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Re: Salt

> Date: Sun, 15 Feb 1998 01:05:09 -0800
> From: Jeremy <adamsjer at ucs_orst.edu>
> Subject: Salt?
> Silly question time. How much salt do you add to water for hatching baby brine
> shrimp. I am currently using 1 1/4 teaspoon to 1 liter of water. within 2 to 4
> days the BBS are all dead. I would like to have them live a little longer. I
> am hatchinh them in a plastic shoe box with 1 inch water, no air. I cant seem
> to find my hatching cone since I moved. I have both SF Bay eggs and Utah salt
> lake eggs.

I use more than twice that much salt, but it is "salts" for I use
"Instant Ocean" for the alkaline buffering they give. The amount isn't
really very critical. I use three level tablespoons of the salt mix to
about 1.5 liters of water. You can get almost the same effect by adding
epsom salts and baking soda to your regular salt.

Your lifetime for bbs is about normal. The bbs dissipate their initially
stored energy very quickly, when they start to molt a few hours after
hatching, then try to start filter feeding. They also lose most of their
real food value in that first day, so feeding them right after hatch is
pretty critical.

You can slow the process by putting them in a very shallow container in
the refrigerator.


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