Fish Folk Posted August 18, 2021 Share Posted August 18, 2021 (edited) 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. Edited August 18, 2021 by Fish Folk 4 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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