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Re: BBS... to sieve or not to sieve?
"Ron @ FAR EAST" wrote:
> Hi all,
> I believe that most folks here hatch bbs for their killie frys but do
> a. siphon the nauplii through a sieve, so that the brine solution can be
> recycled (if so, who sells one online and what 'mesh' is recommended?).
> If it's homemade, what material would you recommend?
Not seived so it can be recycled, but so the bbs can be *rinsed* very well
to remove the inevitable bacterial mess they have with them. I NEVER recycle
bs hatch solution.
If you cannot get true bbs nets, there, then try a good handkerchief, which
is about the right mesh size. Knitted material, like for T shirts usually is
too open weave.
> b. harvest the bbs with a eyedropper/baster and squirt the entire
> content into the fry tank? Doing that will up the salinity of the
> grow-out water... will the gar frys tolerate/welcome it?... I don't mind
> the salt for the notho guentheri (if it helps to prevent velvet!).
Again, don't do it. The aerated brine solution with eggs has enough spare
organic matter to make an utter swamp of bacteria, overnight. You really
don't want to put it directly in your tanks.
> I recycle aquarium water (during water changes) for my potted plants,
> I'd like to reduce the amount of salt going into the soil. Have tried
> using a light/thin tightly-weaved cotton from an old T but the finest of
> bbs would slip through into a waste cup and I'm not sure what else to
> use. Any recommendations besides panty hose?
Both are much too open weave. Try a good-quality (originally) but
well-used/washed cotton or cotton-polyester (Terelene?) handkerchief. Throw
the used salt water away, and be sure to rinse the bbs carefully under the
cold-water tap to remove bacteria. Even if your tap water is chlorinated,
bbs don't mind a bit.
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