I'm thinking of getting a brine shrimp hatchery and was just wondering the pros and cons of this decision....I figure it will give my fish ( especially the mandarin) some live food to eat....any comments on this or experiences good or bad??? Thanks
I have a cheap little kit that I bought. It works great. I think it is San Francisco something. I could look when I got home, but needless to say it is real simple. The 2 liter bottle method seems to work well too. I don't do it very often as it is not really healthy for the fish. I enjoy it for some fun every now and then though.
I've had good luck hatching brine shrimp nauplii, but it's very difficult to raise them to adulthood (even though it only takes a few weeks).
Brine shrimp are like goldfish... they really pollute the water so you have to change it frequently. Between the expense of salt for water changes, food, and the equipment to start the hatchery, it's almost cheaper just to buy them from the LFS where they usually get them fresh from the ocean (at least here in California where I am).
I finally gave up on it after 4 failed batches... maybe you'll have better luck.
Checkout on RC, Flame*Angel has a nice setup, on her website here Brine Shrimp are the most nutrious the first 6hrs after hacthing. For adults, if you feed them phyto or Selcon before feeding to your tank, this will "add" nutririon.
I saw an interesting idea on a thread a while back - the guy takes a 35mm film canister, drills a hole in the cap, puts some eggs inside and tucks it in the tank somewhere. Figures that once the shrimp hatch they'll head for the light through the cap and into the tank. Could work
That is a riot that you guys modelled anything after flame angel. She is the one that forced me back into the hobby. She doesn't know it but someone tossed me a link to here site in a chat one night, and seeing how neat and organized she was got me to thinking.......
Jay, I got the idea to build the cabinet all the way up the side of my tank from her, it wasn't until I saw your stand that I decided it would be better to prepare for that large tank (which I got permission for yesterady)!
Anyone actually feeding with the nauplii? I think if nothing else this would be a fun thing to watch. Maybe im a sicko.