flake food. I'm thinking of putting some live bearers in with him to provide him with live food. Ichecked Aqua Huna and all they sell are males.Recommendations?
  6. I am starting to try out some live foods and I heard that vinegar eels are easy to care for so I got a small culture to start off and I set it up it a glass bottle. I rinsed the bottle thoroughly and put in half apple cider vinegar and half RO water. I put in 3 small apple slices. I started to notice that most of the worms were all at the top. The apple slices are at the top so maybe they are feeding on it? Does anybody know why the vinegar eels are all near the surface? If it is something wrong, what should I do? Thank you
  7. Hello all, Ok here's the issue. I have a single Scarlet Badis (Dario dario) that is extremely picky about what he eats. So far hes rejected X-treme flake, X-treme nano, Vibra-Bites, Bug Bites color enhancing flakes, and frozen cyclops. He does however love Baby Brine Shrimp (BBS) so i hatch very very small batches (1/32nd of a tsp) continually. Hes fed for 2-3 days then fasts during the 36 hours a new batch hatch, however hes alone in a planted tank and seems to always be finding little critters to munch on and seems perfectly healthy. If you aren't familiar with them they he is less than 3/4" long and has a truly small mouth. My problem is its very hard to keep BBS alive for the several days it takes for him to consume all of them even though i hatch very small batches. not only that but hes just so small that he cant consume the .5ml of BBS I usually feed. so they end up dying off and hopefully eaten by my Amano and not sucked into the sponge filter. So here are my questions: Does any one have any tricks to getting Darios on frozen or prepared foods? Is there a freshwater alternative to BBS that i can feed and leave for him to hunt as he gets hungry and wont die in a matter of hours like BBS? Can Daphnia be hatched from eggs and fed like BBS? (I know Daphnia cultures can be maintained, gut loaded and fed but i understand them to be difficult to maintain and almost certainly need a large amount of water, sun, and green water to succeed and even then they can easily crash.) Is there a worm or small crustacean or anything like that I can culture in freshwater for him? I know this is oddly specific but maybe others are also having the issue and I figured this group would be a great shot at getting some guidance. Thanks in advance!
  8. I just made my first batch of brine shrimp, and I was wondering what's the best way to prwserve them for feeding my fiah again tonight, and how long they can be preserved for. Thanks!
  9. I don’t know if w if this fits here, but basically what the title says. I couldn’t find any information on your website regarding this, and I assumed live food like live fish wouldn’t be sold online, so I thought to inquire here.
  10. Hey Everyone, This may sound like a bit of a commercial, and it probably is. However, Aquarium Co-op now has their new Brine Shrimp Eggs in stock. So over the years I've used tons of brine shrimp eggs going back over 50 years. I'm fairly picky about how I select the products that I use and I had warned Cory and Randy that it would take a really good brine shrimp egg to get me to use them. A disclosure, I did do some early testing of these eggs over a month of daily use before the Co-op team had even figured out how to get them packaged and in stock. So they are available on the Co-op site now : https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collections/breeding-supplies/products/aquarium-co-op-brine-shrimp-eggs I just wanted to let everybody here some positives that I've found with these eggs. They have a really really good hatch rate, right up with the best I've used in the past. They are packaged in a 3.5 oz/100 gram can and are quadruple sealed for maximum freshness. This size package makes really good sense for the majority of hobbyist, not a tiny amount like the little .2 oz vial, and you don't have to purchase a large one pound can to get quality eggs. The separation once hatched is the best I've ever seen. This is for me probably the number one reason to use these eggs, it's a huge time saver and just makes everything with daily hatching of brine shrimp easier. So there you go, it's my commercial, but it is for a really good reason..... Did I mention the new Aquarium Co-op Brine Shrimp Eggs have a really good hatch rate and the separation once hatched is the best I've ever seen?
  11. Received some new plants and they had some hitchhikers, bladder snails. These are in my new, still cycling tank. I have been removing and squishing. But thought, would these be ok as a tasty treat for my fish in my established tank? Can they get parasites from eating these? I would squish them first, so not live.
  12. Hello everyone, I currently include frozen brine shrimp in the rotation of foods I feed my fish. However I am about to start feeding live baby brine shrimp since everyone raves about how good of a food they are, and because I am getting more into breeding my fish. My question is: does any empirical evidence exist proving that live baby brine shrimp constitutes a superior food to frozen brine shrimp? So far, most of the information I have found seems to present anecdotal evidence. Just curious what everyone on the forum thought.
  13. I've finally decided to take the plunge with culturing nematodes and purchased a pack of 4 (microworm, banana worm, Walter worm, and vinegar eel) cultures for a little shy of $15. I want to share my methods and possibly receive advice! I've already viewed Cory's videos on vinegar eels and microworms but I know there's far more information out there. All of the cultures came in VERY active from shipping. The surface of the culture medium was shimmering with nematodes in everything except for the vinegar eels. I'm having a hard time viewing inside the bag and it's the only culture that didn't get set up tonight. I'm waiting until tomorrow because I definitely didn't forget to buy apples this week 🙃 My medium of choice is instant potatoes with some water. I've prepared 3 cultures and plan to set up my backups early next week when I finally get some time off work. I lightly poured the culture starter that I purchased over the medium that I prepared and poked 2 holes into the lid of each container with a pen. I have poly fill but these holes are so small I can't actually get anything onto them. Advice and feedback are welcome! Maybe it's because I didn't set up the culture, but it honestly doesn't look like there's anything in the vinegar eel culture. I'm hoping life will be more evident tomorrow, I'm sure there's something and I'm not sure what signs to look for.
