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Instructions for
Hatching Brine Shrimp

  Live Brine Shrimp are Very Beneficial for Your Fish
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Starting the Hatchery:
  • Add 4 tablespoons of rock salt to 1 gallon of water. Stir until dissolved.
  • Attach the tubing to the air pump and cap it with the air stone. Place the end of your air stone all the way onto the bottom of the container.
  • Aerate for at least 30 minutes. If you're using tap water, let the solution aerate overnight.
  • Add 2 teaspoons (or less) of brine shrimp eggs and keep the air running at all times. Enough aeration is necessary to keep all the cysts suspended. Any eggs that remain on the bottom will not hatch. The eggs will hatch in approximately 18-24 hours.
Salt content should generally range from 1.023 to 1.030 on a hydrometer. A hydrometer is the best way to get the salt content correct, but you'll be OK using tablespoon measurements. The solution doesn’t need to be perfect, since brine shrimp will hatch and live in a range of salinity. You can also try different salt strengths. One with the strength above, one a bit weaker, for example.

The temperature should be approximately 85 - 90 degrees F. Lower or higher temps will affect hatch rate and time. It's best to keep the hatchery in a temp controlled room or box. You can try shinning a lamp (15 to 25 Watt) on the side of the container(s) for proper temperature. Be sure to monitor the temp with an aquarium thermometer, and don't let the brine shrimp get too hot.

Feeding the Brine Shrimp:
For food, a pinch of baker's or brewer's yeast once a week should be fine. Mark the water level on the container. As water evaporates, add more tap water-not salt water-to keep the salt concentration the same.

Harvesting the Newborn Brine Shrimp:
To harvest, remove the aeration hose and let the hatched artemia settle to the bottom. Then siphon this out through a fine sieve, handkerchief or baby brine shrimp net. Rinse the brine shrimp with fresh water into a feeding container and then feed using an eyedropper, turkey baster or small spoon. As the hours go by, the artemia consume the yolk sac to stay alive and in the process they become less nutritious. Also, as time goes by, dangerous bacteria will grow on the shrimp. Eventually it becomes dangerous to feed. For these reasons, artemia should be fed as soon after hatching as possible. They should not be stored for future feedings. Hatch only enough at one time to feed all the fish at that feeding. Then restart the hatchery with fresh water, salt, and cysts. Clean the hatching container very thoroughly before starting the next hatch out.
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regarding hatching brine shrimp eggs.

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