Daphnia are freshwater planktonic filter-feeding microorganisms. They are commonly referred to as water fleas due to the hopping motion they make when moving about in the water. Daphnia provide two primary vitamins that are of vital importance to fish — vitamins A and D. Vitamin A is essential for the growth and development of fish, and it also serves as an excellent anti-infective agent. Vitamin D is primarily responsible for the production of bone, and all vertebrates are therefore dependent on it.
Daphnia also offer small amounts of vitamins B and C, which vary in quantity depending on what foods the Daphnia have consumed. Vitamin B supports tissue growth and stimulates appetite. Vitamin C aids in skin formation and coloration. Finally, Daphnia provide protein, carbohydrates (sugars and starches) and fats.
There are numerous advantages to offering live Daphnia to your fish in comparison to a diet consisting exclusively of dried foods. Dried foods typically lack essential vitamins. Daphnia provide the necessary vitamins in proportionally balanced quantities. Because they are a live food, Daphnia activate a fish’s instinct to hunt. Overfeeding Daphnia to aquarium fish will not pollute aquarium water because they will live until eaten later on.
Daphnia are an ideal size of live feed for most small- to mid-sized fishes (guppies, platies, molies, bettas, gourami, etc.) and fish fry. Live foods are vital to the good health and nutrition of aquarium fish. They are what fish eat in nature, and a necessity for promoting a successful breading program and raising the fry.
We are pleased to offer live Daphnia for online ordering!
Our kit includes:
1. Live Daphnia starter culture.
2. Setup instructions manual.
3. Specially formulated Daphnia food.
Your order will be shipped by Express Post.