Post by dvg on Aug 5, 2020 17:40:33 GMT
Earlier in May this year i collected some water from the drainage ditch from alongside the road in front of the house here.
From that water, seed shrimp, cyclops copepods, a Daphnia were obtained and have since been kept in culture here.
Here is a link to a thread i had started with regards to culturing these arthropods as feeders for Utric traps.
These feeders can also be employed by fishkeepers for the small fry they may be raising in their breeding projects.
On the feeder front here, I have managed to keep collections of cyclops copepods, Daphnia, pond snails and seed shrimp.
The cyclops copepods are tiny enough to fit into the smallest of bladderwort traps.
They are also so tiny, that it is very difficult to completely keep them from being tankmates with my Daphnia or seed shrimp, though they seem to get along with the others.
I currently have 9 containers of cyclops copepods, and them only.
And i just have to accept that the copepods will be in with my other two feeders.
The Daphnia are easy to keep, if they are fed and have occasional water changes.
They are still alive in my ren-nel water tray, as well as a few other Utric containers.
The seed shrimp have finally sprung to life here in an enclosure that had been built for them, complete with rocks, moss, baby snails and the ubiquitous cyclops copepods.
For a while there were no seed shrimp swimming around, but with a little patience, some cysts produced a handful of them a few weeks ago, and now there are many more of varying size.
These will soon be separated into a few more breeding chambers, to help keep them going.
I have been feeding all of the cultures a yeast/spirulina mixture that is fed to fruit fly feeders.