Breeding

Breeding and Harvesting - live food first hand

Don't worry, we are not suggesting that live food is the only viable method. The development of various dried food compounds and the resulting simplification of keeping tropical fish has brought the aquarium to its present position as one of the most popular forms of keeping pets. However, for some very specialised types, live food is often necessary. Terrarium animals can rarely be fed on tinned food.

Live zoo-plankton should be regularly used in every aquarium to enhance vitality and resistance.




Red Mosquito Larvae

Red Mosquito Larvae (Chironomus aprilinus)

This plankton is popular thanks to its colour and association with fresh meat. Whether alive, frozen or lyophilised, these larvae are the most frequently bought natural fish food in Europe. Some types are, indeed, extremely high in haemoglobin. Their red complexion as well as their constant wriggling movements have an almost magnetic effect on fish.






Packaging (ml)
45, 90, 180o
Storage temp.
2 - 8oC
Keeping quality
1 - 4o
weeks
Delivery time
all yearo
Comments
storage life depends on theo
season and the species
Jumbo Mosquito Larvae

Jumbo Mosquito Larvae (Chironomus cf. plumosus)

The large red mosquito larvae, Chironomus cf. plumosus, can be found at the bottom of most European waters and is one of the most important animal nourishments for native freshwater fish. This makes them irresistible as fishing bait. It is a delicacy not only for aquarium fish, but also for other vivarium inhabitants such as amphibians, turtles, crustaceans and even for worm-eating songbirds.




Packaging (ml)
45, 90, 180o
Storage temp.
2 - 8oC
Keeping quality
approx. 10 dayso
Delivery time
seasonalo
Comments
for larger fish and as ano
excellent fishing bait
White Mosquito Larvae

White Mosquito Larvae (Chaoborus spec., Syn. Choretra)

White mosquito larvae and also crystal mosquito larvae of the Chaoborus family are the most widely recommended aquarium fish food. Professional breeders and experienced enthusiasts will agree on this. We harvest only the larvae of Chaoborus flavicans - a larvae which remains small. It primarily survives in clear, deep waters and feeds predatorily on planktonic small crustaceans. The high protein content and the specific proportion of unsaturated fatty acids which stimulate the readiness captured to reproduce, particularly in the case of carnivores.


Packaging (ml)
45, 90, 180o
Storage temp.
2 - 8oC
Keeping quality
1 - 6o
weeks
Delivery time
all yearo
Comments
storage life dependso
on the season
Red Waterfleas

Red Waterfleas (Daphnia pulex)

What really gave the original aquaristic its charm, along with the home experience, was hunting for natural food - the main subject here was the water flea. Apparently drawn by the ancient desire to hunt and collect, generations of aquarists scoured the countryside with timeon their hands in order to fill the mouths of brightly coloured fish.
Like the author of this text, many older aquarists can well remember their first water flea catcher made from mother's nylon tights.
The high demand for this nutritionally poor plankton seems to support this assumption. As water fleas only have a short lifespan and are sensitive, e.g. to changes in the weather, we unfortunately hesitated a long time before taking them on to breed and distribute.

Packaging (ml)
45, 90, 180o
Storage temp.
5 - 15oC
Keeping quality
approx. 7 dayso
Delivery time
all yearo
from own breeding
Comments
storage life is uncertain aftero
thunderstorms and in the summer
Copepods

Marine Copepods (different species)


These are marine copepods from the taxonomic family Calanidae with several thousand species described so far. They inhabit the pelagic zone, this means the open water zone of all oceans from the surface down to the Abyssopelagial in depths below 4,000 m. They represent the majority of the marine zooplankton and play a key role in the marine ecosystem. Both the smallest polyps as well as the largest of all vertebrates, the blue whale, use them as their food source. Calanoid copepods have another fundamental importance in the marine food chains: their larvae, nauplii in sizes from 50 to 200 Ám, are used by the larvae of many marine animals in the first days of their life as the only one food source.

Packaging (ml)
90, 180o
Storage temp.
5 - 8oC
Keeping quality
approx. 10 dayso
Delivery time
all yearo
from own breeding
Comments
rich in unsaturated fatty acidso
especially in Omega-3
Tubifex

Tubifex (Tubifex tubifex)

Enthusiasts, housewives and zoo stockists alike thank us for managing to pack Tubifex so that it survives and remains clean for a long time. Irritating water splashing is avoided, and the risk of bad odour is eliminated. A further plus: before packaging, the worms are intensively cleaned and watered, which also minimises health risks to your fish. This excellent food which, particularly for catfish, is rich in protein should be handled in moderation so that the worms do not settle as permanent guests in the bed of the aquarium.



Packaging (ml)
45, 90, 180o
Storage temp.
5 - 8oC
Keeping quality
2 - 6o
weeks
Delivery time
all year, excepto
after floods
Comments
storage lifeo
depends on the season
White Worms

White Worms (Enchytraeus cf. albidus)

This earth-type worm which enhances your fish's nutritional range with fatty acids and protein are not available in planktonic organisms. Successful breeding of many types of catfish often only works if, after periods of hunger, primarily White Worms are fed. This power-food should, however, not be given more than two to three times a week, as over-feeding may cause certain fish to become adipose.





