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Vinegar Eels 
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.

Method one:  2lt Soda Bottle
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2lt Soda Bottle - well cleaned

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Apple Vinegar

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Clear Apple Juice

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Coffee Filters

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Funnel 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
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1 Long Necked Bottle, wine bottles are ideal

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Spare Long Necked Bottle or 2 lt. Soda Bottle

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Filter Floss

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Apple Vinegar

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Clean Apple Juice

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Toothpick or

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Turkey 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.

 
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