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Re: Artemia Brand

In a message dated 10/24/2001 9:15:20 PM Central Daylight Time, jsull97@earthlink.net writes:

With all the discussion about getting good hatch rates, I have a problem even after getting over that hurdle...what to do with all the hatchlings for the day or two over which they can be fed to fry?  I tend to have high die off rates even after good hatchings.  I almost always transfer them to fresh brine water and have tried placing them in the fridge (lower metabolism rate to keep up nutritional value) and floating them in a tank with food and air.  Neither really seems to keep good numbers alive and swimming for 48+ hrs.  

You can freeze them.  I use those tiny ice cube trays I find in thrift shops.  Everytime I make brine shrimp, I freeze about half and keep the rest in the fridge.  The refrigerated shrimps are used up about in just about 48 hours.  I pop the frozen ones out of the ice cube trays after 24 hours and drop them into a sealed container where they keep forever in the freezer.  When you drop them into the tank, the cube floats and a stream of bbs float down.  Based on the fish reaction, they still taste very good.  Since most spawns are unanticipated, these are great for emergency feeding.