Here is the easiest way to hatch brine shrimp!!!!!
Step number one: Get a 2 quart cassarole dish and place
it where you want to hatch the shrimp. An elevated table will be good because you will possibly be siphoning out the shrimp,
so you will need to have a place lower than the dish to place your brine shrimp net.
Step number two: Place 4 tablespoons of non iodized salt in dish(as
described above). You could also use water from a marine tank if you have one,,or get premixed seawater from any well equipped
store,,,it is easier to use table salt.
Step number three: Fill the dish with two quarts(a little less)
of water. This is one of the few times I recommend paying attention to pH,,the water needs to be above neutral,,so if your
water is below 7.0 you will need to adjust it higher,,8.0 is better,,but please, adjust the pH before you put it in the cassarole
dish. If soft water is a problem just go to a friend or family member's house who has a harder higher ph type water and fill
some water jugs and bring them home,,this is easier.
Step number four: Place airstone in corner of dish. It must
be in the corner. This way when the eggs hatch they will be blown to the other side of the dish.
Step number five: Put brine shrimp eggs in the water. See
followup notes at bottom of page regarding amount of shrimp eggs to use. IMPORTANT!!
Step number six: Wait 24 hours. Pull out airstone SLOWLY
AND CAREFULLY. Do not stir the dish up at this point.
Step number seven: Place a small desk lamp or flashlight near corner
where you had the airstone. In five to ten minutes the corner of dish will be teeming with orange healthy baby brine shrimp
waiting to be eaten.
Step number eight: Either siphon brine shrimp out of dish at the
corner into a brine shrimp net or use a syringe. I use a jar as in the picture with the net in the top,,,I siphon water out
of the dish into the jar,,so the water goes through the shrimp net. Obviously the shrimp are in the net,,,some people rinse
the shrimp,,I do not. The minuscule amount of salt that you will be introducing will not harm anyone,,and at the worst, will
actually benefit the fish. You could use a syringe to remove the shrimp,,or a turkey baster,,,or an ear syringe that you use
in small children,,the trick though is to not disturb the water in the dish too much,,all of the eggshells have been blown
to the other end and you do not want to include these with the shrimp,,they are bad for baby fish.
Step number nine: Feed to your fish.
Step number ten: Start a new dish. If you start a dish in the morning
and at night,two dishes side by side you will have shrimp in the morning and at night. You want to prepare just enough shrimp
for one feeding,,baby brine shrimp start to lose their food value after 8-10 hours,,,so if you hatch just enough shrimp
for one feeding each time you will be supplying the very best food for baby fish.