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Our brine shrimp eggs come in a vial with enough eggs to hatch many batches of brine shrimp, which makes them a great subject for science experiments or science fair projects.
With some extra items like petri dishes and a 10x magnifying glass or stereo microscope, you can easily create a complete unit study.
What Are Brine Shrimp?
Brine shrimp are crustaceans that are classified in the phylum Arthropoda (the largest phylum in the animal kingdom, which includes insects and other creatures with jointed legs and exoskeletons).
They live in inland bodies of saltwater, such as the Lake Ayre, but not in the ocean, where they would have too many predators.
The female brine shrimp lays encapsulated eggs, or cysts, which remain dormant until the right hatching conditions.
These eggs can survive for years when dried and then, when added to salt water, hatch literally overnight!
The hatched shrimp larvae are called nauplii (singular is ‘nauplius’) and have a different anatomical structure than adult brine shrimp. A nauplius has only one eye, called a nauplier eye and has an extra pair of antennae with hairlike setae for swimming.
The nauplii molt, or shed their exoskeleton, about 12 hours after hatching. This brings them into the second larval stage. After several more moltings, they reach the adult stage; it only takes about eight days to mature from the time they hatch. (You can see an early nauplius stage in this picture of a brine shrimp.)
Adult brine shrimp have a pair of compound eyes as well as the nauplier eye. They also have 11 pairs of pleopods or leg-like appendages. The structure of the pleopods are designed for different functions: some are for swimming and the others are for scraping and filtering algae (the shrimp’s primary food source).
Mature brine shrimp might grow to as much as half an inch in length and live for up to three months.
Hatching & Raising Brine Shrimp
Use a glass container as a hatching tank for the brine shrimp, either a wide-mouth 2 litre jar or a shallow glass pan at least 10cm deep (this will work best).
Fill the container with a litre of salt-water solution: mix 1 to1-1/2 teaspoons of sea salt mixture or non-iodized table salt per cup of bottled water.
(If you want to use tap water, let it sit for an hour so the chlorine settles. You can also use rock or aquarium salt.)
The shrimp will live 1-3 days without food. If you want to keep them longer for a more in-depth study, feed them a very tiny amount of yeast – a few ‘grains’ as needed.
You might also need to change the water occasionally, if it gets cloudy. Clean out unhatched eggs from the top of the container, which will allow more oxygen to get into the water.
Observing Brine Shrimp
You can study your brine shrimp close up with a magnifying glass, stereo microscope, or compound microscope.
Overall, the small size, high protein content, balanced nutritional profile, and enrichment potential make baby brine shrimp an excellent and nutritious food source for fish fry. Buy baby brine shrimp eggs Australia to provide the essential nutrients required for growth, development, and overall health, promoting optimal conditions for the young goldfish fry, marine invertebrates, and tropical fish fry to thrive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Brine Shrimp are filter feeders and remove fine organic particles, (like single cell algae and bacteria) from the water as they swim. You can crush fish food to a fine powder and feed it to your baby brine shrimp (BBS).
If they are not eaten by fish, and for example you had a dedicated aquarium just for your brine shrimp, like a Sea Monkey set up, it is fairly easy to keep them alive. Healthy brine shrimp can live for 2-4 years!
An interesting behaviour of Brine Shrimp (Artemia salina) is that they swim upside down. This is due to positive phototaxis, which is an attraction to light. In nature this means the filter feeding legs are upwards, towards the sun.
Hold a light up to the aquarium. Healthy shrimp will concentrate towards the light. Look carefully and check if their digestive tract (the straight tube that runs the length of their body) is filled with food - if not, feed them!
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