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11-01-2009, 01:20 AM
I keep seeing these little hatcheries and talk of raising and feeding brine shrimp. Would someone please explain the hows and whys of it all?
How do you feed it to your fish?
Why would you?
Is it worth the time in you oppinion?
Thanks in advance.
11-01-2009, 01:00 AM
Get a net, run it through the brine shrimp tank, empty it into the fishtank.
Some people prefer giving their fish a live treat once in a while.
I feed mine brine shrimp once a week (Five days a week they get flakes/pellets, one day brine shrimp, one day of no food.)
Depends on the fish.
It's worth the time if you want live food for your fish. If not? Just buy the prepared (frozen or dried) brine shrimp.
11-01-2009, 01:06 AM
This is how you go about raising them...
I just use the Frozen type....and feed it to them twice a week. They love it!
11-01-2009, 01:09 AM
So after you hatch them you set them up in a seperate tank? This seems like a good option for me for live food. I live in the middle of nowhere and no fish stores nearby. I was reading about the red or orange colored fish really benefit from brine shrimp in there diet to keep their colors bright. I'm hoping to get an koi angel eventually, but it may benefit all my fish as well. Thanks for helping.
11-01-2009, 01:12 AM
Indeed, some people believe that brine shrimp help keep red/orange/yellow fishes colors brighter. Good luck if you decide to do it, and you know where to come if you have any more question on it. =D
11-01-2009, 12:52 PM
I've done the brine shrimp thing a few times and to be honest for the amount of work needed and the set up time and the over all cost... just go get the frozen type. I've found trying to raise them is just PITA and for the amount of brine I was getting VS the cost it just isn't worth it. My fish absolutely love the frozen type just as much.
If you really really want to give your fish a nice live treat, or to watch the shrimp hatch, try one of these. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=4445
I have the black box version. you fill it with water, dump in a premixed pack, and wait a day. It's the cheapest and easiest way I've found to do it and it works pretty well.
11-01-2009, 03:31 PM
I wouldnt bother, it scheaper to buy it from a pet store or supplier, or better still...Frozen...
I have to grow my own, as I have mandarin fish, and other wild caught specimens, so growing it for me is a visable option due to the costs of buying it in per week. Also, its difficult as plankton suppliments are needed, cleaning, and such also.
My point is, buying it from a shop on a regular basis is easier cheaper and more viable than growing it.
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