  14. Why do "they" say to feed fish frozen/live food only as a treat every few days? It it bad for them? I know to vary the diet of omnivorous fish, but what about carnivorous fish like bettas?
  15. I'm looking to keep some infusoria for raising tetra fry. Anyone keep infusoria? What do your setups look like and do have any tips or tricks?
  16. I recently acquired some CPDs or Celestial Pearl Danios, and I thought I’d start a thread for breeding them. I have 4 males and 2 females (before today I thought it was the opposite ratio) that I got 3 days ago, today was my first day able to watch them the whole day and in the light, and my first day offering live baby brine shrimp. For several hours today I’ve noticed the dominant male chasing around one of the females, and occasionally another male will also try and chase for a few moments and then go off and do something else. I have some videos of this but I’m not sure how to add it (I’ll play around, advice would be helpful) and I’m wondering if this is breeding behavior or if it’s aggression. What are your experiences with the keeping and breeding of this beautiful species? (I posted a few videos on tiktok, I can’t get the video into the right format to post directly from my phone, would it be ok to post a link to the tiktok? If not what would allow me to post the video?)
  17. Hi. I'm wanting to try some Enchytraeus albidus (white worms) but am not sure where to get safe started cultures. Is there anything to be aware of when starting? I.e., any risks to cultivating these or signs of risks?
  18. I was reading through a tropical fish breeding book I got at a thrift store. It is from 1993, and in the introduction it is covering all the different strategies and requirements for a lot of different fish. It mentions the difficulty of breeding and raising leaf fish, saying that blue gouramis fry are required for feeding. Is this a thing? Have any of you intentionally bred fish to use their fry as live food for other fry?
  19. Great information in this paper! I’ve already got a few experiments in the works. http://agrilife.org/fisheries2/files/2013/09/SRAC-Publication-No.-700-Zooplankton-Succession-and-Larval-Fish-Culture-in-Freshwater-Ponds.pdf
  20. One time I rinsed a few spare blackworms off my hands in my jar of marimo moss balls. after a while passed I noticed the the worms quite liked the moss, so I swapped one of them out for one of my Sparkling Gourami' moss balls. The fish loved it, and have begun to take interest in my... Marimo. I've begun tossing moss balls in my blackworm culture. I leave the Marimo in overnight and swap balls in my tanks daily. they pick them clean, it's great. I know it's not too far from placing filter sponge for the same purpose, but I think it's much more lively Have a great day all.
  21. I have been experimenting with Daphnia in different containers and feeding different recipes this summer. To jump to the end my conclusions are basically keep them cool and keep it simple. Nothing really new or profound there for experienced live food aquarists. I am on a live food for aquariums group on FB which gave a lot of good advice on recipes in particular. The consensus in that group was primarily to feed green water or there are some very specific precipices involving spirulina and different organic flours that work. The issue is the successful recipes are more complex (meaning 4-6 ingredients) and you have to be very precise and consistent in your feeding and cleaning. My own experiments with these recipes has born this out. With green water you can be much more imprecise and the chance of crashing your culture is much lower than with the other recipes. Especially yeast which is the easiest way to crash your culture. My most successful culture was in a 15g outdoor container pond that only had frogbit whose shade helped cool the water. The pond had gone super green water when I put the starter culture in and they exploded. I was feeding them to my goldfish almost everyday. Then of course I put in an Endler trio and eventually they and their progeny ate all the Daphnia. However that took a long time and was good for them so still win-win. I don't have room for more containers in our very small backyard here in Brooklyn so now I am raising a couple of batches in the basement and feeding only green water. In another experiment I have taken two 1 gallon glass jars, added rigid airline tubes for aeration, filled them with green water (grown outside with grass clippings) and added just a few Daphnia to only one jar. Below is a photo of the two jars after a week. I put a sheet of white paper behind them to help see the color. In real life the color is greener than this BUT the contrast in lightness of color is accurate. Interestingly the darker color jar on the right is the one with Daphnia who have now reproduced. The lighter color jar on the left has no Daphnia. This may be due in part to the jar with no Daphnia not having enough light to fuel algae growth, it may be there were fewer nutrients in the water to start or something else. I am now going to try adding EasyGreen to the empty jar to see if that helps grow some more free floating algae. I am also going to rig up another setup using 2L bottles on the SF Bay Brine Shrimp Hatchery Kits (these from the Coop: https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/brine-shrimp-hatchery-kit) with extra light to see how that does. In one bottle I will add regular green water and in the other I am going to try a freshwater phytoplankton culture, probably Chlorella, to see how those do. I will also feed these. More to come including an idea for a drip feed system I am working on. My 15g container on top that grew the Daphnia so well and my 40g goldfish container pond below.
  22. Is there a way to start vinegar eels without a starter culture?
  23. I plan on a Betta, some danios a cory and nerite snails in a 20 gal. I am overwhelmed by the variety of fish foods. It appears that fish love live food. Can you feed them just live food? If so what is a good daily feeding schedule?
  24. Wondering if a diet of exclusively baby brine is healthy for the non-vegitarian community fish? Reason I ask is, I have some shy, live-food only feeders (e.g. Badis) mixed in with my community fish. So I feed baby brine every day. Tossing in flake and pellets seems like overkill. Also I feel the bbs get totally eaten up, so no waste food decomposing, and tank stays cleaner with less algae. TIA!
  25. If your feeder fish have swim bladder and it’s not cured can that spread to the fish your feeding. Google says not contagious but idk don’t want to harm my oscars
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