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Unexpected surprise! I fill up an year old 3 gallon water bottle that used to have daphnia in it to raise Scuds outdoors. The crashed culture of daphnia laid eggs and they hatched! This bottle was just tucked away in a corner and not looked after at all. Life is amazing. I added moina that I received today to this so it's a tri culture now, scud daphnia and moina. It will serve as my back up if things go bad

II made a fish stick toy to play with my bettas. It's a clay fish on a chop stick.

 

My paramecium culture is still going strong. Zero inputs, no lights no heat no feed, just duckweed.

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Some lizards are living in my tiny patio

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More babies. Royal blue female x Copper male. I want to suss out the genetics of the royal blue, I should be able to tell if she's heterozygous or not from the babies. There seems to be at least 50 eggs there. Im starting to like these small alien spawns because I'm not a mass producer and don't like culling unless it's necessary

 

 

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And my little lizard buddy is back. He got bigger and changed colors

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The spawn hatched in 24 hours, this is insane! It usually takes 2-3 days. I have the temps cranked up to 83 degrees.

Here you can see the advantage of the cave, all he has to do is swim an inch up or down to collect and deposit the eggs back into the nest. It'll save his energy since he won't be eating for a few days and will be up all night taking care of his babies. 

 

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Babies fat with liquid gold bbs. The water is cloudy with paramecium and scud babies. I'm trying to work out a system where live food is present at all times to mimic nature but I've had some problems with water parameters. Massive micro bioload will crash your whole system as fast as over stocking a fish tank. I'm trying to find the balance. Duckweed has been a huge help in my experiments. Scuds are excellent as a clean up crew if some fry die. Coop test strips have been a blessing in these experiments, quick fast results whenever I make any changes.

Sometimes just taking out some duckweed will cause things to spike. It's pretty crazy how small changes can have such an effect on the tank

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