Ok I have not started to breed as of yet but for laughs I wanted to make a culture of green water and Infusoria.
The live food cultures are the scariest things for me because when I do find a pair to breed I am terrified I will end up with fry and dead cultures of food. (Or somehow contaminated cultures) I figured this is probably the only culture I could test out that won't cost me anything.
From what I understand I need:
A container for the culture.
Question: Does this container need to be clear glass or can a semi clear plastic work in its place such as deli type containers?
Question: What size container is best to use for the culture if you intend to use it on one betta spawn?
A lettuce leaf or some kind of veggie peels that are blanched in water to make it wilt.
Question: Is there any kind of veggie peels or old vegetables that might prove to be toxic to fry when left rotting in the culture since you end up using water directly from this container?
Question: Should I use liquid ammonia or should I use a few crushed betta pellets? If I use liquid how much do you think I should add per container size?
Some liquid plant food to start algae for the green water. A site said Miracle Grow for regular plants.
Question: Is this safe for fry? It also didn't say how much to add to the container.
Question: I have Aqueon Aquarium Plant Food and algae seems to love this stuff. Should I put a small amount in the container to start a big algae bloom? (It's the kind of algae that coats everything in a thick green choking slime.)
Set in sunlight outside, or inside by a windowsill
Question: About how long do you have to wait for the creepy crawlies to populate the culture?
Question: In case of very happy algae should the large globs of it be removed or does the infusoria feed off it?
Question: If something like this is used for your fry tank do you just siphon some of the water out of the container and squirt it into the tank being careful not to get any globs of algae or decayed lettuce?