brine shrimp

OP
johnston

johnston

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 25, 2020
Messages
209
Reaction score
906
lol yes I know that but live is always better not sure how to set up a brine tank wanted to see how one is set up with success to see if its worth the hassle
 
Top Shelf Aquatics

Peace River

Thrive Master
View Badges
Joined
Apr 29, 2014
Messages
8,191
Reaction score
49,142
Location
Central Florida, USA
joey's a goof ball but here you go
+1

Although I don’t have any BBS set up at the moment, I have used this setup and the inverted 2 liter bottles with the plastic stands


Some fry are attracted to, and even require, the movement of live foods to trigger their feeding response.
 

Paul B

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Nov 3, 2010
Messages
11,269
Reaction score
29,253
Location
Long Island NY
New born brine shrimp are an excellent food for any tiny fish. I hatched them almost every day for 30 years for my pipefish, new born fish and mandarins.

I used this hatchery that I designed. It hatches the shrimp in about 36 hours and seperates the shrimp from the shells.



Then I put them in the feeder I designed.

All these fish are spawning. The pipes, ruby reds and mandarins.

 

35ppt

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 19, 2019
Messages
520
Reaction score
656
Location
Los Angeles
New born brine shrimp are an excellent food for any tiny fish. I hatched them almost every day for 30 years for my pipefish, new born fish and mandarins.

I used this hatchery that I designed. It hatches the shrimp in about 36 hours and seperates the shrimp from the shells.



Then I put them in the feeder I designed.

All these fish are spawning. The pipes, ruby reds and mandarins.

+1
Freshly hatched BBS are good food, also you can enrich them yourself by adding some selcon to the water if they're ~24 hours or more old, by then they will have used up their egg sacks. I hatch BBS nightly for breeding Banggais. I leave the BBS culture to hatch for 24 hours then after separating from the egg shells I drop some selcon into the water and consider it ready to feed 12 hours later. They will hatch faster than that depending on heat but that's what works for my schedule and even if it was a little cold they'll all be hatched. Before I started enriching the BBS I would always loose one or two of the fry, sometimes more. But since I started enriching with selcon I have not lost a single one.

I use a similar setup to the King of DIY video and use a light to attract them to the bottom of the container in order to separate them from the shells that float.
 
Last edited:

mrpizzaface

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 6, 2017
Messages
549
Reaction score
628
Location
Queens
New born brine shrimp are an excellent food for any tiny fish. I hatched them almost every day for 30 years for my pipefish, new born fish and mandarins.

I used this hatchery that I designed. It hatches the shrimp in about 36 hours and seperates the shrimp from the shells.



Then I put them in the feeder I designed.

All these fish are spawning. The pipes, ruby reds and mandarins.

Can you give me a run through of how your hatchery works?
 

mrpizzaface

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 6, 2017
Messages
549
Reaction score
628
Location
Queens
i hatch brine shrimp twice a day. I use diy hatcheries. I have just never seen a design like @Paul B, and was curious how it works.
EEFA9802-03D2-4E40-B816-E5C387C9A11F.jpeg
 

Octo clownfish

Member
View Badges
Joined
Feb 8, 2020
Messages
11
Reaction score
29
I breed clownfish and do not use BBS anymore I go from rotifers straight to TDO with an overlap of the two. If you do use BBS then you should feed them to your fish with 24hours after hatching as this is the time that they are MOST nutritious with their yoke sacks still nice and full. As the BBS age past the 24 hour mark they use up a lot of the egg yoke they are born with and become less of a nutritional value to whatever you are feeding.

I agree that @Paul B. That hatchery is interesting and I do not believe Ive ever seen one. How does it work?
 

NeonRabbit221B

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 21, 2019
Messages
578
Reaction score
613
Piggy backing on PaulB's and Octo's info...

Newly hatched brine shrimp are fantastic nutrition but their value as a food source declines quickly. Keeping them and raising them as a sole food source isn't a fantastic idea and you will need to do a batch every 24 hours. If your fish need a live food source then do it! Other suggestions for good food sources are white worms and clams from the grocery store.

Honestly unless you do a hatchery setup and need a live food source I wouldn't bother.
 

Are you getting any reefing "to do" list items done this weekend?

  • YES and its not fun

    Votes: 39 15.6%
  • YES and it's fun stuff for me

    Votes: 157 62.8%
  • Nope nothing!

    Votes: 33 13.2%
  • Maybe, maybe not!

    Votes: 21 8.4%

Online statistics

Members online
2,714
Guests online
6,493
Total visitors
9,207
Pieces of the Ocean
Top