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  1. #1

    Smile Is there such a thing as water fleas?

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    I recently purchased a rack of Java Moss and when I put it in the rinsing tank... I noticed some little swimming things that looked like little fleas. Will the fish eat them or should I just dump them?
    Thanks for any info.

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    There are things called Daphnia, which are macroscopic freshwater crustaceans. They look like this:
    Is this what you're seeing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxie View Post
    Will the fish eat them or should I just dump them?
    Yes the fish will eat them, some people use Daphnia as food.

  4. #4


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    +1 to what has already been said. Daphnia are, in fact, nicknamed "water fleas" precisely for the reasons that you have observed. Before the age of pre-packaged fish foods, daphnia were the major go-to food source for fishkeepers, and even today people will cultivate colonies of daphnia on purpose to feed their fish. I am preparing to try just that, myself.

    They will harm nothing in your aquarium, and will probably be eaten very quickly by your fish, for whom they will be a healthy and nutritious snack.

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    Thanks for posting your thoughts! I'll just drop them in and see what happens!

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