David’s Live Fish Foods

Paramecium Food - drying turnip pieces

Requirements - Fresh Turnip or rutabaga root plastic box with paper towel lining 2-3 weeks for the process room temperature, moderate light. Ask 10 people that successfully raise paramecium for their fish and you will get 10 different ways to do it. I find that interesting because if you ask 10 people who have failed at raising paramecium and they will give you the exact same methods. Success is in the details. Or maybe the magic wand. Or just plain luck. But consider, take any body of water in most any amount and little tiny things will live and reproduce and grow. Doesn't matter how small the water body is, unless it is poisoned it will have tiny things living in it. So raising paramecium and all the similar size critters has to be really easy. Other than at least water that is not poisonous, the only other thing needed is a food source that will grow things small enough to then be food for the paramecium and things we want. I find that once or twice a year I dry some small pieces of turnip or rutabaga and use that for food. It works. Months and months of supply can be stored in a small ziplock bag. The turnip or rutabaga pieces have to be fully dried or they will mold. Not good. The raw material can be obtained in one of two methods. Buy a small raw turnip or rutabaga and carefully cut the root into 1/2" - 1" squares. You have to be careful and not cut yourself. The other way cost a little more but is much safer. Just buy a container of turnips already cut into squares in the grocery store product section. Once you have your cut up material ready to dry you will need a suitable sized container for the drying. This can be a cookie sheet to spread out the pieces if you want to dry them in the oven. Use the lowest possible temperature. 200F or less. That may not be possible with your oven. The easier way is to use a plastic shoe box or sweater box. Put several layers of paper towels in the bottom to help with the drying out. then spread out the pieces. Try for only one layer thick. You want as much air on the pieces as you can. That is the only way the pieces will dry out. Once they are carefully spread out, place some paper towels on the top covering the turnip pieces. This helps dry out the pieces and keep the bugs, gnats and fruit flies off. Place the container in a room temperature area. Light is fine as long as it is not direct sunlight. Some light will discourage mold from forming. Every couple of days you want to lift up the top paper towels and stir up the pieces. Try to get different sides exposed so the pieces all dry out evenly. Pick out and throw away any pieces that may have some mold on them. Then put back the paper towels on top and check again in a few days. This drying process will take 2-3 weeks. At the end of that time all the little pieces will have shriveled up and be nicely dried out. They are ready to use. Store them in a ziplock bag or a small jar. You now have a lot of good paramecium food. Check my other videos that show how to dry the pieces in one day using an electric dehydrator. Another video will show how to start a paramecium culture with the dried nuggets you have made here. Below is a Youtube video showing all of this in action. Please subscribe to my channel and stay up to date on all my latest videos. The second Youtube video shows drying the turnip pieces in a Nesco dehydrator. Really makes it easy and quick to do the drying.
David’s Live Fish Foods

Paramecium Food - drying turnip pieces

Requirements - Fresh Turnip or rutabaga root plastic box with paper towel lining 2-3 weeks for the process room temperature, moderate light. Ask 10 people that successfully raise paramecium for their fish and you will get 10 different ways to do it. I find that interesting because if you ask 10 people who have failed at raising paramecium and they will give you the exact same methods. Success is in the details. Or maybe the magic wand. Or just plain luck. But consider, take any body of water in most any amount and little tiny things will live and reproduce and grow. Doesn't matter how small the water body is, unless it is poisoned it will have tiny things living in it. So raising paramecium and all the similar size critters has to be really easy. Other than at least water that is not poisonous, the only other thing needed is a food source that will grow things small enough to then be food for the paramecium and things we want. I find that once or twice a year I dry some small pieces of turnip or rutabaga and use that for food. It works. Months and months of supply can be stored in a small ziplock bag. The turnip or rutabaga pieces have to be fully dried or they will mold. Not good. The raw material can be obtained in one of two methods. Buy a small raw turnip or rutabaga and carefully cut the root into 1/2" - 1" squares. You have to be careful and not cut yourself. The other way cost a little more but is much safer. Just buy a container of turnips already cut into squares in the grocery store product section. Once you have your cut up material ready to dry you will need a suitable sized container for the drying. This can be a cookie sheet to spread out the pieces if you want to dry them in the oven. Use the lowest possible temperature. 200F or less. That may not be possible with your oven. The easier way is to use a plastic shoe box or sweater box. Put several layers of paper towels in the bottom to help with the drying out. then spread out the pieces. Try for only one layer thick. You want as much air on the pieces as you can. That is the only way the pieces will dry out. Once they are carefully spread out, place some paper towels on the top covering the turnip pieces. This helps dry out the pieces and keep the bugs, gnats and fruit flies off. Place the container in a room temperature area. Light is fine as long as it is not direct sunlight. Some light will discourage mold from forming. Every couple of days you want to lift up the top paper towels and stir up the pieces. Try to get different sides exposed so the pieces all dry out evenly. Pick out and throw away any pieces that may have some mold on them. Then put back the paper towels on top and check again in a few days. This drying process will take 2-3 weeks. At the end of that time all the little pieces will have shriveled up and be nicely dried out. They are ready to use. Store them in a ziplock bag or a small jar. You now have a lot of good paramecium food. Check my other videos that show how to dry the pieces in one day using an electric dehydrator. Another video will show how to start a paramecium culture with the dried nuggets you have made here. Below is a Youtube video showing all of this in action. Please subscribe to my channel and stay up to date on all my latest videos. The second Youtube video shows drying the turnip pieces in a Nesco dehydrator. Really makes it easy and quick to do the drying.