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Fresh Water Brine Shrimp

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by georgedv, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. georgedv

    georgedv Member 5 Year Member

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    I am interested in what experiene anyone might have with fresh water brine shrimp. The little I know is they have just as good of a nutritional value as their salt water cuzs.

    Also, if anyone has a source for eggs on these little critters.

    Thanks

    g
  2. tjudy

    tjudy Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I am not familiar with a freshwater Artemia that is commercially available. There is a product called CyclopsEze that is a frozen (or freeze dried) freshwater copepod. It has excellent nutritional value, but it is not alive and will not trigger the 'wiggle response' some apisto fry need to eat.
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    ste12000 Member 5 Year Member

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    I can only assume you are asking about Fairy shrimp...Ive used them once and have a interesting article in a 1969 copy of TFH (I collect old books and mags, at times like this they come in handy!!) It is a two page article on the freshwater fairy shrimp which is closely related to marine brineshrimp, If you want to send me your full email via PM ill send a scan over to you..

    As for sourcing them! the asians are about the only people i know of that use a lot of them, a few large breeding establishments are selling annual killifish eggs on Ebay, they offer as package including fairy shrimp as a first food for newly hatched fry, i would suggest you make contact and see if they can be bought in larger quantities?
  4. ed seeley

    ed seeley Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    One seller sells the fairy shrimp eggs on their own but they are very expensive to me; $14.99 for 100,000 eggs!

    Compared to Brine shrimp; I get 550gram for £30! This makes the fairy shrimp especially expensive when you think that you get about 300,000 Artemia eggs per gram!!!!!
  5. georgedv

    georgedv Member 5 Year Member

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    I will have to check the artical and see if they are called fairy shrimp. If I understood correctly, they are the size of artemia and are hatched in a similar fashion.

    I am not positive...so give me until tomorrow.

    thanks

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  6. georgedv

    georgedv Member 5 Year Member

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    Sorry for the delay Iwas looking for an artical but it was a Q & A in a trade mag. You are correct it is the Fairy Shrimp.

    I will try to get sme and see how hard it is to start my own "cultures". I agree that $14 for 100000 eggs is a bundle.

    Thank you everyone for your input.


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  7. fishme.

    fishme. New Member 5 Year Member

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    i tried them a couple of times but their hatching rate was really poor and if i remember correct they were slightly bigger than bbs

    anyway if you try them i would like to know what happened

    georgedv

    i searched for the pet shop you asked me and unfortunately doesn't exist anymore but if you remember the name of it i could learn if it is moved somewhere else , i am sorry for the delay of my answer
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    georgedv Member 5 Year Member

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    Fish me, I think the place is called Stournara. It was a two floor corner shop. It's been over 20 years. I hope to be in Athens in August. I'll find out then

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