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post #1 of 14 Old 09-30-2010, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
How to grow infusoria for fry

I have a spare 8 US gal tank and I'm thinking of having it as a fry tank.

I want to get a really good infusoria growth going in it first and would like to know the best way to do this.

Im thinking the set up will be something like this: sponge filter (alternatives to this welcome as I don't really want to run a noisy air pump 24/7), heater, it has a bright white light in the lid, substrate free.

I have recently bought a big bunch of floating plants for a different tank - not sure what it is called, I will try to find out - would this be good? What are good plants for encouraging infusoria etc for the fry to eat?

Any tips very welcome! :)
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-30-2010, 11:53 AM
jam bottle, banana skin or other fruit skins soaked in it and left in a shady area that gets some light in the morning would be great for breeding those things

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post #3 of 14 Old 09-30-2010, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
Then I just dump the water from the jar into the tank?? Won't it stink?! Lol
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-01-2010, 12:13 PM
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That works, but you cover it with water, (I would use lettuce), wait until the water turns cloudy and then clears up again, and then feed it with a dropper.

Personally, I'd set up a soil tank (soil is full of dormant basteria), drop some dry leaves in (from an area untained by pollution and such), throw a bunch of plants in, and put a lot of plant-safe snails (pond, Ramshorn, MTS). Let it sit with no fish feeding lightly daily and only the (soon to be massive) snail population. Soon you'll see all kinds of little planaria moving around the tank. Scoop out a bunch of snails, and you're ready.

(The planaria act as food for the larger fry. Planaria feed on infusoria, so they tell you when there is some.)

Sponge filter is good, but I'd use a powerhead-driven one.

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post #5 of 14 Old 10-01-2010, 06:26 PM
lol no dont dump it.wait till it clears a little and you'll see white particles in the middle area.use a pipette to remove it and drip in in the tank

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post #6 of 14 Old 10-02-2010, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
Would the soil idea work in a large unfiltered/unheated bowl?
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-02-2010, 11:22 AM
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Something like....


this maybe?





This is unfiltered, but it has a heater and a light. The one above has only sunlight.


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post #8 of 14 Old 10-02-2010, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
Ha, "here's one I made earlier!!" LOL

I just want the most simple way of doing it...so a bit of soil in a jar with tap water and put in the window? Would that work? Do I need to condition the water / add plants / snails etc?

How do the snails help?

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post #9 of 14 Old 10-02-2010, 01:28 PM
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If you're going to use soil, I reccomend clicking on the link in my signature.

You can dig some dirt out of your yard (dig deep, about a foot. You only need a spoonful or two for a bowl.)
Let the soil dry out to where it gets hard and brittle. Smash it into a sand or powder consistancy.


If you want a true soil substrate, then get some "Organic choice miracle grow potting soil", and place a half inch in the bottom, and sprinkle some of the crushed soil on top. Wet the soil a little bit, and add gravel, and about an inch of water (carefully to avoid disturbing the bed)

Then plant the crap out of it- you need lots of plants, with most of them rooted. Emersed plants like the bamboo work well too.

Then slowly fill with water. Snails will help eat any organic material, and MTS are especially useful for stirring the bed.

That's enough typing. Go read my other topic. :)

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post #10 of 14 Old 10-02-2010, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
LOL "plant the crap out of it", thank you I shall do that!!!
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