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Old 02-19-2007, 09:34 PM   #1
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I had a clutch of about 50 giant danios, but couldn't keep them fed. I hatched brine shrimp, but they were too big at first for the fry to eat. What can I feed without fouling the tank and how can I get/grow it in quantity?

Also, when I did get brine shrimp to hatch with an in-tank "hatch-n-feeder", I couldn't get a good steady supply to feed a lot of fry. Is there a better way?
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Some feed egg yolk, from hard boiled eggs. Depending on the size of the fry, well crushed flake food works, baby brine shrimp or commercial liquid fry foods. When my angelfish fry hatched I fed the egg yolk for the first while. I was moving and didn't have time to hatch baby brine shrimp.
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I would seriously consider Hikari First Bites. If you can't get it/ find it I would go with egg yolk (hard boiled and crushed up), cyclopzeeze or BBS. To feed the egg yolk you can crumble a small bit in a bowl and add some water, mash it up with a fork and then use a turkey baster or something similar to "spot feed" the fry. Not sure how much they are moving though so this may be difficult to do. They should be okay with crushed flake food if it comes down to that.
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I have been concerned about egg yolk because it seems to be too easy to pollute the tank with it.

I heard a suggestion to wet a toothpick and dip it into the fry food to get small amounts. I tried it and it seems to work well with crushed flakes, but I'm having difficulty crushing the flakes small enough in a baggie.
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I would just take some flakes, place them in my palm and press on them with a circular motion with a finger or two to crush them.

That is the reason that I recommended the "spot feeding" with the yolk. It can cloud up the water and soil the water parameters if you overfeed.
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Here's a link to culturing your own infusoria. It's simple and fry that are too small for even baby brine shrimp will eat these one celled creatures.

http://www.aqualandpetsplus.com/Live...0Infusoria.htm
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I took some pond water and brought it inside and cultured it for infusoria. There were lots of little organisms swimming around that the fry ate up. Any danger in that?
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Yes. There is always a danger adding untreated water to your aquarium. You've no idea what (if any), pathogens or parasites are included. Additionally pond water can contain chemicals from run off. It should be avoided.
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Yes. There is always a danger adding untreated water to your aquarium. You've no idea what (if any), pathogens or parasites are included. Additionally pond water can contain chemicals from run off. It should be avoided.
My 8,000 gal pond is lined with a raised edge, so no run off. I usually clean it totally annually and fill it with deep well water, so I think, in general, it's pretty clean. It's more like a huge aquarium than a farm pond. I grow large mouth bass and bluegill in it and haven't had fish kills, so that's another vote for it being clean. It just seems like an almost perfect and low risk source for infusoria to me.
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OK, I hear ya. Then why would you ask if there were any danger? Seems like you've taken the precautions and you mind is made up.
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