What do you feed your Rotifers?

What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby CoralAndFishDepot » Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:27 pm

Just curious what everyone else feeds to their rotifers and how often. Thanks
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby jeff@zina.com » Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:40 pm

Reed's RG Complete. (http://apbreed.com/products.html) I add what's needed to keep the water a green tint. Hard to describe, but it works for me.

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What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby Mein_Fuhrer » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:11 pm

Phytoplankton cultured from Florida aqua farms. The motile species I have found have a longer life span. I been culturing Tetraselmis with the same companies Microalgae Grow fertilizer. A heads up is. Not to use miracle grow as it might be tempting.

Just like the above post add the phytoplankton when the culture begins to loses it's green color. As a starting source you can use Roti Feast from Reef Nutrition. Just a few drops for a 2-L bottle will get it going.
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby rayjay » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:35 pm

Spirulina powder and Algamac 3050 powder blended for two minutes in water, added sparingly 3 times a day when harvesting, once a day when just maintaining.
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby CoralAndFishDepot » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:46 pm

Great 3 different choices. Thank you! Now are there any benefits to usuing one of those over the other? I will be feeding clownfish larva with the rotifers L Type. Thanks for your help.
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby Suzy » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:07 am

I have used the pastes from Brine Shrimp Direct. They are super concentrated.
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby rayjay » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:19 am

I used to use the Tahitian Blend paste from Brine Shrimp Direct but after 9/11, the shipping costs have increased dramatically and when shipped overnight, I don't get it for 10 days to 2 weeks and by then the product is no good.
I buy the spirulina powder from them but it is ok in the time it takes to get here.
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby CoralAndFishDepot » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:21 am

I am using RG Complete right now but it $35 a bottle plus $20 shipping. Are there other alternatives that are cheaper?
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby Suzy » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:06 am

The pastes from BSD may be cheaper, because they are so concentrated. But, as Rayjay states, the shipping may make their cost more for you. If you try them, be sure to get " glycerine free".
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby jeff@zina.com » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:24 am

CoralAndFishDepot wrote:I am using RG Complete right now but it $35 a bottle plus $20 shipping. Are there other alternatives that are cheaper?

Cheaper, yes. But for me the time costs as much as the difference. I'm still trying to get a local source that will order it for me so I don't pay shipping.

For me, cheaper is FAF or Algagen pastes or simply culturing my own.

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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby rayjay » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:42 pm

your local source will have to add their shipping costs to the price they charge you for it.
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Postby jeff@zina.com » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:38 pm

rayjay wrote:your local source will have to add their shipping costs to the price they charge you for it.

But they can bring in a lot for the same shipping charge. :)

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Postby jeff@zina.com » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:38 pm

rayjay wrote:your local source will have to add their shipping costs to the price they charge you for it.

But they can bring in a lot for the same shipping charge. :)

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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby rayjay » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:47 pm

Now all you have to do then is to find them enough customers for the product to entice them to bring it in.
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Re: Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby Scottt » Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:41 am

jeff@zina.com wrote:
rayjay wrote:your local source will have to add their shipping costs to the price they charge you for it.

But they can bring in a lot for the same shipping charge. :)

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Is this the Reed stuff you guys are talking about? It is available in stores for the same prices as on the Reed Website. The stores get it at a price that allows them to sell it for the same price as the Reed website (and are required to I believe). But you get the free shipping when buying from an LFS.

I might be mistaken, but I think the Brine Shrimp Direct algae is Reed stuff too, isn't it?
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby Suzy » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:54 am

Is it? The paste from BSD is so much more concentrated, it seems....
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby rayjay » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:42 am

Yes, the Brine Shrimp Direct algae paste comes from Reed, at least it did when I was buying.
For me though, BSD's Tahitian Blend, which they blend themselves and is not a Reed blend, is more economical to buy a given amount unless you are using so much you can buy a bottle of each and blend it yourself.
Not all stores in all areas carry Reed pastes so if no one in a given area is selling it, you have to create enough sales for a store to bring it in, or buy it yourself direct.
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby Suzy » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:49 pm

"Tahitian Blend" can have glycerin. Be sure to specify.

I live close to BSD. I will ask. I am not sure if they get their stuff from reeds, or if they both get their stuff from
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby rayjay » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:43 am

Yes it does have glycerine but that is no problem as far as I'm concerned.
It is my understanding the Reed is the manufacturer of the paste.
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby EasterEggs » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:30 am

I use RotiGrow Plus from Reed's. I use enough to tint the water green, where it will be cleared by the next feeding (water will look like light brown tea from the color of the rotifers, but no longer green from the algae). I feed 2-3x per day. I find if I feed less, but more times per day then they will overall eat less product, but the density of the culture will be greater. Strange, but I have heard others claim this as well. I will be switching to RGComplete when my RG+ runs out. RGComplete has buffers and ChlorAm-X in it so it is an all-in-one, plus a longer shelf life means no freezing. :D
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Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby vaporize » Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:57 pm

A few comments on the above.

Roti-Feast is concentrated dead rotifers for feeding corals, it is not for feeding Rotifers. One of their older product RotiferDiet is used for feeding Rotifer, people usually confuse about the two.

For most hobbyist breeders, APBreed is the best choice since it adds in the ammonia remover & enriching into the rotifer growing process. It works for most clownfish breeders, however I remembered MattP once commented that due to different fatty acid composite (the different omega3 fatty acid level), some larve might prefer certain type of enrichment more than other.

If you are looking for the higher level pure rotifer growing,

RotiGrow Nanno would give the highest yield,
RotiGrow Plus = growing + enrichment
RotiGrow N-Rich = pure enrichment to boost

Of course there are the older products Nanno 3600 and RotiferDiet 3600.

Honestly for 'home' grown type of culturing, I don't see much a difference between using either, but for small size breeders it might start to matter. The great thing about the Nanno products is that it can be kept frozen for longer period of time, the other algae mixed cannot be freezed.
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Re: Re: What do you feed your Rotifers?

Postby jeff@zina.com » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:41 pm

Scottt wrote:Is this the Reed stuff you guys are talking about?

It is. But my LFS doesn't want to order it for some reason. :(

I have a source that is less than local, but I get there once a month or so anyway and the RotiGrow Plus lasts me longer than a month. Except when I spill it in the refrigerator and upset my wife...

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