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Triops!

Here is a young Triops swimming around his (or her) tank. The hatching rate of Triops is very low compared with Sea Monkeys. Out of half a packet of Triops eggs, only 6 hatched, and only 4 grew to the visible-to-the-unsquinting-eye scale. The other day (Saturday), I moved the 4 remaining Triops to the big 2.7 Gallon tank, but now only two are left. These are the biggest ones, one of which can be seen swimming around in the video. The others didn’t get sucked up into the pump intake (I checked), so I assume the biggest guys were busy snacking on their cohabitants overnight.

I also moved all of the Sea Monkeys into another 2.7 Gallon tank (this one with salt water). I love the wee beasts, and think they’ll enjoy having more room to swim. Well, also, they’ve been getting it on all week, and the females are now berried. Not sure what they’ll decide to do and when, ie., lay eggs or spawn live young. It is probably too cold in the tank (72 F) for them to spawn, though.

My Holy Grail (for the freshwater tank, at least) is to get some Red Cherry Shrimp. The tank is way too small for even five of them, but the water quality so far is good and there are lots of plants to take care of the bad gunk that builds up. Currently, I’m waiting on a corner filter to arrive to start cycling the tank in preparation for these things.

 

Sea Monkeys (Part 3)

Because I can’t stop at just one…
News of the Shrimp World!

1. The Barnacle was released safe and sound back on Ocean Beach.
2. Triops (square tank on the far right) have hatched, but they’re quite small for now, so I didn’t take any closeups of these guys. There are about five of them in there.
3. The Original Shrimp People of the first colony are doing well. They’ve grown to their adult size, and the males have hilarious looking mustaches.
4. This week, I populated the freshwater tank with a Golden Mystery Snail and a Nerite Tiger Snail, and added some plants (Java Moss, Java Fern and err… I forgot the name, the things that look like horsetail ferns.)

Below: Tiger Nerite Snail: a slow poke, not very dramatic to watch, likes to hide behind rocks and things, spends long hours sleeping. Golden Mystery Snail: zooms around the tank looking for food, almost always center stage: Golden Mystery Snail munching away on the tank wall:

Sea Monkeys swimming around (the remaining citizens of Colony #1):