Daphnia Kit, Instant Algae

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  • Description

Everything you need to grow your own supply of Daphnia.

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
  • Guide

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

Set Up:

  • 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.