As I said before, fry will not survive unless fed live food. Forget the flakes, powders etc… What you need is small live food. In this section, I cover how to hatch baby brine shrimp.

SETTING UP THE HATCHERY

Hatching your own baby brine shrimp is a little involving but once you are set up you will be hatching away :)).My hatcheries have not stopped going for years now. BBS is more expensive all around than microworms because the set-up inculdes purchasing an airpump etc, and also because the brine shrimp eggs are so darn expensive! So much so I decided to carry them at a good discount on this site. Hopefully it will help you out financially. (coming soon)

Here is how to set-up your own baby brine shrimp hatchery:

 

Shopping list. To hatch brine shrimp you will need the following items:

1 – brine shrimp eggs (available at a decent fish store or here on this website for a lot less LOL)
2 – rock salt
3 – dechlorinated water
4 – a clear container (narrow and high), or a plastic bottle
5 – an airpump
6 – tubing
7 – an air stone (optional)
8 – coffee filters
9 – a clear cover for container/plastic bottle

 

Setting up the brine shrimp hatchery: Take the container, fill it with the dechlorinated water, add one table spoon of rock salt per 1/2 gal, stir some, add one small portion of brine shrimp eggs (like a 1/4 of a small teaspoon or less). Set up the air pump, with tube and air stone and make sure the airflow is very powerful. Place air stone at bottom of container, so that the water is constantly stirred, as well as the eggs. The clear cover should be placed on top of your container to avoid evaporation and also so that the water won’t splash all over your counter. OK, that’s it, you are set to hatch :))

Light. It is important that the container be near a light source (window, lightbulb etc…). The more the light the sooner the eggs will hatch.With low light they will still hatch, they will just take a bit longer. 

Heat. The eggs will hatch much faster if the room is warm, or if you keep a light bulb on them. Because it is not overly decorative, I used to keep my container on the floor, and the eggs would take up to 3 days to hatch in the winter :((. Now I have placed it above my spawning tank, on the top shelve, so it gets all the heat from all the tanks kept at 82F below. It also gets all the light from the large window right there. Now my eggs hatch in 24 hrs :))

 

HARVESTING BABY BRINE SHRIMP

Stop airflow. And let the eggs settle.

Check hatching status. If the brine shrimp have not hatched yet, all you will see is a bunch of eggs lying at the bottom. If some or all have hatched, then the brine shrimp will have separated from the egg shells. The shells will float at the surface, and the brine shrimp will be swimming around. They are also of a lighter color as opposed to the dark brown eggs. You will be able to spot them.

Shine a light on top of them and they will all converge towards the light source, towards the surface. This is a good way to find out if they have hatched or not, because as a colony they are easier to spot. It also makes it easier to harvest them that way.

Take a clean coffee filter and gently run the water through it. The brine shrimp will be collected in the coffee filter.

Use a clean bottle to collect water you will be able to reuse that water many times, until it starts looking cloudy. It saves you money cause you don’t have to do a new mixture everyday. Do keep your water clean so as soon as it looks suspicious, change it.
Feed your fry :) take the filter, containing all the baby brine shrimp (it will look like a reddish thick sauce at the bottom of filter), and gently shake filter inside the fry tank, loosening all the brine shrimp. Now you can see them swimming around in the tank. They will stay alive for up to 20-30 hours. Don't worry about the eggs floating in your tank. They do not pollute and do not harm the fry in any way. When you do you rnext water change, you can vacuum some of them out.
Only 24 hrs brine shrimps are nutritious. That is because they still have their yolk sac at that stage. And the yolk sack is very nutritious. So it is imperative that you feed the brine shrimp as soon as they hatch. After a few days they start dying anyway. So feed asap.


Don‘t overfeed!!!!!!
Too much brine shrimp causes swimbladder disease. Alternate with microworms!! Also adjust the amount of eggs to fit your needs. More fry, more spawns, more eggs. Less fry, less eggs.

I hope this helps you, and good luck.

 

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(coming soon)

 

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