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Old 02-07-2012, 06:26 PM   #51 
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So I am one step closer again.
I picked up BBS today. My LFS carries a canister of eggs, so I can hatch them when I am almost ready to breed. Hurray for BBS hatcheries. Now here is a question. Is there a way to grow the BBS to adults and breed them thus having a complete cycle going?
I also picked up a Marimo today so yay for having that.

All I am missing at this point is the rest of the plants which I will hopefully pick up friday, the snails again friday, I am going for mystery snails goin to try to get about 6 or so. Gold, Blue, Black and maybe Ivory. So hopefully I can breed them too.
Missing heater and filter (though I may have the sponge filter so all I need is the heater.

Hopefully I will have Microworms, and vinegar eels soon too.

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Old 02-07-2012, 07:38 PM   #52 
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Your pairs are lovely. I'll be following your spawn log. ^_^ Good luck.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:25 PM   #53 
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Haha, Amph, mystery snails will breed themselves as long as you have a guy and a gal. Just ask Silverfang.

I'm sure there is a way to breed brine shrimp but alas, I do not know the answer.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:28 PM   #54 
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you can grow them to adults since that's pretty much what a sea monkey colony is. not sure how much effort it requires. the problem is that the bbs has the most nutrients when they're just hatched and still have their egg sacs. plus the fry won't be able to eat full grown brine shrimp for quite a while and it's hard enough just separating the bbs from the unhatched eggs and their shells much less throwing adults in there too, lol
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:41 PM   #55 
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What's the difference between decapsulated brine shrimp eggs and bbs? I mean, nutrition wise? If I remember correctly, you can just soak the decap eggs and feed without having to hatch them, right?
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:48 PM   #56 
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I think they're supposed to be pretty good as far as nutrition goes. my fry didn't touch them though. they'd watch them sink but because they weren't wiggling they didn't eat them. may try them again now that they're bigger
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Ah, I see. They didn't appeal to their natural feeding instincts.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:06 PM   #58 
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Haha yeah Sakura that is why I am going to get like 6, I will have to have at least one pair in that lol.

Yeah I was just wondering if there was a way to be able to breed and harvest the BS eggs to put into a hatchery so I dont have to buy another tube haha.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:00 PM   #59 
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I think it would probably be a lot of effort and very little gain. I mean you'd have to heat it, do water changes with salt each time, feed them, and figure out how to harvest the eggs, then dry them. plus I think if you were harvesting them yourself the hatch rate would probably be pretty erratic.
I only use like half a teaspoon of eggs for 3-4 feedings for around a hundred 1.5 month old fry so it's not like you go through them super fast, lol.
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Well good to know Tisia good to know. :P It was an idea ya know nothing set in stone just curious haha.
I need to find what type of live food I can get for my adults to get them better conditioned.
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