Live Brine Shrimp

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    mikewurtz FOWLR Power! VIP Member

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    Is hatching live feed worth the trouble? I've been looking into some brine shrimp hatcheries. Thoughts?
     
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    I figure the pods are all the live foods my fish need.
    I would fool with the hatcheries.But if you've got kids,then they will really enjoy growing em.
     
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    I plan on trying to hatch them but, it'll be sometime next year
    you can also buy bags of adult brine shrimp and they should reproduce
     
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    It's really easy to do. All you need for brine is an empty soda bottle, an air stone and a small air pump. Even if you do buy one of the pre-fab hatcheries, they cost less than $20 I think. My fish enjoy live brine. It's fun to watch them "hunt" and act natural!
     
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    mikewurtz FOWLR Power! VIP Member

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    I think I'm gonna do it. It sounds fun. Yote - I have 2 kids ages 4 and 6, I'm sure they'll love it.

    Any thoughts on this hatchery? -

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    Also, what are the pros and cons of using live brine shrimp vs. frozen?
     
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    I found this doing some research on Brine Shrimp:

    Brine shrimp have a fairly narrow window of high nutritional value. If one does not feed the shrimp within about 8 hours, the shrimp lose a significant percentage of the shrimp's original nutritional advantage. The shrimp use that nutritional value for their own development as it was intended, but because of their rapid development, musch of that value become waste into the water column.

    I would think, based on the above info, frozen have no nutritional value at all. I'm sure the fish will eat them though.

    Hope this helps!
     
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