By Bettas 'R Us
When you order your starter culture,
you should purchase the needed supplies. There are two different ways to
culture your Vinegar Eels, one is much easier than the other, yet requires
supplies not as easily found in your kitchen.
2lt Soda Bottle
Bottle - well cleaned
would make it 100% easier :)
When you first receive your
culture, take one of the soda bottles and fill it barely over half full
with Apple Vinegar. Add a small amount of Apple Juice, I add about 2
medicine cups full (the little medicine cups that come with any over the
counter syrup) Then, I fill the 2 lt. up with water. Not to the point it
is nearly overflowing, but about as full as you feel comfortable with. The
ratio of Apple Vinegar to water should be approximately 50/50, with the
apple vinegar actually being slightly more. The Apple Juice provides
sugars the either feed the eels or create food for them. In turn, causing
them to reproduce. Add your culture to the mixture and wait. A female
Vinegar Eel will produce 1 baby every eight days, so to get them in mass
quantities does take some time (that is why I sell established cultures
for you all!!) Once you get a large mass, you shouldn't have to worry
about their slow reproductive rate as you will have millions in a culture.
To harvest the Vinegar Eels,
you will need a bowl or jar. Take a coffee filter and slowly poor some of
the culture into the bowl/jar through the coffee filter. This will filter
the eels form the vinegar culture. This is where the funnel comes in
handy. You need to pour the culture back into the 2 lt. bottle. Then once
you have pour the culture out of the bowl/jar, gently rinse fresh water
through the coffee filter to rinse the eels. Cup the filter in a way so
that the eels remain in the filter. Once you have rinsed them well, then
dump the bowl/jar and rinse it. Add some fresh water to the bowl/jar then
invert the coffee filter allowing the eels to rinse into the fresh water.
They are then ready for feeding. Sometimes, you may need 2 coffee filters
to prevent the eels from rinsing through.
Method 2 :
Long Necked Bottle with Filter Floss
Necked Bottle, wine bottles are ideal
Necked Bottle or 2 lt. Soda Bottle
Baster or Eye Dropper
This method is much the same
as above except for a few things. Treat the bottle as you would have the 2
lt. bottle. Fill it the same except only fill it to where the neck begins
to curve. Once you have the bottle filled with the culture medium, then
get your filter floss. Take a piece of thread, filter floss or fishing
line, anything will do, and tie one end of it to a toothpick or skewer.
Tie the other end to a wad of filter floss. This will keep you from losing
your floss inside the bottle. Once it is secured, wad up the floss and
shove it down into the neck of the bottle to prevent the vinegar from
going any farther up. Once you have the filter floss in, gently pour in
some fresh water. The eels will travel through the filter floss to breathe
air. They will swim into the fresh water, rinsing themselves. Use your eye
dropper or turkey baster to retrieve them. Once retrieved and fed to your
fry, you then remove your filter floss, squeeze it dry. Pour off the
excess culture into a spare culture, like a 2 lt. bottle or another long
necked bottle. Pour it of so the level is back down to the curve of the
neck. Replace the filter floss, and again gently add fresh water. Your
spare bottle will eventually be full enough to be a second culture.
Vinegar Eels will live for
many more days that MicroWorms. They will swim all over the tank rather
than falling to the bottom. This will feed the top and middle swimming
fry, while MicroWorms are good for the bottom feeding fry. Vinegar Eels
are cultured in Vinegar which will lower the PH in water to a highly
acidic state. Sudden changes in the PH levels are a swift killer for fry.
Be very careful when feeding Vinegar Eels to fry, that they are well
rinsed and that no vinegar is placed in the fry's tank.
You can purchase a Vinegar
Eels cultures here.