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Easy Summer Brine Shrimp

Discussion in 'Husbandry / Breeding' started by aarhud, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. aarhud

    aarhud Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I picked up a tip a while back that I finally tried this summer. A fellow hobbyist told me that he discards his brine shrimp hatch water into a glass container outside. The shrimp grow out and you get various sizes.

    I filled a 12" cube tank with roughly 3-4 gallons of salt water and then added my waste brine shrimp water. I used waste water from my reef tank. I have been dumping my brine shrimp hatchery water outside for several weeks now and the tank is full of various sized shrimp. I have not added any kind of food. There is algae covering the glass walls and a few bugs/leaves make it into the tank.

    If you do not have a ton of fish to feed, this is a neat little trick to avoid having to hatch brine shrimp daily. I am using the shrimp to feed killifish so it does not take much.

    I'm thinking about trying a powdered algae to feed and increasing the container size.

    Just wanted to share this.
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    larryl New Member

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    That's a good tip - what kind of outdoor temps are you having?
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    cool. thanks for sharing.
    i need to start experimenting with some of these live food cultures. so far i have only been scooping mosquito larvae from my outdoor tank.

    -r
  4. aarhud

    aarhud Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Temps have been everywhere from 80-95+.



    I feed mosquito larva too. But with the high heat, I am overly cautious about not letting them develop and so I end up dumping a lot of them on the ground.
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    Put them in the fridge, that way they don't morph and you can finish collecting later when your ready. Sometimes I put them in the fridge before collecting it slows them way down and makes collecting easier.
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I bet your 'better half' just loves you for this - if you have one!:D
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    No, no more dead things in the house unless it's field dressed, she hit the roof when she found a dead fox and 2 coons in the freezer.
    I have 2 shops that have the bulk of my tanks and a fridge in one of them where I do all the collecting and freezing.
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    aarhud Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I keep a few frozen mallards in the freezer for dog training. I consider myself lucky that my wife puts up with that, so I'll keep fish critters out of the fridge haha!
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    She doesn't mind as long as the hide is off, well maybe not the fox.
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