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21 Mar 2015 21:21 #1 by Eric (Eric Corcoran)
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Hey all ,
Does any 1 go and collect daphnia instead of culturing it ? My dad has a small fishless pond full of algae and I presuming it full of allsorts including daphnia. Would it be worth filling a few jars and see how it goes or whats the best way to go about it ?

Eric

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22 Mar 2015 13:22 #2 by JohnH (John)
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Eric,
What you need to consider is that - on most occasions - Daphnia doesn't just 'appear', OK there are instances of it being transferred on birds' feet, etc, but mostly it needs to be 'seeded' in the first place.
Bloodworms are a different issue as these, like Mosquito larvae and Glassworms are the larvae of 'terrestrial' flies - which lay their eggs in water and these remain there until they pupate, ultimately becoming flies in their own right.
Anyway - back to Daphnia.
If the algae in your father's pond is the 'thread' variety my suggestion would be for you to remove as much as possible (after first checking there is nothing already in residence) with a bamboo cane (put into the water and twisted around and around - the algae comes out quite easily) then introduce some daphnia and hopefully you'll then have a supply after a few weeks.
It might be worth adding a few chicken-poo (being polite again) pellets to encourage the growth of feed organisms (not too many, though).
Good luck - Daphnia's a great live food - although too much can act as a laxative if you aren't careful.
Seahorse sells Daphnia from time to time so you could perhaps get your starter culture from there?

John

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22 Mar 2015 20:12 #3 by Eric (Eric Corcoran)
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Thanks John. I was talking to a fish breeder I know from England and he just heads out to any stagnant pond and collects them. That's why I thought the fathers pond would have some. If I did get some I was thinking of putting them into the water butt and see how they go.

Eric

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