Brine Shrimp Hatchery

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  1. Irma

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    I have a small tank that houses 3 1L coke bottles that I hatch brine shrimp in.
    I have great success with this setup. Inside the tank is a heater set to 26 degrees and a small flow pump to circulate the water. I have an air pump with two outlets.

    I feed the newly hatched brine to my marine tank which contains 2 Evansi Anthias, a Sunburst anthias, a pearlscale butterfly and a tiny Green Banded Goby which love to eat them. The clowns and tailspot blenny also join in.

    I dissolve 1 3/4 teaspoons of aquarium salt in 1L tap water. I fill the coke bottle almost to the top and place it in the tank. I then add a pinch of baking soda and insert the airstone. After that I add 3/4 teaspoon of brine shrimp eggs. They hatch after 24 hours.

    The level of water in the bottles are low because I have already harvested some of the brine shrimp.

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  3. ccwilke

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    Nice @Irma had a peek at your hatchery on the reef meet..
     
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    Nice! That should work well!
    How often do you restart the culture?
     
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    Hi

    This is my hatchery. I like the heater and tank idea. My brine hatch in little more than 24h. Obviously the low heat. What SG is your culture medium at? I use 1.014

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    Regarding SG I was told to make mine 1.018-1.020 my shrimp hasn't hatched yet and its been 31 hours and I desperately need shrimp for my mandrin
     
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    @ daneg

    A sg of 1.010-1.020 will be optimal. I just keep mine at a low as possible sg as this lowers the ph and on turn makes the water less toxic as i hatch and grow out shrimp. Good aeration Is the key. In most cases failed hatching Iis caaused by inadequate aeration or the cycst might have become damp during storage. Bright light will also trigger the hatching effect. 18-32 degrees celcius.

    I would give you shrimp if you were in the area. Try some hobbyist in your area.
     
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    I take water direct out of my tank add the eggs and let it hang in the sump.Works everytime
     
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    @Dane G push your temp to 34 and like Jclaas said bright light definately helps the cycle. Generally a higher temp creates a higher yield.
     
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    Nice hatchery I've seen this design before & works well but take it off the cold floor.;)
     
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    @Daneg as I said decapsulate the eggs it will shorten the hatch time & increase the hatch rate.
     
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    @Irma nice hatchery & like your idea. @459b told me how awesome your setup was.
     
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    Thanks :blush:

    I would not push the temp past 30 as I have found that they do not hatch if the temp is too high. You might get a few hatching but the bulk will not.

    I feed the marine tank and 4 freshwater tanks from this setup (2 feedings a day) so I use up a bottle every 2 days. I make up one bottle every second day. If I have fry in my freshwater tanks then I use a bottle a day.
    Also, use the best brine shrimp eggs that you can and always refrigerate the unhatched eggs. This helps greatly in there hatch rate. I get the eggs from Prof Dirk in the Cape. The hatch rate is 90% and over.
     
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    Yup know the prof but haven't got any eggs from him yet. It's good to see someone who feeds live food cultures as most people are too lazy to do any cultures & think that it's a mission to keep cultures but it's simple.

    Do you grow out your shrimp for the larger fish?
     
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    Ok so my culture hatched this morning so I got some BBS and hopefully have some live Mysis later today, how do raise them to their second stage as the mandrin isn't eating them ATM, or should I say I haven't seen her eat them
     
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    I was just looking for ideas on a hatchery and found your setup. Nice one Irma.
    Im gonna give it a bash this weekend. :thumbup:
     
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    thanks for sharing @Irma
     
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    @Daneg don't sterss the mandarin will get to eat the bbs during the day.;)
     
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    I have a super high pressured job and I'm cool as ice, a little fooshie doesn't want to eat and I'm jittering out of control I hope she does I'm not going to be able to be here to monitor her this weekend as we going away
     
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    little fishies make even the bar-one man jittery
     
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