We have also caught the fairy shrimps (yes, I am trying to sound smart, even when it is yet under a minute I found out what these creaturea are! ) in Pune too. These were found in a puddle after heavy non seasonal rains. didn't try to culture the guys, but will do it now, with some research on them. My bettas love them!
these appear as excellent substitues to live tubifex,
hopin to culture em and feed em to the batches of betta fry that are soon to come and also to condition the brood stock,
these guys are quite easy to culture from what i have experienced the past 3 days,
amazing creatures to watch
where you found them in pune? Can you please give more details?
I found them in a puddle on the hill near my place, and there were loads of it then. they were in two puddles close by, and with clear water. I guess the water there would be slightly hard, as in a nearby quarry, the stones had white deposition hard (actually impossible) to remove.
Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:42 am Post subject: Re: a weird native collected,
this might be a vague reply, but in case of dormant plant seeds, to break the dormancy drying is a way. so similarly the drying the eggs can be a way, but the temperature will be the key. I also think the way we wet them would also be important as the temperature and wet first for 1 2 days and then submerged to mimic the on set of monsoon.
a week of dry period with the substrate and then wet and submerged looks fine IMO.
let's experiment and share. I will collect some here and start the same asap.
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Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:55 am Post subject: Re: a weird native collected,
from what i read these guys go a dry-cold -wet cycle when they are cysts,
so will harvest the eggs, let em out in room temperature till they dry will put em up in a fridge and then re-wet them,
hoping this works,
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