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small food culture (infusoria)

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small food culture (infusoria)

Post by vince0 on Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:17 pm

Hello Folks,

I had decided a while back to get into breeding starter barbs, and as I was doing my research, I kept noticing that the articles would generally recommend food cultures that were smaller than microworms and infusoria was mentioned.

I had never tried to put an infursoria culture together in previous years as I didn't really have a window I felt comfortable using for the cultures. As I purchased my own home and have a south facing basement window, I thought I had an ideal setup for culturing small foods.

I grabbed 2 mason jars (no need to put the caps on) and filled them with tank water. I added a broccoli leaf (didn't have lettuce) and an algea wafer. Within 2 days the water was murky, indicating a bacterial bloom and another three days later, the water had cleared up as the infusoria took over.

I unfortunately didn't get a spawn out of my cherry barbs, and I'm unsure how long the cultures will last, but I'm glad regardless that I can see small things swimming around in the jars. Maybe the endlers will get a treat as everything else I have is much larger.

Here is a picture of the cultures

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Re: small food culture (infusoria)

Post by Biulu on Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:09 pm

I think it is about time I also get a basement with a south facing window... It is great that you succeeded! But what about your new sterbai babies?! I bet they would like some infusoria... No killifish fry at the moment?
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Post by vince0 on Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:19 pm

you are totally right, I do have some killifish fry that very well could enjoy the meal. I better go look at how to harvest these critters.

will update!
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Post by Ursus sapien on Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:22 pm

good post Vince. I always forget about infusoria when talking about food cultures.
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Post by JayB on Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:54 pm

Glad to see you had success. Looking forward to hearing how you harvest the infusoria (and who gets to dine on them)
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