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.


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