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  1. Hey all, I am experiencing an issue with hatching out BBS. I have a home-made setup (pictured) consisting of four 1 liter bottles. Each one is completely identical, has a siphon tube and air line/stone connected at the base. The heat is created by a single 25w halogen lamp placed directly in the center of all four bottles, which keeps the bottles between 79-83F at all times. I hatch two bottles per day: one pair today, the other tomorrow, etc. I use Aquarium Co-Op eggs and either Co-Op or Fritz salt at 1tbsp/liter of water, premixed in another container for consistency. I have been successfully hatching up to 1/2tbsp of eggs per bottle for the last 3 months without incident. Suddenly, one of the four bottles (front right in picture) has given me two consecutive hatch rotations with basically no eggs hatching. All things are exactly the same, down to the amount of air being driven in each bottle. All bottles share the same temperature, brine water source container, egg container, parts, etc. Now one bottle is failing, and only one bottle. Nothing has changed in months. The only recent thing that happened is that I wiped down the inside of the bottles with my (clean) hand and clean tap water a week ago to remove build-up and slime as part of regular maintenance to the hatchery. All bottles received the same treatment. Why would one our of four suddenly be failing? I figured that the NERM hivemind would be able to help. Any ideas are appreciated!
  2. Feeding BBS every night to the fishroom was starting to get laborious using a pipette. The first thing I did to cut time was to stopping rinsing BBS after hatching and I've seen no difference in my tanks, never going back to rinsing haha. I wanted something that was one handed operation and didn't drip on the floor. I could use a small pitcher but I wanted more control and be able to feed quicker than pouring. I settled on trying these no-drip, bottom dispensing, squeeze bottles. I think these are what Subway uses for their dressing as well. I've been using them for a couple weeks now. I'm pretty happy with the performance. I fill the bottle directly from my Ziss Hatchery. I can open a lid with one hand, squeeze a good shot of BBS with the bottle and move right to the next tank. Cleaning is easy, I simply fill it with tap water, give it a good shake, squeeze some clean water through the tip and dump out the rest.
  3. So last year during quarantine I decided to scratch the itch I've had for feeding live food to my fish, I bought everything I needed but work and life got stressful (2020 am I right?) and I didn't start things how I intended. I ended up with a pair of Apistogramma Cacautoides that decided their quarantine tank was good enough to breed in even with out caves or real hiding spots. I just filled it with plants. I decided since I've never raised fry before to give it a try. It was also my first time having Apistos so I was kinda hedging my bets that If mess up with the parents maybe some of the babies will make it. That ended up being a very good decision but I digress. Since I suddenly had fry I needed to be able to feed them. Luckily I already had the brine shrimp. I never did get around to getting the large Ziss hatchery that I wanted as it was sold out at the time and i also wasn't sure that was something I needed for a single tank just to occasionally provide live food to my fish. In the end I was more than tired of constantly having to hatch brine to feed the babies. I ended up looking up other alternatives and my research eventually lead me to daphnia. In fact when I learned that daphnia can be raised in the same water parameters as my aquarium and will last in the tank until eaten I was sold. On top of that they continuously breed so they do all the work for you. (assuming you don't suffer major crashes) they have a fairly good nutritional value as well. (not quite as high as newly hatched brine). And from the information i was able to find online, newly hatched daphnia are smaller than newly hatch baby brine shrimp. Making them just as suitable if not more-so as food for small fry. My only frustration was the brief learning curve and my initial two crashes. I'm now on my third attempt which seems to be off and running. And I've started feeding them to my community tank as well as using them to help the last of the apisto babies finish growing out before I move them to the community tank like their siblings. Shorter summary: For my particular use case, supplemental live food for a single tank and/or use in a quarantine/hospital/fry tank. Culturing daphnia seems to be easier than constantly restarting with my brine shrimp dish. ( i know it would possibly be easier with more common methods) Not that brine shrimp is difficult at all but assuming I can keep a culture going then there is no more work to do than on my main tank. Occasional water change/occasional siphoning of the daphnia and snail mulm. I'm curious to hear from others that have tried both live foods. Have you had success with culturing Daphnia? Do you prefer the ease and reliability of hatching bbs over the uncertain but continuous culturing of daphnia?
  4. I understand that one of the best foods for new fry are brine shrimp. I am trying to keep adults and fry together, giving the young plenty of cover. It seems that feeding a live food in the tank would teach the adults to go after anything swimming, including the fry. Am I missing something? Need to hear from those who keep all ages in the same tank.
  5. I know that aquarium coop recommends and sells the Ziss brine shrimp hatchery. I would totally but one if I had room for it. I am wondering if anyone can recommend a smaller hatchery setup. I have a 30gal and a 10gal aquarium and very little room for a hatchery setup. I would probably never need to hatch more than a quarter teaspoon at a time. It seems that when I see someone using the ziss hatcher it is mounted on a wall or something. If I used the base that it comes with it is still taking up a lot of real estate. Is there one that only uses like a couple cups of water and has a way smaller footprint?
