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Old 09-20-2010, 08:15 PM   #1 
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Are brine shrimp hatcheries safe?

I went to my local aquarium store and I saw a shrimpery, all you have to do is add water... or something like that.

They also had a lot of bottles of brine shrimp eggs.

I was wondering if these things would be safe to feed to my betta?
I also thought it would be fun to do with my boyfriend because he can use them too for his fish. (we are such little kids :] )

I just think it is so weird that these eggs can be sitting on a shelf for months and then they will hatch when in water... it just seems unsafe to me. haha, like maybe they added some chemicals to preserve the eggs. But I wouldn't know that for sure, so I am asking you guys :]

Thank you!
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:16 PM   #2 
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I don't think the eggs they store on shelves are fertile/able to develop.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:22 PM   #3 
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Yes they are. I get all my eggs from stores. I feed baby bettas brine shrimp. Adults will require more and more cleaning will need to be done. Dead food equals bad water quality which equals sick betta.

Most brine shrimp eggs are thousands of years old. Thats how they breed. They breed when they sense a drout and then put their eggs on dry ground and when water comes back they hatch :)
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:44 PM   #4 
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It's safe as far as I know. Breeders of ALL types of fish have been hatching out & feeding their fry BBS for YEARS!!!

Just be careful not to OVERFEED!
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:33 PM   #5 
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I would buy frozen or live adult brine shrimp to feed your betta. Brine shrimp hatcheries are mostly used when raising fry as the newly hatched shrimp are very small. Frozen ones are also easier to store and don't require any effort other then letting them thaw.
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Also, if you are only feeding one or two bettas, I would think the hatcheries would really be a waste of money since you would be hatching out WAY too many. JMO.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:17 AM   #7 
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Also, if you are only feeding one or two bettas, I would think the hatcheries would really be a waste of money since you would be hatching out WAY too many. JMO.
cant you choose the amount to hatch? Sounds interesting...
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cant you choose the amount to hatch? Sounds interesting...
Hmmmm - good question & one I don't know the answer to!
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