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Mysteriously dying BBS

raymond82

Member
Thanks for sharing your method! The method I use does not differ too much from the one you describe but the most important thing is that it always used to work up until two months ago.

After my last post here not much improved and I decided to buy new cysts to see if the problem was there. The result was very interesting: with the new cysts the BBS don't die massively anymore and I get reasonable hatches after 48 hours at 21 degrees. However, I still have a lot more dead BBS than I used to have. So probably the cysts were part of the problem but I haven't figured out what else is affecting BBS survival. I'm also using a pinch of baking soda now but that doesn't seem to have much effect.

All in all it remains a bit of a mystery but the good news is that I have BBS again every day now, even though quite a big proportion of it dies in the bottle.
 

Apistomaster

Member
5 Year Member
Use a cheap marine Saltwater mix.
This allows a lower salinity since 1 tablespoon/liter is all that is required.
Also a temperature of ~27*C/80*F will hatch them within 24 hours.
 

sasikan

Member
i always clean with hot water my water bottles in between every batch. if for some reason i don't clean the container in between batches this is when i might have a batch of brine shrimps go bad
 

raymond82

Member
i always clean with hot water my water bottles in between every batch. if for some reason i don't clean the container in between batches this is when i might have a batch of brine shrimps go bad
I have the same experience as you, sometimes I even clean the bottles with bleach. However, these problems persisted even after cleaning with either bleach or hot water.

Use a cheap marine Saltwater mix.
This allows a lower salinity since 1 tablespoon/liter is all that is required.
Also a temperature of ~27*C/80*F will hatch them within 24 hours.
I've used four different kinds of salt so far, and also added baking powder in some occasions but I didn't get persistent improvements with that. If I come across cheap marine saltwater mix I'll try that too!
 

themountain

Active Member
5 Year Member
I had that problem once I made a new hatchery and had no problem after that
What you mean by that?? Different bottle and everything was ok?? I checked about the chlorine and its fairly low ,so now I am completely puzzled. I use marine salt and never had an issue ....but lately , it sucks!:confused:
 

gerald

Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Are there any local aquarist friends that you can give a sample of eggs to for hatching? If they fail too (assuming they know how to hatch BS eggs) then you probably have a bad can of eggs.
 

Bill82

New Member
What you mean by that?? Different bottle and everything was ok?? I checked about the chlorine and its fairly low ,so now I am completely puzzled. I use marine salt and never had an issue ....but lately , it sucks!:confused:
Yes I just changed the bottle
 
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