2000+ count Live Daphnia culture (Russian Reds)

Russian Red Daphnia
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Russian Red daphnia
    You are bidding on two thousand (2000) Planktonic crustaceans (Daphnia magna??). Daphnia culture (magna ??) along with green water and rice flour and instructions. The daphnia will number at least 2000 and will be shipped by Priority mail for $12.00 This is a culture I have had for over 2 years and I was told it is from an original culture taken from the Moscow Zoo aligator pond in the 60's.
    It has some adaptations to survive in adverse water conditions in the hobby all those years. They like but do not require the green water and will do just fine on the whole rice flour. On established cultures I feed a little crushed flake food each day (available in bulk from us).
    I typically have an airline bubbling and some snails with no heater. A functioning culture has detrius decaying and apparantly producing bacteria and infusoria for the new-borns. They can live down to freezing -- but at reduced vigor. Shipping temperatures are not a problem as long as it is under 90F. See some movies of the daphnia below.
    Instructions are at our web site (see below). Daphnia are small, planktonic crustaceans, between 0.2 and 5 mm in length. Daphnia are members of the order Cladocera, and are one of the several small aquatic crustaceans commonly called water fleas.
    The pictures of the are of the strain we sell . Be sure and look at the video(s) below as these guys don't stop to pose for me and the videos capture the action and beauty of these bugs.
    A link to a web page on Daphnia at NIH

    A link to a web page on Daphnia at Wikipedia We have a lot of these animals at the present time and can offer a discount on larger quantities.

Russian Red daphnia
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Shipping Info
    We usually ship out on Monday and Tuesday. Shipping cost is $13.00, priority mail for up to 6 fish (medium flat-rate box). Live arrival guaranteed only with Express mail, FedX next day or air cargo (Southwest). For non-alive-arrival claims a picture of the fish in the unopened bag within 72 hours is required (remember that the guarantee is for Express mail, FedX next day or air cargo only). None of the shipping companies has meaningful insurance -- only the shipping cost will be reimbursed on a successful claim -- if you try to push the issue the likely result will be that they will flag your destination area to not receive shipped animals.
    Most people want Priority Mail which is not guaranteed for live arrival or for a delivery time but is usually successful without heat packs when your local temperatures remain between 60F and 90F for 72 hours after the date we agree to mail them -- so pay attention to your local weather.
    We have heat packs for an additional $1.00 but only ask for them when the high temperature remains below 75F to avoid fish stew.
    We pack all non-labyrinth breathing fish with 100% oxygen above the clean/aged water. For any questions, to negotiate shipping, and other quantities or combinations, email Rhonda at rlmoormann@gmail.com
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More Information
    Be sure to look at the movie(s) below. The Russian Reds are usually red in color and my previous investigations into Brine Shrimp indicates that color is indicative of an increased amount of hemoglobin. I was told -- but don't ask me to prove it -- that these guys have been distributed through the hobby since the 1960's when they were originally collected from the aligator pond at the Moscow Zoo -- thus the name. Perhaps this strain is like the legendary Yeti or the real life Sherpas of the Himalayas -- naturally selected or adapted for a low-oxygen environment -- I wonder how a Sherpa would do in a marathon race?? The water of some of my established cultures appears reddish. In interviews of some of my friends that have crashed the cultures the common denominator is a boom before the crash -- keep some low-level safety cultures going for insurance -- don't have all of your culture risked in boom culturing for more food. Feeding daily rather than in mass feedings every week or few days is less risky. The green water is not required but helps get a culture going. Black dots in the daphia are eggs which indicates that the conditions are adverse -- they normally reproduce asexually (all females).
    You can see the daphnia on YouTube at link(s)
    Daphnia in bowl
    Daphnia on dime
    All fish and live food are sold as is.
    See our web site at marinefreshtropical.com for more information including a large text file on daphnia propagation.
    On the Species page of the site is a Excel 2000 spreadsheet with more species of available fish.
    Air cargo is typically $70 for the first 100# -- about 3 large boxes -- fish and shipping must be pre-paid.
    We also have a jobber list of our fish at even lower prices but in larger quantities.
    We are mostly a hatchery and grow-out operation but we have access to a 30+ page list of fish we can order -- we recently had 200 bettas dropshipped to NY for a fund-raiser for example. Larger fish and larger quantities are available. We can ship airport to airport.