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Old 05-15-2012, 10:10 PM   #1 
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Advice on hatching baby brine shrimp

OK so I will be hatching my first baby brine shrimp and need any advice, do I need two hatcherys? how often do I need to hatch, how much to hatch each time, and how much to feed each feeding for newly hatched fry? ANY and ALL advice would be helpful!! ALSO where do you get your BBS eggs?

Is this a good place? and price? should I get the big order or smaller order?
http://www.brineshrimpdirect.com/She...-Egg-c202.html
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:16 PM   #2 
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:26 PM   #3 
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lovely tuttorial but how much do i feed my fry each feeding? and how often do i need to hatch the eggs? it looked like there was alot of bbs in each drop from his straw!
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I set up a hatch every night. I use a lot since I have at least three spawns going at once.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:30 PM   #5 
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GASP* I just saw this on another site -
The Artemia should be fed immediately to fry for the best nutritional effect. If attempting to enrich or feed it around ten hours should lapse — after which it will have moulted, developed a mouth and be capable of feeding on micro-organisms. Enriching before this time will be futile.

SO the bbs are no good 10 hours after hatching, sooo all those bbs i hatched would go to waste :(
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so you just dump out the old every day? WOW Do i need to do half a teaspoon each hatching? Where do you get your BBS eggs?
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I bought mine from the IBC (link in sig).

I use a heaping teaspoon per hatch. I freeze as much as I can in fish bags before I dump the old out (hence why there's more frozen BBS than human food in my freezer).
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When do u use up your frozen? I thought they preffered their food to be moving/alive
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Im assuming when they are older, just wondered around what week you think they would eat it
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:10 AM   #10 
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Cool

I don't use the decapulated brine. It is an unneeded expense... the bbs are easy enough to hatch with the correct setup. I use a turkey baster and suck up from the pink bottom (actually the top) of the bottle. I have my brine shrimp net positioned over the bbs bottle and put the bbs into that net. I then gently rinse them under the faucet, and upend-swish into a small glass of water. I use the baster to feed these then to the spawns, only useing what they will eat.

My bbs hatching lasts about 3 days, when it is that old I dump it and move the last one I dumped to the front. If you have a new spawn, you should need no more than 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of bbs eggs per culture. As they grow you will be using closer to 1/2 teaspoon. Even then you will have a few leftovers, that is ok and better than too few.

The newly hatched ones are better for the smaller fry.

How much to feed? How much can they eat? Start slow and observe.... The small ones won't eat much, when they get larger they eat more.

The first couple days I feed mostly mw, and add a few bbs for those that have the mouth to fit them. Feed sparingly... and closely observe the fry for their eating habits... I am still adding some ocassional mw to my 5 week fry for variety.

The mw will live longer in the tank than the bbs as the bbs live in salt water and the fresh water will soon kill them.

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