Aquarium Clean Up Crew

Aquarium Clean Up Crew

We hobbyists take pride in maintaining healthy environments for our pets. We struggle day-by-day to keep their homes pristine and ideally suited to their needs, but there’s always the threat of disaster looming on the horizon: algae, ammonia spikes, too many nitrates! Luckily we can enlist the help of certain organisms to keep the dangers at bay. I call them…. The Clean Up Crew! Continue reading “Aquarium Clean Up Crew”

Culturing Freshwater Amphipods for Live Food

Many fishkeepers swear by feeding their pets live foods. Some popular ones you’ve probably heard of are baby brine shrimp, microworms, black worms, vinegar eels, etc… One you may not have heard of (other than complaints of infestation) is the lowly amphipod or “scud” as they are sometimes called. Saltwater enthusiasts have been using amphipods as fish food for some time now, but there are freshwater species that we can take advantage of for our pets. If you aren’t familiar with freshwater amphipods, check out my Amphipod Species Profile.

It is fairly easy to start and maintain a colony of amphipods for use as live food. I keep them in my aquariums as a sort of naturally occurring snack, but you can keep them in their own container to harvest as needed.

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DIY Homemade Invertebrate Food from Aquarium Plants

If you’re like me, you often find yourself with an abundance of aquatic plants in your aquarium, and you simply don’t know what to do with it all. You’ve already given away as much as your friends will take. You’ve sold some on eBay or Aquabid. You’re now getting dirty looks from the folks at your fish club meeting, because you keep bringing in bags of duckweed. You’ve even thrown it in the trash (gasp!). Exasperated, you think to yourself, “there has to be a better way!” Well, you are in luck, because if you have pet invertebrates, you can turn those troublesome plants into delicious and nutritious pet food! Continue reading “DIY Homemade Invertebrate Food from Aquarium Plants”