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 Post subject: infusoria ?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:18 pm 
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Anybody got a surefire can't-miss recipe to culture infosoria ?

I got a planaria culture from Bill, but somehow managed to turn it into a cyclops culture (cute little buggers, but too big for my gourami fry !).
I'm assuming the cyclops are eating all the planaria... so I'd like to start another culture ASAP.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:57 am 
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Hmmmmmmmm. Good one.

I've never heard of an infusaria "culture".

I usually keep tons of java moss in my fry tanks and that works untill they are big enough for vinegar eels or BBS.

I might have to watch this thread.


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 Post subject: Cultivation of Infusoria
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:45 am 
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Heres what my old (19th edition) Innes Book says.

"There are two general methods. One is to set up a mild decomposition in water and wait for infusoria spores from the air to settle on the water, there to multiply on the products of decay. A handful of roughly crumpled lettuce placed in a quart of water produces results in about 4 days. So does chopped hay.One of the best mediums we know is dried Anacharis sprinkled on the water. Many organic substances may be used. A tank containing those lettuce-devouring snails, Ampullaria paludosa ("infusoria snails"), soon brings forth infusoria that prosper on their half digested droppings. Cultures depending on decay should be started in rotation every few days if a continuous supply is needed. Aeration freshens such cultures, and prolongs their life.
A laboratory method is to prepare a boiled and cooked culture medium which is then inoculated with selected organisms, usually Paramecia, commonly to be found in old aquarium water, barnyard drainage, etc. Biological companies sell it. Only a little is needed.Boiled cultures do not foul, and last well. Rice, chopped hay, canned pea or black bean soup, dried lettuce leaves are among many suitable stocks for boiling.Use about 3 tablespoons of mixed ingredients to a quart of water. This may be kept covered as stock and further diluted with water when poured into culture vessels (preferably shallow trays) for innoculating."

That is what the old book ( Exotic Aquarium Fishes, A work of General Reference by William T. Innes copyright 1966) said. I have never done this. If you try it let me know if it works.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:09 pm 
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Holy Cow.

I'm starting to wonder if my "just using java moss" method is sufficient now. :?


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You know how the water in your flower vase gets all cloudy? That's essentially an infusoria culture. A fast method I've read (not tried) is to take a little of some kitchen scraps like old lettuce leaves and such, put it in a shallow vessel on your window sill with some tank water. Once it's cloudy but doesn't smell yet, decant for feeding. Java moss, sponge filters, etc, do grow infusoria.

Ryan


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 Post subject: Infusoria
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 8:52 am 
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The method I have also heard but not tried is the same.Simply take
some lettuce and put it in clean water and let it sit
in the sun for a few days.Green water is loaded with infusoria.
A sponge filter and java moss are good backups but probably will not
cut it alone for tiny Gourami fry etc.

Rich,
You have to meet this kid Norman from the N.H. club.He cultures
several diffrent types of infusoria.He also keeps about 10 different
types(sizes) of daphnia along with every other live food.He brings them
in to the monthly auction a lot.They meet tommorow night-Wish I
could get out of work some how.Anytime you want to go,I usually make
it every month.No Boston but something different.

Tom


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