Frequently Asked Questions

Your Questions Answered: Aquatic Live Food FAQs

Dive into frequently asked questions from Aquatic Live Food customers with this article! We hope that if you have a question in mind, or just want to learn something new, this article will be of help!

Q – Why is my rotifer culture looking so poorly, and so few rotifers?

A – Your culture has been contaminated. It could be one or more of many things like, Cillia, Diatoms, Bacteria, Dead algae (from powder or dead paste), Ammonia, pH, Temp, Phosphates, nitrates, micro worms, Dinoflagellates, Chordates, Radiolarians, Protozoa etc. If you send me a 50-80ml sample of your culture I do an analysis of it for you?

Q – Can Daphnia be dangerous to your fish?

A – Yes, however, only wild caught Daphnia can be dangerous to your fish as they can carry viruses and bacteria from the fish in their previous environment. The good news? Aquatic Live Food has tank-cultured Daphnia for over five years without exposure to wild fish, ensuring they only nourish, not harm, your fish!

Q – Can microalgae help with dinoflagellates?

A- Yes microalgae (Phytoplankton) will compete with the dinoflagellates for food and light. You should turn off the lights for 3-5 days if the dinoflagellates are weak they will die out quickly. Live phytoplankton will starve out the dinoflagellates by consuming the food. Copepods and Rotifers will eat the phyto and dinoflagellates.

Putting in a variety of zooplankton, copepods, and rotifers and removing the light for 3-5 days can resolve this problem.

Q – Can microalgae help with stablising pH?

A- Yes, the addition of live microalgae will help stablise your pH as live algae will consume any nutrients in the water once the nutrient levels are stable in your tank the ph will also stablise.

Q – Why is my Mandarin Fish looking so skinny?

A- Because it is starving to death. Mandarin fish are wild caught and only eat Copepods until you train them to eat packaged foods.