Today I was out shopping for anniversary presents for the old lady when I came across a triops kit. It's the one made by the Smithsonian institute. It came with a plastic "aquarium" that's maybe a quart, a little bag of sand, the triops eggs, a plastic castle, some food and a magnifying glass. I followed the instructions carefully.
The thing is...don't I have to worry about ammonia buildup and whatnot? Why shouldn't these guys suffer ammonia poisoning like any other invert? I can't really do water changes on this tank since I'll probably be removing eggs and/or baby triops if I do that.
So here's the plan: I have an extra air pump laying around and one of those Lee's plastic box filters that just uses regular filter floss. I've got tons of filter floss in various tanks that's already well seeded, so tomorrow I'm going to run out and buy an empty 10g tank. I've already got gravel. I'm just going to fill the 10g, toss in some water conditioner and the filter with the seeded floss, and dump in the contents of the triops aquarium a few days after they've hatched.
Any foreseeable problems with this? And is it really necessary to continue using distilled water for evaporation top-offs as the instructions say? I know distilled is necessary to get the eggs to hatch, but I'm guessing it suggests distilled for the top offs so that people don't have to buy water conditioner for their tap water.