Packaging (ml)
45, 90, 180o
Storage temp.
2 - 8oC
Keeping quality
2 - 4o
weeks
Delivery time
all yearo
from own breeding
Comments
promotes growtho
and reproduction
Brine Shrimps

Brine Shrimps (Artemia spec.)

Progressive industrial fish farming for keeping of pets as well as for human consumption would be impossible without Artemia nauplii - bred live from the incubator. Deep frozen Artemia is sold on the market in large quantities and is the second most popular natural fish food after red mosquito larvae.
To make a universal saltwater live food available, we cultivate Artemia all year round in greenhouses.




Packaging (ml)
45, 90, 180o
Storage temp.
5 - 15oC
Keeping quality
approx. 7 dayso
Delivery time
all yearo
from own breeding
Comments
storage life dependso
on the season
Brine Shrimp Nauplii

Freshly hatched Artemia nauplii (Artemia franciscana)

Progressive industrial fish farming for keeping of pets as well as for human consumption would be impossible without Artemia nauplii - bred live from the incubator. Deep frozen Artemia is sold on the market in large quantities and is the second most popular natural fish food after red mosquito larvae.
To make a universal saltwater live food available, we cultivate Artemia all year round in greenhouses.




Packaging (ml)
90, 180o
Storage temp.
5 - 15oC
Keeping quality
approx. 7 dayso
Delivery time
all yearo
from own breeding
Comments
storage life dependso
on the season
Blackworm

Blackworm (Lumbriculus variegatus)

Lumbriculus variegatus, an oligochaet which is a close relative of the earthworm and is known by the common name California Blackworm. It has been the most popular live food in freshwater aquariums in the USA and Australia for decades. Its high ranking is due to these factors: it can be very easily cultivated, it is robust when being transported or stored, and it has a high nutritional content. But only when you have seen the hunting reflexes of even well-fed fish eating live Blackworms, will you understand its great popularity. We breed California Blackworms in closed aquaculture systems and feed them apple pomace and soy flour only, so that this high value fish food is guaranteed to be free from parasites, environmental toxins or other pathogens. Its high protein content promotes the growth of fry and gonad development in breeder fish.

Packaging (ml)
45, 90, 180o
Storage temp.
1 - 8oC
Keeping quality
3 - 8o
weeks
Delivery time
all yearo
from own breeding
Comments
higher nutritional value than Whiteo
Worms, but no risk of obesity
Mysis

Mysis (Mysis spec.)

We breed Mysis in brackish water with 12g sea salt per litre. So our Mysis can live in fresh water for several days. This very small shrimp is the preferred nourishment for sea horses. Recently caught sea horses will often only accept this live food. All other aquarium animals, which are able to manage this delicacy, will express their gratitude to their carers for this high value food by remaining healthy and increasing their readiness to reproduce.




Packaging (ml)
90, 180o
Storage temp.
5 - 8oC
Keeping quality
approx. 7 dayso
Delivery time
all yearo
from own breeding
Comments
essential for seahorses ando
many coral fish
Gammarus

Gammarus (Gammarus oceanicus)

Although its scientific name suggests otherwise, this crustacean which we harvested on the west coast of France is able to survive under the most extreme conditions, as long as the conditions do not change abruptly. It is even sustainable in pure fresh water, but does not multiply in these waters. As live food, it is only recommended if enough fish are available to immediately consume the Gammarus. Otherwise soft corals in reef or plants in fresh water aquariums could be damaged by the aggressive eating habits of this species.



Packaging (ml)
90, 180o
Storage temp.
5 - 8oC
Keeping quality
min. 10 dayso
Delivery time
all yearo
from own breeding
Comments
for larger animals in seawatero
and freshwater aquariums
White Shrimps

White Shrimps (Palaemon varians)

Palaemon varians possesses a high tolerance of salinity and other water properties. These shrimp, which grow up to 3.5 cm in size, can live in sea and fresh water and, if not eaten, do not cause any harm to the aquarium. From us you will only receive these shrimps from our own breeding, thereby completely eliminating the danger of infection or parasites being transferred.





Packaging (ml)
180o
Storage temp.
5 - 8oC
Keeping quality
approx. 14 dayso
Delivery time
all yearo
from own breeding
Comments
for larger seawater ando
freshwater predators
Red Rotifer

Red Rotifer (Brachionus plicatilis)

Brachionus plicatilis is suitable as breeding food for most freshwater fish, larger larvae of marine fish and other sea animals. Its cultivation is absolutely unproblematic and can take place in normal salt water from 10 ppt up to 60 ppt. It is very important to feed Rotifer with live algae to guarantee optimum nutritional value. If this possibility is not an option, you could try one of the special foods that are offered via the internet. And always take care to enhance it with unsaturated fats.





Packaging (ml)
90, 180o
Storage temp.
5 - 8oC
Keeping quality
approx. 14 dayso
Delivery time
all yearo
from own breeding
Comments
good starter food for seawatero
and freshwater fry
Feeder snails

Feeder Snails (Planorbarius corneus, Physella cf. acuta)












Packaging (ml)
90, 180o
Storage temp.
5 - 8oC
Keeping quality
min. 10 dayso
Delivery time
all yearo
from own breeding
Comments
o
Great Ramshorn Snails

Great Ramshorn Snails (Planorbarius corneus)












Packaging (ml)
90, 180o
Storage temp.
5 - 8oC
Keeping quality
min. 10 dayso
Delivery time
all yearo
from own breeding
Comments
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