08-31-2010, 06:21 PM
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I have live brine shrimp, but last time I used half the bottle of eggs and the fry didn't survive the first week, so this time I skimped, and ended up with a really small amount of brine shrimp per cubic inch of water (not really per cubic inch, just less shrimp in more space) so now I have to hatch more eggs to be able to feed the fry completely. I have discovered, while feeding the parents, that the fry will eat flake food! It has to be extremely fine, though. I just fed them some flake food only, and they ate it. Just take a pinch in your hand, roll it around until it starts to stick into a roll, then break up the roll by rolling it perpendicular to the way you just rolled it (that's a lot of rolls, but if you read it slowly it will make sense.) for example if you just rolled it left to right, roll it up and down once. This should break up the roll. Repeat until the flake food is about the consistency of powder in your hand. Put it in the tank near the fry, and if they're aggressive eaters like mine, they should eat what they can. Usually 1-2 particles per fry will be eaten (at least that's what I've observed, they may eat more when I'm gone).