Amphipods are typically less than 10 millimeters long, among the more beneficial freshwater invertebrates we can introduce to our freshwater aquarium tanks, Aquatic Live Food’s supply Australian Plankton freshwater amphipods are prodigious grazers of microalgae and macroalgae.
Amphipods help control the growth of algae that might otherwise reach take over levels. Freshwater amphipods are beneficial in the main tank. This species breeds easily in captivity. Amphipods will not overpopulate your system as they are limited by space and available food. These eggs will develop into swimming larvae which will then be released directly into the water column in the aquarium. Many types of fishes feed on these critters, including bettas and many others.
Please use only captive-bred organisms in your aquarium. Mature females bear a marsupium, or brood pouch, which holds her eggs while they are fertilized, and until the young are ready to hatch. As the female ages, she produces more eggs in each brood. There are no larval stages; the eggs will hatch directly into a juvenile form, and will reach sexual maturity after 6 molts.
Place the amphipods either in the tank or filter floss compartment to start off your culture. Do not just drop them into your aquarium tank as the fish will eat them and it will be an expensive dinner.
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