Rotifers needed urgently

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hi All,

i am urgently looking for Rotifers in the Durban area. I am expecting clown fry to hatch in 2-4 days.

would like to give raising them a go.
 

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Don't know anybody in Durban. You could try contacting Andre from Reef Aquatics, he should be able to ship to you if he has any.
 

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So I have successfully siphoned about 150-200 fry. Still no rotifers though. Does anyone in Duran have. Please. Feeding brime shrimp out of desperation but don't think it will help.
 

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While We're on the subject. Would you mind creating a thread of steps and procedures taken and what methods you used from hatch to fry. what do you plan to do with all them fishes etc
 

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While We're on the subject. Would you mind creating a thread of steps and procedures taken and what methods you used from hatch to fry. what do you plan to do with all them fishes etc
No Worries,

i setup a one of my hospital tanks as a holding tank (80 Lt).
placed an heater in the tank with an air-stone, it is important that the air flow from the stone runs past the heater to create water movement. the fry are attracted to the warmer water and will get toasted if there is no movement.

the fry hatch after 7-10 days after being laid, they turn orange, grey and then like a silver color.
what i did is i switch off all flow / current and lights on hatch night in the main display tank, the tank must be in complete darkness for about an hour.
i then pointed a strong led torch (narrow beam) directly into the tank, withing a few seconds the fry started to swarm around the light. i took a hose and siphoned them out into the tank.
i have feed with brime shrimp and phyto as i do not have Rotifers. but am very worried as i have read that there is a very low survival rate when not fed rotifers.

i believe that the fry can live off the sacks for a couple of days, but i was too slow for that, by the time i got to the sacks the rock was clean, think the mom and dad dug into them.

at this point i am not actually sure what i am going to do with them if the survive, i have received a lot of mixed feedback regarding the sale of them, however there are a number of post on this forum as well as other local forums where members are selling captive breed fish.
for now it is a new challenge, will cross that bridge if i succeed.
 

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Why is it not ok to use frozen rotifers? It's ends il like a liquid anyway.

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i believe that they will only eat live foods.
i have also phone a couple of the LFS and none have stock of the frozen anyway. was going to give it a try.
 

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The only reason they use live is to apparently train them to hunt.

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I have a pack of frozen rotifers, I've used one or two blocks but you can have th rest

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I have a pack of frozen rotifers, I've used one or two blocks but you can have th rest

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hey, thanks so much for the offer.
i managed to get some already, will try it out as soon as i get home.
i have done a lot of reading and apparently they don't go for dead Rotifers. i do appreciate the input and will try it. if i get a 10% survival i am happy.
 
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Keep us updated, good luck.

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No. I haven't. Any idea what number to phone. Do they sell to the public
Sorry I do not have a contact number. The CSIR next to the varsity used to have rotifer as well. You will also need green water to keep the rotifer going. If you not familiar with the process go to mofib.com for tons of info.
 

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