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Re: Separating Artemia from eggs
Killie24 at aol_com wrote:
> What's the best net or filter to use to separate newly hatched brine shrimp
> from the eggs and salt water? When my needs were small I just used a baster
> and "sucked" a bunch of Artemia as they gathered toward the light source. I
> figured a little salt was ok, even good against velvet etc. Now I have more
> fish. What method do all of you experts use?
A little "salt" is *not* good, for it has a huge bacteria load from the
hatching process. *Always* rinse the nauplii well before feeding.
The nets for catching (not separating) are called brine-shrimp nets.
Available off the web, mail order, and usually at your LFS. [My campaign
against TLAs died from lack of interest, BTW. :-)]
I use a few minutes of settling. With high-grade eggs (and proper
light/heat/aereation/etc.), all the shells float, so a siphon from the
bottom gets pure bbs until the surface gets very near the siphon.
Stopping with a tablespoon or two of water in the hatching cone/bottle
leaves almost pure bbs in the fine net used to catch them and to drain
off the salt water. Stick the net under the faucet and rinse with cold
water before dunking them into a glass of cold water from which baster
feeding works nicely.
Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntley1 at home dot com
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