I also find their claims somewhat hard to believe. Just this past weekend when I asked for Rotifers at a LFS
, and they offered the Doc's Eco Matter since it 'contained' rotifers. I didn't buy it. No way that rotifers would be alive after sitting in a bottle at the LFS
for weeks. They would have long starved, so perhaps there are resting eggs. I even bought a bottle in the past, back when I was just looking for Pods for my fuge and was a bit dismayed when I looked up the actual contents online and realized that everything that had a chance of re-producing in my fuge, I already had in my fuge. There are definitely live pods in the bottle,though. At least there were plenty of harps and calanoids in the bottle I purchased.
I also tried their Eco bites. I bought a bottle last week intending to try and culture it. I tried this with Phycopure Greenwater (Nanno
), and it went like gangbusters. The Eco bites on the other hand did nothing. I prepared it the same way as my Nanno
, same light, same SG, same amount of F/2, and it just sat there for a week not getting any denser. I eventually gave up and dumped it.
I would be more inclined to try the mixture from copepods.ca, but they are local to me so I can drive there and pick up a fresh packed bottle. Same thing applies though, I already have the easy to culture pods that are included and the calanoids are not likely to take hold in my fuge, so I am less interested.