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(Live) Daphnia carinata

  • Reserve met Reserve met 
  • Closed: Mon 23 Jul 2012, 4:33 pm
Listing #: 494594925
Fresh, live food is widely regarded as being more nutritionally complete than synthetic feed. There's also pride in growing your own food to feed yourself and all your pets, and peace of mind in knowing what goes in it.

The auction is for a species of freshwater zooplankton native to New Zealand and many other places. Give it standard aquarium or pond water conditions, add a source of nutrients to support the growth of suspended microorganisms, and then you can support yourself (or your fish/axolotls/utricularia) with a perpetually-renewing source of food.

In truth all you need is one LIVE female individual to guarantee yourself a colony, however having an auction for just one daphnia seems a little unconventional. I'll stick with convention to keep conventional people happy; this auction is for between 20 and 100 daphnia (population will more than triple within a week). More can be added (up to 100 small ones per litre by courier) but will result in quicker asphyxiation during transit.

I once had a colony of Ceriodaphnia or Moina spp. which grew to an ideal size for small fish (~1mm max, c.f. ~4mm D. carinata). If you know of anyone culturing them or in a local water body I'd be glad to know.

Currently I'm co-culturing a cyclopoid copepod and a Physid snail with a pretty shell that does a great job keeping the sedentary algae down. The cyclops is around Moina size or smaller so is good for smaller egg-layer fry once they get past the infusoria stage. I can add a pair of cyclops or Physid snails to the daphnia bottle.

Original source was PNBHS biology department, before then a stock trough in the Manawatu region most likely. My NCEA Level 3 Biology internal some years back was a report on the response of these to different wavelengths of light.

I also have a couple dozen 2-month-old long-finned ('Meteor') White Cloud Mountain Minnows which I can list, but as I've had no experience shipping live fish, interested folks will either have to pick up from Auckland or walk me through shipping.

Shipping details

  • $5.00  C4 ParcelPost, 1L bottle (1-3 working days)
  • $0.00  Pick up from Auckland CBD
  • $8.15  A4 Ready to Go courier, 1L bottle (1 working day)
  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: Auckland City, Auckland, NZ

Payment details

  • NZ bank deposit
  • Cash

About the seller

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  • Member since Nov 2008

Closes: Mon 23 Jul, 4:33 pm. 2012 This auction used auto-extend.