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.
For live rotifer orders in quantities larger than 5 million, please contact us for discounted pricing.
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.
For orders in quantities larger than 1 million, please contact us for discounted pricing.
S-type rotifers provide an excellent food source for hatchlings due to the following attributes:
- Easily captured due to their slow motility.
- Uniform distribution in the water column.
- Readily swallowed by larvae due to their small size (90-150µm).
- Their nutritional content can be enhanced to meet hatchling nutritional requirements by providing an optimized rotifer feed such as 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
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.
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.
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