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Culturing Infusoria (green water)

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Culturing Infusoria (green water)

Postby Mick » Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:32 am

Infusoria is a valuable food source for fry that are too small to take on newly hatched brine shrimp when they first start feeding. It is basically a group of micro-organisms that develops in the water, naturally it will develop by itself, but in a culture jar it can be speeded up to provide a food that is free for fish breeders. The micro-organisms are normally protozoa and cilliates that are generally classed as Protista.

Setting up a culture is very simple, all you need is a reasonably sized container, I normally use an old pint beer glass. In the bottom of this I add some old potato peeling or a piece of lettuce for the infusoria to feed on, fill the glass with water and youre nearly there. Place the glass near indirect sunlight and the infusoria should start to show as a green haze in a couple of weeks. Do not give this liquid to the fry in this state as there will be high ammonia levels due to the rotting matter but instead pour half the mix into another glass and top up with de-chlorinated water. Leave for a few more days and then start syphoning of the culture for use. The mix should be syphoned daily or the infusoria will start to overcrowd the water and then the mix will go off and the infusoria will die.

Add food for the culture on a regular basis but remember to split the mix as posted above to allow the ammonia content to fall before use.

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