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BRINE SHRIMP
Live brine shrimp (Artemia) can be a fantastic fish food that can be utilized for many purposes.
After you have been in the fishkeeping hobby for a while you may become interested in brine
shrimp because you'll start to hear about it all the time. There are mainly two different varieties
out there. One is the San Francisco brine shrimp and the other is the Great Salt Lake brine
shrimp. The San Francisco shrimp is smaller than the Salt Lake variety and can be used to feed
small fry in the early stages of development. You could then transition to the Salt Lake variety.
Live brine shrimp serves an important purpose:
? You can give them to your tropical fish as a high quality treat
? Feed them to your fry (baby fish) for quicker growth rates
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Can be used to trigger spawning and breeding behavior in certain fish species
Brine Shrimp for Breeding Fish
Brine shrimp is packed with good stuff for your fish. These small shrimps are approximately 50%
protein and 20% fat. If you're trying to breed your fish, whether it is freshwater or saltwater,
brine shrimp can be an excellent food source for any successful larvae you produce. If you're
having difficulty breeding fish, and assuming you have a pair, try giving them live brine shrimp
for a few days or even a week and see if it helps.
How to Set Up a Brine Shrimp Hatchery
Now that you've heard about some of the benefits of this great food source, let's talk about
how to make some for your own fishes. The best part about raising your own brine shrimp is
that it is fairly easy to do. First, you will need the following equipment:
? Empty, clean 2 liter soda bottle with lid
? Rigid airline tubing with air stone
? Small air pump with flexible airline tubing
? Light source
? Turkey baster
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Coffee Filter
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Brine Shrimp eggs
Set up your hatchery
The amount of water to put into the soda bottle depends on the directions that come with the
shrimp eggs. The San Francisco Bay brand of brine shrimp eggs is very popular and commonly
found in pet shops. We'll use this product in the setup of our hatchery. According to the
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