This Kit includes:
- 1x 100ml daphnia
- 2x 7g Double packet of Yeast
- 1x 50ml Hobby LiquiZell - Instant Artemia/ Daphnia Algae Food
- 1x Bucket or Tub 10L, White or Transparent
- 1 x 1kg Silver Silica Sand
You will need:
- 1x tall 1L container to introduce the daphnia to your water chemistry
- Some algae eating snails/ tubifex or both (optional, recommended)
- "Kolln Melt Flakes" or Flake Fish Food to feed Snails/ Tubifex (optional)
- Water conditioner
- Aged tab water
- mix a few crumbs of the yeast provided, with 2 Tea Spoons of water to feed your daphnia Daphnia
- Fill the Daphnia into a clean 1L container, not the tank, yet.
- Fill the 1L daphnia container with about 100ml of aged tab water every few hours until full.
- Daphnia can go into shock, if the water conditions change quickly or too much water is added/ changed.
- Adding a cap of Bio Starter may help your daphnia along this process and keep them alive.
- Make up a solution of dried yeast and water with the packs of yeast provided.
- You will only need a few crumbs of yeast on 2 table spoons of water.
- This measure should be increased when the daphnia population increases.
- Feed the Instant Algae Food and yeast solution in rotation. 2 or 3 drops on 1L should do. Just so, that the water looks slightly milky or green, depending on the food used.
- For your main culture later on, you will need 3 to 6 drops or more. It has always been best to feed Instant Algae Food and yeast in rotation.
Preparation of main Daphnia Culture:
- Rinse bucket with cold water
- Place the sand into the Tank
- fill with aged water and add water conditioner
- leave it to stand for 1 day
- put the snails/ tubifex or both in (optional)
- wait for 1 week for the snails/ tubifex to do their bit and to condition your daphnia
- adding 1 cap of Bio Starter Filter Bacteria will speed this process up as well
- stirring the water slowly once a day will move up uneaten food
There will be some build up after a while that should be siphoned off regularly as it can block the daphnia's movement/ trap them. The siphoned off build up will still contain a lot of daphnia and they should be siphoned again after the build up has settled.
Hints and tips:
You will always loose some daphnia. In some cases the daphnia need up to 2 months to establish them selves and to start properly reproducing. Daphnia can be sensitive to water changes, so don't add/ change to much water until the daphnia are fully used to your water or you may loose them all! Always use aged tab water. Harvest some of the daphnia with a net or siphon them off.