  6. Its been a while since I last posted, but I can't help but share this really cool video I found about brine shrimp!
  7. If you want to breed fish, eventually you’ll want to hatch live baby brine shrimp (BBS). I love all of the fancy Brine Shrimp hatcheries for sale nowadays. If you’ve got one, that’s awesome! I want to just share how I do it. It’s not too expensive if you’ve got a few extra items hanging around. (1) I buy 2x 1-liter Polar Springs Seltzer water bottles. (2) After emptying out the bottles, I peel off the labels. They’re pretty glued on, so it’s usually a mess. I use a steak knife. (3) I cut off the bottom just above the ridge that runs around it. The bottom will become my top and the bottle will become my cone. (4) I take the other bottle and cut off the top just below where it bends inward. I discard the top. The bottom will be my sleeve. (5) I hand-drill 2x holes into what will be the top piece / lid. 1/4 in drill bit is about right. Airline will go through here. (6) To assemble, screw the cap onto the cone piece that is inverted into the sleeve. Push that into the bottom of the sleeve. Put the cap piece with the holes in on top. (7) To test the setup, run an airline from a pump (here I’m using an extra Co-Op USB nano air pump) through the lid to an airstone and test with water in the hatchery. (8) Now to proportion salt & BBS eggs, I use 3x rounded TSP (5 ml each) of API Aquarium Salt. And stir this into ca. 10 oz of HOT tap water until dissolved. I pour this into the hatchery and then I use COLD tap water for the remainder up to about 1-inch clearance from top. Then I add 2x rounded 1/2-TSP (2.5 ml each) — or just 1x TSP (5 ml) — of Co-Op BBS eggs. This I gently stir into the salt water, though the eggs will float eventually no matter what. (9) Then, with paper towel set underneath to catch salt drips, I set it up inside my tank stand. The air in the hatchery water should make it look like it’s “boiling.” In 36 hrs, I’ll have a nice hatch.
  8. @Cory mentioned freezing brine shrimp in his last live stream. Was that freezing eggs to keep them fresh for later hatching or freezing hatched brine shrimp to keep them as a cubed food that retains most of the nutrition? I would assume the latter, but I was not sure.
  9. Hi all, Trying to get a shy pea puffer to eat, I got her some live brine from my LFS. I realize they only last for a few days, what do you think is the best way to keep them, in the refrigerator or outside at room temp? should I close the lid if keeping outside? should I add a bubbler? Thanks!
  10. Hey Fish Friends! I have 3 pea puffers in a 20 gallon and I thought about trying to hatch Brine Shrimp to add another food source. I feed them live ramshorn, frozen blood worms, and frozen Carnivore Lover blend but I have always wanted to hatch brine shrimp. Can you rinse the salt off the live shrimp before adding them in the tank. I don't use salt in my pea puffer tank because they dont have scales so it didn't seem right to add salt. Any advice on Pea Puffers or Brine shrimp would be greatly appreciated!
  11. So I tried the Ziss brine shrimp hatchery and didn't have the co-op eggs yet. My hatch rate was poor despite heat and an air source. I tried to get what I could of the swimmers, but ended up adding a whole bunch of unhatched eggs to my aquarium water. OF course, I panicked and immediately did a 50% water change, siphoning out what I could. Should I be prepared to do another water change tomorrow? Did I end up with a huge problem?
  12. I haven’t done a brine shrimp pond in years and I decided now that I’m hatching baby brine shrimp every day, it was time to grow some adults. first I had to get rid of the duckweed from the pond. I left in the muck and little bits of plants. The salt will kill them and fuel some green water once the sun hits it for a few days. It always amazes me how much salt goes into saltwater. I did 50 cups of salt for 100 gallons. This instant ocean salt I had already. I don’t like it as much as fritz salts but for a brine shrimp pond it’ll do. I’m running a usb air pump with a never clog air stone mostly to just mix the salt and keep the water from getting too stagnant. I’ve run the brine ponds before with no airation and I find it runs a little cleaner it seems with air.
  13. I have never fed live brine shrimp to anything ever. I know right.......anyway I know nothing about how to grow them. Read all the enthusiasm on here....yes I want to try that MAYBE but would also like to grow some big enough for my adult guppies as an OCCASIONAL treat....do they grow bigger? ACO thing is to big I don’t need that many. I currently keep Dubai, superworm, mealworm and cricket colonies for my bearded dragon and frog. I do not want another food for another pet that is time consuming and laborious...... can anyone tell me do any of the tiny hatchery ones work? Are they a PITA? Do they really take 2 days to hatch and die in a day? Do they actually grow? I know tons of you on here are like what you have your own fish room and know zilch about brine shrimp....yup that’s me 🙂 help please. Again need only as treat occasionally for pets only not sale guppies I do adoptions only I don’t sell so I’m in no hurry to grow them fast. I admit it it’s for me to be able to watch them chase them ROFL no other reason
  14. Hello, New member here, and it is my first post. I am in the process of ordering some supplies and I have a couple of questions. 1-After the brine shrimp has hatched and harvested, how long can I keep them to feed my fish? 2-If I have to keep them for a while, do I feed the brine shrimp, and what to feed them? 3-During the period they are kept, do you aerate them?
