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-Baby Brine Shrimp
Brine shrimp (Artemia)
Baby Brine Shrimp

Baby brine shrimp has long been a staple food for almost every fish breeder. Each breeder comes up with his own method of raising baby brine. Its become an art form.

The methods usually involve aeration to circulate the water, salt, and eggs. For Every 1 Quart of Water add 2 Tablespoons of non iodized salt and 1 Teaspoon of Brine Shrimp Eggs. Temperature of 80 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (26 to 28 Celsius) help to insure that hatching takes place in 24 to 36 hours. When aeration is stopped the egg shells float to the top of the water. Care should be taken when siphoning out the baby brine shrimp not to include egg shells as they may be a chocking hazard to baby fish. The baby brine can be siphoned into a net fine enough to separate the baby brine from the salt water mixture. The shrimp can then be rinsed and feed to your fry.

The closer the shrimp are used to their hatching the more nutritious they will be. As the shrimp put all their effort into growth there is less nutrition for your baby fish.

-Adult Brine Shrimp
Brine shrimp (Artemia)