i have been using brine shrimp from day one. i know its not the best idea, but its the only thing i have available. i have been careful not to overfeed because of sbd. i have also tried Hikari's first bite (powered food) with no luck.
the canadian trans-shipper has offered to ship me a culture of vinegar eel and daphnia. i'm not sure if i want it because it takes weeks to cultivate. i will probably take him up on his offer the next time i spawn.