Raising live brine shrimp

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  1. Radies

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    Hi guys I am looking to try and train my mandarin to eat frozen foods, so I got myself brine shrimp eggs and I modified a 2l bottle with a airstones to try and get them to hatch, but after that I need them to eat till they are big enough to feed the mandarin... What do I feed the newly born brine shrimp??
     
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    Newly born brine shrimp is the most nutritious and they can be fed to your manadrin after hatching (so no need to raise them to adulthood).

    If you really want to raise them to maturity then you would have to feed them after 24 hours(they live off their yolk in their egg sac for 24 hours). After that you could feed them a variety of foods from yeast to egg yolk.
     
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    Oky so then there is no need for me to raise them. Egg yolk, soos eier wit van hoenders? When I want to raise them?
     
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    yep, but use this recipe.



    Egg yolk paste recipe

    Hard boil an egg and discard the egg white.
    Mix the egg yolk with one tablespoon of Bemax (or any other similar health food product, the important thing is to use a non-flavored variant). If you cannot obtain health food, try dry baby food. The result should be a smooth paste.
    Mix in a few drops of liquid fry food.
    Mix in a pinch of flake food.
    Shape the paste into really thin biscuits on top of a baking tray.
    Cook in the oven under low heat. The aim is to make the biscuits dry, not to really cook or burn them.
    Remove from oven and leave to cool.
    Use a rolling pin to crush the biscuits into a really fine powder. The smaller the particles, the easier for your brine shrimp to eat them.
    Store your brine shrimp food in a dark, airtight container.
     
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    But you really dont need to do that because once they have consumed their egg sac then they start to lose nutritional value.
     
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    Very interesting! Will try it once so that I can say I can raise brine shrimp. Thanks for all the help!! So I don't need any lighting when hatching the eggs? Coz I putted the 2l bottle and airstone in my sump and there is no lightning
     
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    I've tried to raise my shrimps a couple of times - and manage to let them die on days 4/5...

    I'm feeding spirulina powder - just a small pinch a day. Not sure if the water quality just goes bad, or if i don't feed enough... :-(

    I've watched a couple youtube videos on this topic - and tried some of them - still no success... :-(
    Maybe someone else to give advice here.
    (Oh - and sorry for bumping in on this thread)
     
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    Nope, no lighting needed. Some experiments even show that its better to grow them in the dark.
     
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    They are more nutritious with their yolk attached and although appear small to us, your mandarin won't have any trouble finding them.
    But if you really want to raise them you can simply feed them hard boiled egg yolk and/or yeast, don't think you'll ever find Bemax. They not too fussy about water quality or temp or salinity even. Throw them in a bucket outside, allow algae to take over and they should do fine.
     
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    So no air or flow nothing? Just put the bucket in the sun so that the water turns green?
     
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    Airstone will help.
    Best brine shrimp culture I've seen was basically an old bath tub sitting on a veranda. I think @Dane would have seen it too
     
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    another question ... when placing the brine shrimp in the DT what is the best way to do it ? They seek light so generally travel straight up towards the surface where (I assume) a bunch of them get skimmed into the overflow. The mandarins (I have a pair) do not eat any pods/brine/etc from "mid air" but rather pick them off the rocks and other surfaces. However, my wrasses and damsels feast on these guys because they do eat them that way, leaving very little (if any) for the mandarins. So what is the best way to release these tiny critters into the DT so that the mandarins have the best chance of getting to them.
     
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    anyone ?
     
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    The best system I had was a big open bucket,
    with a wide surface area.(Fill with old tank water)
    Left outside with a few leaves and things in it.
    I did find that you could scoop out a few strip when needed.
    The only down side were mosquitos and the fact that the brine tended to get quite big.
     
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    Have you looked at that brine dispenser from oom Paul? The guy with the 40yr old tank?
     
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    Have you feed them anything?
    Why the leaves?

    I've tried to keep brine shrimps in a 20l bucket, fed them spirulina. After 3/4 days they all gone.. :-(
     
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    No, I never fed them.
    The leaves from trees outside would fall into the bucket,
    and basically rot… Its like an outside salt water pond.
    I even had quit a good Rotifer colony going.
    Check out Joyce Wilkerson's book on breeding clownfish.
    It was a good way of always having Rotifers and Brine shrimp on hand.
     
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    For how long do you leave the water in the bucket?
     
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    Is it possible to hatch brine shrimp in fresh RO water or does it have to be in salt water aka old tank water ?
     
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