David’s Live Fish Foods

Brine Shrimp - Artemia salina

Hatching and Collecting

Baby brine shrimp are about the best food you can

give your small fry. It has an acceptable amount of

nutrients. Not great but acceptable. You can hatch

whatever quantities of brine shrimp you need. The

time to hatch is repeatable. If the first batch

takes 24 hours the next one will take 24 hours. If a

1/4 teaspoon a day is the right amount you can

hatch that amount with every batch. You are in

control.

The hatching medium is water and salt. Pretty much

any kind of water. Shrimp will hatch using very soft

water and with very hard water. You will just adjust

the amount of salt you add to the water. And the

salt, it can be most any kind of salt. You can use the

round cardboard can of table salt, the cheaper box

of canning/pickling/kisher salt. If you go through a

lot of salt, then use pool salt or water softener

salt. You can even use road salt, it is just dirtier to 

use.

I use a quart of water with 2-3 heaping teaspoons of pool salt. In the summer when the basement is warmer the brine shrimp eggs will hatch in 24 hours. In the winter time it takes closer to 30-34 hours. Now having brine shrimp eggs freshly hatched every day takes planning. You are going to need several hatching containers. I use 3. One is the one I started yesterday morning and had a second round of eggs added yesterday afternoon. That one will be hatching today and tomorrow  morning. Then there is the one I added eggs to this morning. The 'today' jar. It will hatch tomorrow and the following day morning. Then it will get cleaned out and restarted the next morning. The last jar is from 2 days ago. It was cleaned out last night, set up with clean water and fresh salt. It will get eggs tomorrow morning and tomorrow late afternoon for a hatch 2 days from now.
Hatching and collecting brine shrimp video
When the eggs have hatched, I place the container on a shelf that is more or less eye level so I can so what is going on. I place a light at the bottom. The shrimp will go to the light, so all the shrimp will be near the bottom next to where the light is. I really go old fashion at this point. I use aquarium tubing with a straight still piece attached to syphon the shrimp into a smaller container. This way I can try to get just the hatched shrimp and not get the hatched eggs (on top) and the unhatched eggs (the very bottom). Once I have the eggs syphoned out I put the container back with the other 2 and put the airline back in. Now the smaller container I syphoned the shrimp into goes next to the light for a second separation. I really do not want the eggs shells getting fed to the fish. They have no nutritional value and just plug up the fish's intestines. It takes maybe 10 minutes for the shrimp to all gather at one end of the container next to the light. Then I syphon that area into a brine shrimp net (or hankerchief) suspended over a container to catch the salt water as it drains through. Finally I have a net full of shrimp. I give it a rinse with fresh water and dump it into a feeding container with fresh water. It is ready to feed with a baby eye dropper.
David’s Live Fish Foods

Brine Shrimp - Artemia salina

Hatching and Collecting

Baby brine shrimp are about the best food you can give

your small fry. It has an acceptable amount of nutrients.

Not great but acceptable. You can hatch whatever

quantities of brine shrimp you need. The time to hatch is

repeatable. If the first batch takes 24 hours the next one

will take 24 hours. If a 1/4 teaspoon a day is the right

amount you can hatch that amount with every batch. You

are in control.

The hatching medium is water and salt. Pretty much any

kind of water. Shrimp will hatch using very soft water and

with very hard water. You will just adjust the amount of

salt you add to the water. And the salt, it can be most any

kind of salt. You can use the round cardboard can of table

salt, the cheaper box of canning/pickling/kisher salt. If

you go through a lot of salt, then use pool salt or water

softener salt. You can even use road salt, it is just dirtier

to  use.

I use a quart of water with 2-3 heaping teaspoons of pool salt. In the summer when the basement is warmer the brine shrimp eggs will hatch in 24 hours. In the winter time it takes closer to 30-34 hours. Now having brine shrimp eggs freshly hatched every day takes planning. You are going to need several hatching containers. I use 3. One is the one I started yesterday morning and had a second round of eggs added yesterday afternoon. That one will be hatching today and tomorrow  morning. Then there is the one I added eggs to this morning. The 'today' jar. It will hatch tomorrow and the following day morning. Then it will get cleaned out and restarted the next morning. The last jar is from 2 days ago. It was cleaned out last night, set up with clean water and fresh salt. It will get eggs tomorrow morning and tomorrow late afternoon for a hatch 2 days from now.
When the eggs have hatched, I place the container on a shelf that is more or less eye level so I can so what is going on. I place a light at the bottom. The shrimp will go to the light, so all the shrimp will be near the bottom next to where the light is. I really go old fashion at this point. I use aquarium tubing with a straight still piece attached to syphon the shrimp into a smaller container. This way I can try to get just the hatched shrimp and not get the hatched eggs (on top) and the unhatched eggs (the very bottom). Once I have the eggs syphoned out I put the container back with the other 2 and put the airline back in. Now the smaller container I syphoned the shrimp into goes next to the light for a second separation. I really do not want the eggs shells getting fed to the fish. They have no nutritional value and just plug up the fish's intestines. It takes maybe 10 minutes for the shrimp to all gather at one end of the container next to the light. Then I syphon that area into a brine shrimp net (or hankerchief) suspended over a container to catch the salt water as it drains through. Finally I have a net full of shrimp. I give it a rinse with fresh water and dump it into a feeding container with fresh water. It is ready to feed with a baby eye dropper.