The supplied Baby Brine Shrimps (BBS) are nauplii of Artemia salina. They are one of the best foods for fry, juveniles and small fishes, used as a diet supplement by many avid fish keepers for their nutritional value!
The BBS closely duplicate the nutritional value of many of the small freshwater crustaceans found in the natural habitats of our fishes. They have the added advantage of being enriched by special micro foods containing extra vitamins and amino acids to condition most freshwater and marine tropical fish. Moreover, they are free from freshwater parasites and bacteria since they come from water with heavy salt concentrations.
Storage, or holding live BBS at cold temperatures, is a way of preserving the nutritional quality while maintaining a live food. Place the bags in the refrigerator. The BBS should remain alive for a few days for later feedings. Cold storage of live BB
Mysis shrimps are extremely high in nutritional value for all medium to larger fresh and saltwater aquarium fish. Mysis shrimp induce an energetic feeding response in even finicky aquarium fish. Mysis shrimp boast naturally higher fatty acid profiles and Omega-3’s than enriched brine shrimp.
Mysids are small shrimp-like crustaceans with a heavy carapace covering their thorax and can grow to 1 cm in length. Adapted to life in estuaries, these tough, hardy crustaceans can withstand a wide range of salinity and temperatures. Mysidopsis species are omnivorous and cannibalistic, feeding on diatoms and small crustaceans such as copepods.
These crustaceans are commonly called possum shrimp because the females carry their developing young in a bulging pouch or marsupium formed by at the base of their legs. Females can carry broods of up 30 fry in their pouches, although 6 or 7 is the norma
Daphnia, popularly known as water fleas, are small crustaceans that live in fresh water such as ponds, lakes, and streams. They serve as an important source of aquatic food. Feeding live Daphnia results in a remarkable improvement in the appearance, health, and longevity of fish and other aquatic organisms. They mature in just a few days, so it does not take long to grow a stable culture.
If fish could write, Daphnia would be at the top of their grocery list. These irresistible, tasty little morsels don’t cause indigestion or constipation and are non-fattening. These little water fleas, as they are sometimes called, love to propagate, and are most enticed to do so in alkaline water (above pH 7.0) that is between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with medium light intensity. Incredibly, they are quite content in a relatively small volume of water as long as there is enough food and oxygen to support them.
The fish originates from Cap Estérias, Estuaire Province, Akanda National Park, Gabon. The original specimens have been collected by T. Blum, P. Sewer, H. Weder and R. Gluggenbuehl in July and August 1997.
Breeding is relatively easy, employing a spawning method known amongst hobbyists as «egg scattering». There exist several different methods of spawning it, and much is down to personal preference. A pair can easily be spawned in a tank as small as 12″ x 8″ x 8″. It’s often recommended that it should be spawned in trios, but brood sizes tend to be lower when it’s bred this way. This is perhaps due to the fish that is not involved in the spawning activity eating some of the eggs.
Many breeders do not use filtration in killi breeding setups but the addition of a small, air-driven sponge filter is good to prevent stagnation. The water should be soft and acidic with a pH
The Ceylon Killifish (Aplocheilus dayi) is a species of killifish endemic to Sri Lanka. Aplocheilus dayi is one of the easiest killifish to keep and breed. They will eat flake food and are content to occupy the surface of a community tank. You can start your colony having just one breeding pair. The adult fish grow up to 8 – 9 cm if kept in a spacious aquarium and fed well on varied foods preferably live ones. Both sexes have a black dot at the rear end of the base of the dorsal fin.
A group of 10 fishes can be successfully kept in a 100-liter aquarium having a large sponge filter. No other décor is really required, except for the requisite tight-fitting lid. The spawning medium is a 5 – 6 cm long mop of green yarn with a slightly coarse texture, clipped to the top of the tank for easy removal or to a floating cork. For the best result, it is recommended to feed the breeding fish with live Artemia,