  15. My outside brine shrimp is actually working. I am using a twenty gallon barely structurally sound tote with no air. I mixed salt water using the instructions for an aquarium on a box of marine salt. I threw some spirulina flakes in and waited a bit for green water. It got super nasty smelling but I started putting eggs on top like you see in the photo anyway. I did this during a heat wave. The super nasty water took about a week and half to turn into green water. I am topping it off with rain water but am running out because we are in a bit of a drought. I harvest just enough for snacks everyday and because I want the shrimp to grow and maybe start live bearing. Our heat wave may abate soon, it will be interesting to see if hatching and growth slow down. It gets direct sun and is out of the wind. I can now see when the shrimp start to consume the algae and will have to balance fouling the water and feeding the colony. So far it is a super cheap low maintenance way to get some live food. I am even using eggs that might be two years old. Thanks @Cory for the inspiration on this project.
  16. What are a few reasons I might want to slow it down with my frozen foods? I have been enjoying feeding frozen brine shrimp. I like to hold the cube with my planting tweezers and let the filter outlet blow the food apart. Maybe it’s in my head but the fish seem to react differently when the food jets across the tank. It’s been more enjoyable to engage with the tank this way. That aside, is there the possibility of ruining the fish for flake? Is there a nutritional reason not to over do frozen brine shrimp? I’ve heard that too much blood worms is not a good idea.
  17. Cory was definitely in talks with whirlpool to get a brine shrimp container mold placed in it. Thanks Cory! 😉
  18. I made a DIY Brine Shrimp Hatchery that only costed me 86cents! Items needed: Pop Bottle (I used a 1 Liter bottle) Airline Tubing Air Valve Tape The only item I didnt have was the pop bottle, which costed me 86cents. (Tip, go to the dollar store and get the pop bottle there) Steps included: Drill a hole in the bottles lid. (Make sure the lid is the same size of the airline tubing) Insert the airline tubing through the hole. (I had to use super glue because I made the hole too big) Cut the Pop bottle into two. Make sure that the top of the pop bottle is taller then the bottom of the pop bottle. The top is what will be holding your baby brine shrimp. Then drill a hole into the bottom of the pop bottle. Make sure that its nearest to the bottom of the bottle as possible. I had to make three different holes because two of them were too high. The bottom most hole is the one I used. The size of the hole does not matter just as long as your airline tubing can fit through. Screw the cap of the bottle that has the airline tubing back onto the bottle. Then place the top of the bottle with the cap into the bottom half of the bottle. Pull the airline tubing through your hole, and attacth an air valve. The airvalve will maintain the baby brine shrimp not escpaing through the tubbing. When its harvest time turn the airvalve open and it will start pooring out. If when cutting the bottle and the cut was not straight, you may need to tape it into place. I have not hatched any brine shrimp yet, but I'm excited to start! I'm going to order some brine shrimp eggs off amazon and I willl update this thread when I get a hatch. The hardest part is finding trustworthy eggs. I live in canada so i cant do the co-op eggs. Any suggestions? The Sanfranciso Bay ones seem to come in such a small conatiner, thoughts?
  19. Hello all, What actually happens to unhatched eggs that accidentally get put into tanks that are being feed BBS? do they rot? are they edible? are they a huge concern? thanks in advance!
  20. Anyone else put their brine shrimp to bed? (lullaby songs playing) LOL
  21. Hello everyone. Noob question, i know. But does anyone know how to use these brine shrimp bottle cap connectors? Thank you. 🐠
  22. I am considering setting up a small brine shrimp aquarium. I own and like the Ziss kit from the Co-Op, but I just don’t keep enough fish at this time. In my marine days, I accidentally bred some sort of shrimp or copepods in a canister filter. I would be interested in doing some sort of persistent colony, if possible. Has anyone tried something like this?
  23. Hi all, I'm looking for something similar to the soft fine mesh materials used to make brine shrimp nets or the bottom of a german breeding ring. Has anyone found a good source for this before? I'm hoping to avoid buying large nets and cutting them up. Thanks!
  24. Hello everybody, I have a heavily planted 4gal nano tank, young pea puffer, and a small HOB filter (modded with coarse sponges per Cory's YouTube video and set to the lowest flow setting). I'm new to live foods and I was just wondering, do you just let the filter run when you feed brine shrimp? Or is it a bad idea to put the filter on a timer and run it like 10min ON / 50min OFF every hour to keep the brine shrimp in the tank longer and out of the filter? Or maybe I'm over thinking it. 😉 Thanks in advance!
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