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Breeding Journal: Brachionus plicatilis (rotifers)


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    FlynnFish - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default Breeding Journal: Brachionus plicatilis (rotifers)

    Breeding Journal DataSheet

    This first post should be updated regularly to include new information as events take place
    or changes are made to your system


    General
    Species: Brachionus plicatilis (rotifers)
    Social Structure: no social structure
    Size of Individuals: 160 microns
    Age of Individuals: unknown
    Date added to Tank: july 1st 2011

    Broodstock Tank Details
    Size of Tank: 5 gallons
    Substrate Details: none
    Filtration Details: water changes
    Water Changes: after three day settle period- 1/3 volume is harvested everyday
    Water Temperature: 78
    Lighting: none
    Lighting Cycle: none
    Other Tank Inhabitants: none

    Broodstock Feeding Details
    Food Types: rotigrow +
    Feeding Schedule: a few drops to 2ml when needed

    Spawning Details
    Date of First Spawn: n/a
    Spawn Time of Day: n/a
    Dates of Consecutive Spawns: n/a
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    Larvae Description: n/a


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    FlynnFish - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Today was first day of harvest. This time around I am being extra precautionary with water changes and testing. I am using seperate cups when harvesting and washing hands between buckets. I have two buckets going for a back up. I will test ammonia levels tomorrow and adjust accordingly.
    I need to attend a Fish Breeders Anonymous class.
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    Good job! Got any pictures? How long have you been breeding?
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    FlynnFish - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Here are pictures of the buckets.

    2011 07 05102228 Warren Michigan US - Breeding Journal: Brachionus plicatilis (rotifers)

    My seperate harvesting cups
    2011 07 05102246 Warren Michigan US - Breeding Journal: Brachionus plicatilis (rotifers)

    The last time I tried raising rotifers the bucket was near an outside wall during the winter and the culture got too cold. So this time I have small heaters in the buckets to keep them at 78 degrees. The buckets are in the lower level of the house which could be considered the basement. The temperature stays in the upper 60s to lower 70s with the AC going.
    these are the heaters I used.
    2011 07 05102302 Warren Michigan US - Breeding Journal: Brachionus plicatilis (rotifers)
    Last edited by FlynnFish; 06-13-2013 at 06:39 PM.
    I need to attend a Fish Breeders Anonymous class.
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    FlynnFish - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    here are some detailed pictures of the rotifers, well I tried anyway.
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    I need to attend a Fish Breeders Anonymous class.
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    Very cool. Are you using these to raise fish you're breeding, or are these being dosed to your reef?

    Tom

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    Both. I feed what I can to the baby fish, and rest that needs harvesting goes to the reef tanks.
    I need to attend a Fish Breeders Anonymous class.
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    FlynnFish - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    I checked the Ammonia levels of the rot buckets yesterday and they were between 0.25 and 0.50. I added <1/8 teaspoon to some culture water then into the buckets. i'll post new test results when they are complete.
    Despite having the lids on the buckets the past two days the culture still eats through 6ml of concentrated Instant Algae a day with a feeding after harvest in the morning and another feeding at night before bedtime. I'll use my scope tomorow and see what the density is at.
    I need to attend a Fish Breeders Anonymous class.
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    FlynnFish - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    here is a video of my rotifers useing a microscope this is a high concentration with little water. they sat for a bit so they would stay still a bit more.
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M5tguwa7no]YouTube - &#x202a;rotifers&#x202c;&rlm;[/ame]
    I need to attend a Fish Breeders Anonymous class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlynnFish View Post
    here is a video of my rotifers useing a microscope this is a high concentration with little water. they sat for a bit so they would stay still a bit more.
    YouTube - &#x202arotifers&#x202c&rlm;
    amazing cam work
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