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stephanieleah 01-22-2010 09:31 AM

how to buy, store, feed with brine shrimp
i've been feeding my dwarf puffers frozen brine shrimp since I got them a few days ago. I was wondering how hard it is to use live brine shrimp. do i need to fortify them somehow with additional vitamins? how do i keep them alive until they are all used up? can i just throw a week's supply into the tank and keep them alive in there :shock: If it's too difficult I'll just continue with the frozen stuff, but it would be nice for the fish to do some real life hunting for their food. I think they need that.

have you had any success ordering it online?

Angel079 01-22-2010 10:07 AM

I'd just buy eggs and start my own hatchery with a lil mason jar or plastic container (look for DIY threads on google, there's plenty incl videos). No special "treatment" needed as far as "injecting" vitamins or something like that. Or other fish would prop appreciate the live food too :-)
I'd just store them in the hatchery till dinner time, "storing" them inside the tank will prop not work cause they'll be ate before the eggs hatch :-)

WisFish 01-22-2010 10:26 AM

I agree with Angel. If I remember right, the eggs have to be hatched in salt water. anybody??? So that wouldn't work in a freshwater tank.

Angel079 01-22-2010 10:56 AM

You'll need eggs for starters obviously lol Mason jar or large opening bottle (anything you can access pretty much. Air pump, airline tubing and Rock salt (or any non-iodized salt).
Assemble all, put lil wholes in the lid (eg with screw driver) fill jar with water add about 3 teaspoons of salt per mason jar. Sit it in a warm spot in your house where it gets light (eg window sill) turn the air pump off after a day, see what you got hatched eggs will float up to and the one's that didn't lay on the bottom.

Hope that helps lol

iamntbatman 01-23-2010 12:04 AM

I think I'd just stick with frozen if you've only got the handful of dwarf puffers. The hatcheries aren't designed to grow out brine shrimp to adult size. They're intended simply to hatch brine shrimp to feed to fry. Stores do sell live brine shrimp but without a tank set up for them, they'd die before you could feed them to your fish in time. They live in extremely high salinity water, so they wouldn't survive long in your tank and would just create a lot of pollution.

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