Instant Zooplankton® – Rotifers


Brachionus plicatilis (L-type rotifer)

Reed Mariculture supplies pure cultures of a strain of Brachionus plicatilis (L-type) with a typical lorica length of about 160 µm. This species is euryhaline, capable of thriving in salinities of 5-40 ppt. It is available in quantities from 1 million to 1.5 billion, concentrated and packaged into "breathable" bags.

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Prices and Shipping Times

Millions of Rotifers Price Approximate Shipping Time
1 million $20 1 - 3 business days
5 million $75 1 - 3 business days
10 million (bulk) $100 (volume discounts available) 1 - 5 business days

Brachionus rotundiformis (S-type rotifer)

S-type rotifers are cyclical parthenogens (meaning  they alternate between asexual and sexual reproduction. Parthenogenesis allows them to rapidly colonize an environment given favorable environmental conditions. Brachionus rotundiformis been used with great success in the larval culture of more than 60 species of marine finfish and 18 varieties of crustaceans.

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S-type rotifers provide an excellent food source for hatchlings due to the following attributes:


RGcomplete

RGcomplete is a super-concentrated microalgal-based premium quality feed and enrichment for rotifers and other filter-feeding invertebrates. It has been sized especially for Breeders, Aquarists, and Propagators and includes both a pH buffer and ClorAm-X® (ammonia neutralizer). It has a long refrigerated shelf life of at least 6 months. LEARN MORE AT APBREED.COM

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Rotifer Floss (Filter)

Rotifer Floss is a new innovation for cleaning detritus and ciliates out of rotifer systems. Keeping the water and tank clean from detritus (rotifer waste) is critically important in maintaining healthy, stable cultures - especially in high density systems. Detritus contains high levels of bacteria which are sticky. Rotifer Floss is a loose weave filter that allows water to easily pass through it, but has a high surface area which the detritus sticks to.

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Product Use

Wrap around stand-pipe or hang vertically in culture vessel. To prevent floating, attach a small weight to the bottom edge. Do not lay on bottom of vessel.

Cleaning the Filter

When the floss is full of detritus simply lift the floss out of the rotifer tank, lets it drain for 10 seconds over the tank, then wash it down with a garden or pressure hose or in a sink. The detritus easily falls off the filter under pressure and it can immediately be put back into the rotifer system. It should take less than 1 minute for the entire process.

If you have a small rotifer system (1 to 20 gallons) we recommend stirring the water up and brushing free any waste sticking to the interior walls prior to putting the floss back in. This will lift detritus off the bottom of the tank and back into the water column where the floss will remove it.

In time, the floss will pick up color from the feed but this is not a problem. There is no downside to cleaning the floss more often.


Compact Culture System

Live zooplankton such as rotifers and Artemia are essential first-feeds for the larve of many fish (for example, Clownfish). The APBreed Compact Culture System (CCS) is designed to make benchtop-scale culture of zooplankton easy and reliable.

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The CCS combines a conveniently-sized 5-gallon bucket with a custom-made fitting that incorporates an aerator and a particulate waste trap. Aeration provides oxygenation and water circulation that draws particulate wastes into the trap (floss). LEARN MORE AT APBREED.COM

 

For rotifer feeds and enrichment, please see our ROTIGROW PRODUCTS

For more information about working with rotifers, see our ROTIFER SUPPORT PAGES

For growing rotifers on a small scale, we also offer ROTIFER STARTER KIT, through our REEF NUTRITION WEBSITE