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Old 08-21-2013, 04:10 PM   #1 
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BBS hatchery deal

Hi, all. I posted this as a comment in another thread, but it honestly deserves a thread of its own.

Brineshrimpdirect.com has a really neat hatchery dish for BBS that does not require an air pump. And for a limited time, they give you an entire spice-jar-sized batch of BBS eggs when you buy it. Just the BBS eggs alone are worth more than the price of the hatchery.

I bought this and am really happy with the hatchery, though you do have to leave the light on in the room for the shrimp to swim toward the center receptacle. It's really a great deal for breeding!

http://www.brineshrimpdirect.com/c21...Dish-p183.html
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:14 PM   #2 
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What exactly makes it work so well? I'm skeptical... Lol.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:18 PM   #3 
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I wish I understood, to be honest. I'm not saying it's better than other methods of hatching, but it does work, and without a pump.

It has somewhat of a maze piece you place inside it, and the only point of light is the collection basket in the center. I assume the shape of it helps hold heat in, and the shrimp gravitate toward that collection basket as they hatch, because it's the only point of light.

But even if you didn't want the hatchery, the eggs are honestly worth the price.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:21 PM   #4 
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You would have to buy 9 of these to get to 1.75 ounces of eggs--which would be about $55--and these are far inferior eggs to the ones they give with this purchase.

http://www.amazon.com/San-Francisco-...ne+shrimp+eggs
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Ah... I see. It's a really neat concept and I like the fact that it's simple and quiet.

The eggs are only worth seven dollars, by the way- http://www.brineshrimpdirect.com/Gra...-Eggs-c20.html
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:28 PM   #6 
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Oh! I didn't look what they charged for them there. :) I had bought my previous batches off of Amazon. It's definitely not as great a deal as I thought, then, but I am still happy with my purchase.
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Well, the eggs are definitely a good incentive. High quality too.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:48 PM   #8 
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This is a sort of old school hatchery I saw some killie people discussing on another forum. People liked it because you got a very easy separation of eggs from the hatched shrimp, because the BBS would have to swim through the maze towards the light.

However, the consensus was that it does not give as high a yield as the more common method of hatching and several members said that if they had a large amount of fry to grow-out then it did struggle.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:56 PM   #9 
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Yeah, I think it can't handle as many eggs to hatch as a Mason jar or a soda bottle can; but it does seem to hatch what it can handle well. I see it as a nice backup to more traditional methods.
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I think it would probably be perfect for someone like me who only has a couple of low number spawns going at a time, as my jar hatchery can be a bit of a hassle if I only need small amounts of BBS.
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