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fish_4_all 08-16-2007 06:38 PM

Decapsulted Brine Shrimp eggs ??
Ok, I have not gotten them yet but I plant to very soon for various reasons including feeding fry and the fcat that I do not have to worry about shells causing digestion problems in any of my fish.

I want to know if anyone has ever tried them and how much success have they had with them?

I also found an interesting article that talks about microwaving them until they pop like popcorn so they are soften and a bright orange in color. Supposedly fry really go for them that way. I tried this with regular eggs and they did not pop so I don't know if it works or not.

herefishy 08-16-2007 10:17 PM

I bought some from PetSolutions a while back. They are the "cat's meow". No more shells to contend with!!!! Well, not as many anyway. Hatch rate was exceptional. I would recommend them.

fish_4_all 08-17-2007 01:03 PM

I was actually talking about the non hatching ones but that information is really good also. I can't see paying the price for the hatchng decapsulated ones when the fry will eat the eggs just as well and you lose nothing through hatching, not to mention I don't have to deal with it when I really hate hatching them.

HERE are the ones I was thinking of getting. $15 for a pounds can't be a bad price, or I think so anyway.

Were the hatching decapsulted ones you got in a solution or were they dry?

jones57742 08-17-2007 02:51 PM

F4A and Hf:

I am very glad that yall "got into this".

Before I reentered fish keeping I researched the literature extensively concerning hatching and raising BBS.

I have tried all the "various hardware and processes" for cultivating them and all have been somewhat more than a "pain".

(and I really mean that I have tried hard: including but not limited to installing a tee and valves underneath a cone in the air line and removing the bbs from the bottom via turning off the air pump, closing the valve to the air pump and opening the valve to a line which transferred the bbs to a vessel)

I have at least more than $100 of hardware in the garage which I will never use again unless yall have something here which I have not thought of for harvesting the bbs.

Another process which I considered was placing a tank (like a 5 or 10 gallon hex with a heater and incandescent light and air diffusion) on the back porch, filling with tank water, adding salt and algae. some organic matter and let the sunlight generate "green water".
Then inducing the eggs, letting them hatch, waiting 24 days for the bs to begin reproduction and then cultivating the mature brine shrimp with a net.

Does anyone have any "pearls of wisdom" with respect to this post?


fish_4_all 08-17-2007 03:08 PM

Yah I have a solution, get the decapsulted shrimp and don't hatch them.

The only way I know of to eliminate the hastle is to use something like THIS.

If you really want to make it easier and eliminate seperating them decapsulate them yourself and then hatch them. Once they are decapsulated you don't have to remove the unhatched eggs because the shell is gone and can't harm the fish. I actually just did this for the first time and it worked perfectly although I won't be hatching mine at all, just feeding them to the fish or trying to pop them like popcorn.

Look this up "brine shrimp decapsulating" and you will get a ton of instructions to do it that are really easy.

sweetwaterarabians 08-19-2007 11:04 AM

I have that hatchery
I have that hatchery dish from BSD. It is very easy to use and makes hatching quit easy. Though I had a hard time finding a good place to keep it in my small house and got tired of cleaning it and keeping the hatching going on that I just use the decapsulated eggs now. It seems to work just as good though I think my fish liked chasing the live ones more. I just soak them for a few minutes before feeding them.

fish_4_all 08-19-2007 01:55 PM

sweetwaterarabians: if you have a few to experiment with try soaking a teaspoon of them in a coffee cup until they rehydrate and then microwave them for 3 minutes. They actually do pop and the volume increased for me by about 200%. This was just with the naked eye but the overall volume was quite larger. My neons and even my swords gobbled them up and they have never had brine shrimp before.

jones57742 08-19-2007 03:03 PM


Yall have "been there and done that"!

This information is very good but I am really getting lost here!

I know that decapsulated brine shrimp eggs can be purchased


are yall talking about purchasing brine shrimp eggs and then decapsulating them or purchasing decapsulated eggs.

If (in as physics) someone could start from the basics with 1, 2, 3 etc. I would appreciate it.

herefishy 08-19-2007 03:36 PM

I think we are talking decapsulated eggs here. They actually have the "shells" removed. I use "sun" tea jars to "hatch" my Brineys. All I do is put an air stone attached to a small air pump into the jar, place close to a window and voila!!! I have bbs. The great thing about using "shellless" briney eggs is the fact that I have a noticeably less amount of "hulls" to contend with. I just hold the net uder the "faucet", turn it on, catch the water in a bowl (which I return to the "sun tea" jar), Rinse the brineys and feed.

fish_4_all 08-19-2007 05:32 PM

Doesn't really matter actually. If you want to buy the regular eggs and decapsulate then then go for it. I think it is a hastle and with the prices being so cheap for the decapsulated non-hatching ones I don;t see a reason. If oyu want them to hatch theough youhave to buy them and decapsulate them in a different way or buy decapsulated ones that will hatch.

The decapsulted ones for Brine Shrimp Direct will NOT hatch. If you get these all you have to do is rehydrate them for 5-30 minutes and feed them directly to your fish. I am going to order some sooner or later and when I do I will be "popping" them in the microwave to feed to fry and my adults. This should soften them so soft and fluffy that fry should have no problem eating them and should be really easy to digest.

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