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Daphnia Single Feed Bag (Approx 115ml)

Regular price £1.99

Tax included.

All live foods are pre order only. Please place a seperate order for live foods and we will contact you for payment before we finalise any orders.

We are hoping that this will be a weekly order but due to carriage charges it may be fortnightly until we can build up our customer base as people see the benefits of this feeding program. Thank you.

Please note that prices may change as we build up our base, we will try to keep these as low as possible but these are based on similar that we have found online with shipping charges etc and have done our best to beat them. Obviously as we progress and order more we hope to smash existing online prices.

natural live food for the freshwater aquarium

Daphnia are small (0.5-3mm), almost transparent, freshwater crustaceans with two feather like antennae and only a single compound eye.  Their bodies are enclosed by a carapace and within the carapace they have leaf-like limbs they move to produce a current of water that circulates oxygen and nutrients to their mouth and gills. They swim by using downward strokes of their large antennae and move in a jerky motion that resembles a flea, giving them their common name of water fleas.

The eggs hatch in the brood chamber within the carapace of the femle daphnia and the juveniles are released in approximately two days when the female molts - they go on to reach maturity in around 6 to 10 days.

The nutritional value of daphnia varies depending on the water it was living in and the food that was avaialble to it.  Studies have found that dry matter content is around 40% protein with 5% fat and fibre and that it provides all the nutritional requirements of omnivorous fish like carp.

Daphnia is not suitable for feeding to marine fish as they die quickly in salt water and may break down causing water deterioration.  Feed to freshwater fish. 

 

STORAGE:  Daphnia should be stored, like brine shrimp, in a cool place or refrigerated in the unopened bag they are sold in. It is advisable to use as soon as possible  but daphnia should keep for up to a week if stored properly.

Feed daphnia only to fresh water fish - they will quickly die if introduced to a marine environment and may contaminate the water.  They can be added to the aquarium complete with the water they are supplied in or you can filter them through a net and add just the animals.  Ensure the net size is sufficiently small not to let the daphnia through - you will need a mesh of no larger than 400 microns (0.4mm) for this.

As with brine shrimp, a bag of daphnia contains enough animals for one feed for an aquarium larger than 24 inches.  This is only a guide though as it depends on the number, type and size of fish so make sure you only add enough so that the fish will eat the bulk of them in 15 minutes.