Brine Shrimp...

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  1. Kribs

    Kribs The betta connection

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    What the deal with brine shrimp!?!?

    From what I've gathered its a great treat for fish...better than tubifex worms:wondering:.
    So I peddled off to a couple of the LFS to find some and see what this stuff actually looks like. Sorry NO Stock!...is this stuff really so hard to come by?. Panarama Pets said they only had the eggs , but it wasn't sorted into smaller containers yet. Eggs??? I dont want eggs I want shrimp!:amazed:

    Anybody got any clues as where to get hold of this HIGHLY sought after food source.Whats the Pro's and Cons with using it, what does it normally cost?...or any recommendations what to do with the Eggs?:push:
     
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  3. veegal

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    Kribs Brine Shrimp is fantastic for your fish. I've yet to come across a shop in CapeTown that sells them live though. Usually you purchase the eggs and hatch them yourself. We were actually considering selling them live but were unsure of the demand for live BrineShrimp in Cape Town.
     
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    Brine shrimp... There is a huge market for live brine shrimp. I find that my DIY hatchery has never really worked. I've tried many times and never had a good result. I also haven't found a brine shrimp net. I've spoken to Prof B, but he never got back to me. So I don't know.

    I wonder if anyone would be able to supply freshly hatched brine shrimp? In JHB...
     
  6. Donny

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    I worked for a while at the Two Oceans Aquarium were we used a upside 2 litre coke bottle with a air stone in to hatch brine shrimp .... DIY take a frame of a old fish net and replace it with a stocking lol if i can remember correctly.
     
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    I went to a tropical hatchery yesterday. The guy there used a traffic cone upside down with airstone in the bottom.

    His net was one of those very old tea strainers our grandparents use to us.
     
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    hey! i have tea strainers for my leaf tea..... and i'm only 25 :D
     
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    Well, we all know fish people are WIERD!
     
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    hehehehehe - well i was asked today why my pearling plants are leaking air :D
     
  11. veegal

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    He makes some good tea though Zoom :D
     
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    No doubt... the old fashioned way of doing things is always best...
     
  13. Slojo

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    I'm breeding my own brineshrimp in a 15 l tank.
    Seasalt, Water , Brineshrimp Eggs and an airstone.24 hours later a nice treat!

    You can also breed them.Feed them Yeast(small amounts,and rinse them well before feeding them to your fish!)
    Quite cute creatures really.
     
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    Zafgak Old fart

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    WE run 6 brine-shrimp hatcheries at all times and use 2 per day. We occasionally get a bad batch but I would say the about 23 out of 24 are good. They are not difficult to hatch.
     
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    Then why have I had so many issues? Dammit!! LOL!!

    Maybe a step by step guide would be of use to us? Hint hint, nudge nudge...
     
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    Hint hint nudge nudge NAG NAG NAG NAG
     
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    Nag nag nag nag nag nag nag nag nag nag nag nag
     
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    You guys are too much :D Gavin is VERY busy at the moment so this is how we do it.

    - Wash an empty 2 litre coke bottom WELL
    - Take the 2litre coke bottle and cut the bottom off.
    - Turn the top half upside down and put it into the bottom
    - Fill about half way with luke-warm water
    - Take a glass and fill it with very warm/hot water
    - Dissolve 2 slightly heaped tablespoons of aquarium salt in the glass
    - Pour the salt mixture into your 2 liter coke bottle
    - Add approximately 1 level teaspoon of brine shrimp eggs and gently stir in
    - Connect an airhose to a pump and put it inside the coke bottle so that the end is sitting in the neck of the bottle.
    - Add a heater set to approximately 26 degrees
    - Let it bubble away and your brineshrimp will be ready to harvest in approximately 18-24 hours
    - When ready to harvest, simply turn the air off and allow the eggs/shells and brineshrimp to separate (about 5 minutes). Syphone the now orange brineshrimp and rinse under water before feeding to your fish.

    This method has worked the best for us - there are a number of other methods, and we have probably tried most of them if not all of them - this way works the best.

    Hope this helps
     
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    :adore: Hail our leader of info. We thank you a million times over for your wisdom LOL
     
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    Spotted the problem .. PnP do not stock "brine shrimp eggs" will need to find me a supplier in JHB.
     
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    What he said LOL!!

    :listen:
     

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