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Moina (Moina macrocopa)

Moina (Moina macrocopa)

Moina (Moina macrocopa) is a common freshwater crustacean generically known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the water flea.   They are found to some degree in all parts of America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and almost every continent on earth. Moina macrocopa are commonly found in stagnant or very slow moving water that contains large amounts […]

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Tubifex Worms (Tubifex tubifex)

Tubifex Worms (Tubifex tubifex)

Tubifex Worms (Tubifex tubifex) also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Sludge Worms or Sewage Worms are a segmented worm species found in the the bottom sediments of rivers, lakes, sewer lines and discharge outlets worldwide. Of the 16 known species of Tubifex in the genus below,  Tubifex tubifex is the most commercially raised: […]

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Microworms (Panagrellus redivivus)

Microworms (Panagrellus redivivus) are actually small, round, free living nematodes, that are easy to grow, easy to collect and make a great food for tiny tropical fish and baby fry. Traditionally, newly hatched brine shrimp nauplii have been used almost exclusively by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the initial food for fry however, they die […]

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Daphnia pulex

Daphnia (Daphnia pulex)

Daphnia (Daphnia pulex) is the most common freshwater species known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Water Fleas, Moina, or Water Bugs. They inhabit almost every slow moving, nutrient rich body of water as plankton in open water lakes, living mainly in the upper portion of the water column near the algae rich surface, or […]

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Female Daphnia (Daphnia Magna)

Daphnia (Daphnia Magna)

Daphnia (Daphnia Magna) are known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Water Bugs or Water Fleas and make an excellent live freshwater food source that can be collected from farm ponds, acidic swamps, or easily cultured in your home. Daphnia Magna are small plankton like crustaceans that are found in South America and throughout the northern […]

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Brine shrimp (Artemia salina)

Brine Shrimp (Artemia)

Brine Shrimp (Artemia) also known as Sea-Monkeys, is a prehistoric genus of aquatic crustaceans commonly used by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts the world over as a food source for adult tropical fish and their fry. Brine Shrimp are found in inland saltwater lakes with high salinities up to 25%, which for the most part protects […]

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Vinegar Eels (Tubatrix aceti)

Vinegar Eels (Tubatrix aceti) are harmless, non parasitic nematodes, that many tropical fish keeping breeders feed to smaller fry when larger microworms and baby brine shrimp or smaller infusoria cannot be used. Many tropical fish keeping enthusiasts prefer feeding vinegar eels to smaller fry instead of microworms because of their ability to live in freshwater […]

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White Worms (Enchytraeus albidus)

White Worms (Enchytraeus albidus)

White Worms (Enchytraeus albidus) are are very easy to raise when kept in the right conditions and make an excellent live food source for a variety of carnivorous tropical fish species. White worms are relatives of the common earthworm.   They are white, seldom grow over 1″ in length, are free of parasites, are high in […]

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White Worm Culture

Live Foods For Killifish

Killifish and many other carnivores in their natural environment feed on live foods like small crustaceans, worms, a variety of insects, and insect larvae.    Although a few species of killifish include algae into their diets, the majority of killifish kept by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts are carnivores that require live foods to keep them healthy […]

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