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brine shrimp hatching in Tampa's perfect water
I know people on the Tampa side of the state
and in North Florida have great, friendly spring water or river water, but
not in Palm Beach County
Well, in Tampa it is far from spring water and is full of chloramines and
chlorine. The conductivity out of the tap here is 900 to 1100 micro/s as
measured with a pinpoint conductivity meter, whereas rain water is about 35
micro/s. Hardly soft and hardly spring water. I use Fritz-gard water
conditioner. It breaks down chloramines, chlorine, ammonia, and
precipitates heavy metals. It has that stupid good for nothing slime crap in
it, but it doesn't seem to bother the cichlids or the brine shrimp. The BBS
actually last about 2 to 3 days in solution here, unless I give them a water
change and some powderized spirulina, then they might last a week or more
but lose their nutritional value.
The nauplii seem to
begin emerging from the shell, but cannot fully free themselves before
dying. Then they hang from the egg like small parachutists as their mass
tries to sink them and the boyancy of the shell tries to float them.
Mine do this but after 24 hours they will be almost totally separate from
the egg shells.
a rain cistern (problematic in our current, near-record drought),
tell me about it, even our oak trees are dying and that never happens.
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