The Daphnia Holy Grail
Hi guys I've been wanting to start a culture of daphnia ever since i read about their benefits. I'm from Peachtree City, GA, south of downtown Atlanta. Surrounded by numerous lakes, i thought finding daphnia in the wild would be piece of cake especially with spring in the air and temperature kicking up. BUT I WAS WRONG. I know that you can get a starter culture from the web but i would like to hunt them down in order to avoid the cost. If there's a member on this forum from GA and would kindly spare a culture of daphnia, it would be greatly appreciated, both from me and my fish. But if not, Is there any tip on finding them? I went to three lakes today.
Lake 1: saw some small fish, a school of HUGE tadpoles (about the width of two adult fingers combine, i thought they don't get bigger than the width of the pinky). No daphnia, at least not what i saw.
Lake 2: some semi-aquatic plants, some fish, and what seems to be dragonfly nymphs (because they look like small dragonflys but in water and not much of a wingspan).
Lake 3: some fish, some mean-looking turtles (sharp claws with sharp edges on the back of the shell).
I thought that in order support some of these animals i've mentioned, some daphnia is required because they're in the bottom tier of the food chain.
I actually brought home a sample of water from one of the lakes and looking closely, i can see a small critter with horn/hair-like-thing protruding from the head. IT'S NOT A SNAIL because it doesn't have a shell and it actually SWIMS around. Too bad that it's so small, otherwise i would take a picture of it. Anyone know what it is and whether it's a good snack for my bumbleebee gobies and dwarf puffers?