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  1. weluvbettas
    10-17-2010 12:00 PM - permalink
    Hi oldfishlady , well i have a bit of a problem.........-flashback!- today while cleaning the fish room i managed to knock over my bbs culture. My fry are 5 weeks old now and i was wondereing will they be ok without bbs , i having been feeding them powdered food but have been dropping in a bit of bbs now and then (everyother day) . Will they be ok to eat powdered fry food now? Or should i just wip up some egg yolk?
  2. karlhague
    10-16-2010 07:33 PM - permalink
    Will they survive in cold weather?

    I will try get a green water culture going asap. that way i can try keep daphnia alive. my betta LOVES chasing them around his tank..

    Same with bloodworms is there a special way to keep those live? (i want to try using live foods for conditioning ,instead of frozen..
  3. Oldfishlady
    10-16-2010 07:30 PM - permalink
    Green water is what they eat and live in-I have never really cultured them in the house only outside in buckets
  4. karlhague
    10-16-2010 07:23 PM - permalink
    I wanted to ask that, its quite cold here now..

    How would i go about if i bought live daphnia how would i keep them alive?
  5. Oldfishlady
    10-16-2010 07:13 PM - permalink
    Or outside will work too, add a cup of pond water and you can also get a culture of daphnia going along with it and if you have mosquito....the mosquito larva are great to condition the breeders with-you can get them ready in about 3 days with live foods and you also get tiny larva that the fry will eat once they are about 1 or 2 old and big enough
  6. karlhague
    10-16-2010 07:02 PM - permalink
    So a bucket on the window with ramshorn snails and basically dump green stuffs in it?

    I have plenty of hay due to having horses lol
  7. Oldfishlady
    10-16-2010 06:56 PM - permalink
    Yes, make green water....lot of sun, something green and some snails
    I keep 1g bowl in an east window full of plants and common pond and ramshorn snail you can use lettuce, hay, green grass clipping too
    I siphon or dip the green water and add to my tanks
    I also do this in the spawning tank too-but different-mature tank, live plants and snails natural microorganism for free range feeding
    Watch the fry stomach-it should look round with black dots and orange/pink with BBS feedings
  8. karlhague
    10-16-2010 06:46 PM - permalink
    Ah excellent.. i will do the 24 hours mark, Trying to get as much infusoria ready as possible, are their anyways to culture it?
  9. Oldfishlady
    10-16-2010 06:40 PM - permalink
    Leaving the male with the fry vary from male-to-male, with some of mine I remove the male once the spawning act is over and others are still with their fry today after 3 months-the longer he can stay with the fry the better, but if he is eating them, well-you don't want, often the first spawn from the female you can get old eggs and the male eats them and it take a second spawn from her to get fresh eggs...I usually wait at least 3 days between spawns on females if well conditioned to start.
    I feed fry-infusoria and newly hatched BBS-once the BBS absorb their yolk sac they have little nutrition and you can see sudden death problems
    I would set the BBS hatchery up 24 hours apart and hatch small amounts at a time feed within 24-36h of hatching them-I usually start hatching BBS when the fry are about 4-5 days old-but I also have mature tanks full of micro organism for the fry to eat once the fry absorb their yolk sac at 72-80 hour mark
  10. karlhague
    10-16-2010 06:23 PM - permalink
    I was Going to Get 2 Brine Shrimp Hatcheries up and running set up a week apart..

    and was seriously considering The Walter Worms aswell as live daphnia.

    The containers attributes are:

    How Long Is too long when leaving a male in with the fry?

    I wanted to try leave them as long as possible unless i saw him eating them all
    I have snails plenty of those

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