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post #1 of 3 Old 10-08-2011, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Brine shrimp eggs help

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my 11yr old daughter has 2 axolotl adults how laid eggs and they all hatched (around 370) and in the last 6 days all the babies have died cause we dont know how to feed them
my daughter read up using brine shrimp eggs to hatch and since we are not rich brought a small amount and none have hatched as a lot of forums say we dont have an air pump
we have tried everything to get them to hatch we have gone through 18 grams of eggs in the last few days and none are hatching and the babies are all dying she has 10 left now and really need a quick way of hatching the last of the eggs we have as she is using a small jar to try get something for the baby fry
can anyone give advice and as long as it does not require buying anything as we cant afford to do that

just need to know if hatching the eggs without an air pump is possible and if so how long should we be waiting for the eggs to hatch as she has 9 jars she is trying to hatch some have been in the jars as long as 4 days so far and not a single hatch

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-08-2011, 05:39 PM
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It has been many years [like, 20+] since I hatched brine shrimp to feed fry, but I suspect the eggs today are hatched much the same. I used a old fish bowl, but a large jar will work. You need salt water, warmth and a water current to prvent the eggs from settling as they will suffocate.

Here's an article that I suspect covers things:
Caudata Culture Articles - Microfoods


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post #3 of 3 Old 10-08-2011, 07:40 PM
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You may have a bad batch, it does happen if they are stored at wrong temps/humidity. But also you need to keep the eggs suspended in the water like byron said with an air pump, if this is something you dont have at the moment the a quick and simple solution is just to decapsulate the eggs and feed them right to the fry, its still recommended to use an air pump but you can get a similar result if you constantly stir so that the eggs stay suspended in the water for this shorter result. Untitled Document

Google hatching brine shrimp and decapsulating brine shrimp for more info, there are tons of guides out there.

Also not perfect but there is a food called first bites, it will be small enough the babys can eat it but many might not try and eat it due to its not moving.
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