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There are SO many brine shrimp egg sellers out there, it can be overwhelming. First I ordered San Francisco Bay brand on Amazon, because I was familiar with the brand name, and I was able to rush the shipping fairly inexpensively. They hatched fine, but 6 grams was $6.29. Then I ordered a different brand on Amazon because I ran out so fast, and it came in a 40 gram size. I'm not very happy with that brand. Very few actually even hatch, and I'm sorry I bought the larger package. So on to brineshrimpegg. I ordered from them on eBay about the same time as the 40 gram package on Amazon because I was really afraid I would run out before it arrived. I paid for priority shipping, but USPS didn't deliver it in good time - not the sellers fault, but they still communicated with me and offered a small discount on the shipping (even though they had to pay more to ship it priority). The price on eBay was $4.50 for 10 grams, claiming a 95% hatch rate - and I BELIEVE IT! This stuff is awesome, the bbs are swarming in there! on eBay Just tonight I learned they have a full website, where they sell the 10 gram package for $4.20 + free shipping. I will definitely be ordering from them from now on, and I wanted to let you all know about them too. http://www.brineshrimpegg.com/
Hello, People of Koko's! This week has been pretty hectic with school starting, my sister being in the hospital having a long-needed hysterectomy, and me being out of commission a full day after sedation for a medical procedure of my own. So, only yesterday did I notice that my AquaClear30 was plugged in, yet doing NOTHING besides having an extremely hot motor. It must have broken several days before, because the beneficial bacteria, residual gunk, and algae had had plenty of time to die and rot. As soon as I lifted the filter media out to clean it, A HORRID STENCH PERMEATED THE ENTIRE ROOM. In my partner's words: "It smells like you burned a bag of poop down here." I threw out the way too far gone fiberglass rectangle that had been on the bottom of the basket. Then I washed and washed and washed and washed the remaining media (a sponge and a big bag of ceramic pieces) with soap and chlorinated tap water, then I washed and washed and washed them just in tap water until there was not even a hint of soap. I put the sponge and bag of ceramic pieces on paper towels to dry. Today, they're BONE DRY, but still smell sorta like mildew. Is that normal? Are they safe to put back into a working filter? I know that the normal stuff in filters doesn't smell like roses, so I wouldn't expect filter media to ever come completely clean of odors. EDIT: No worries about my goldfish! My faithful AquaClear70 is still working perfectly. 45 gallons. Three 4-inch and under goldfish. Whole lotta algae and scraggly nibbled-on mossballs. The parameters are normal. And today I've done my usual just-enough-water-to-cover-the-goldfish water changes. I need to know how much of the filter is beyond saving before exchange/replace it.
I'm just starting out with my first batch of fry - accidental at that! I've been really apprehensive about a few different aspects of raising fry, one of which is the bbs (baby brine shrimp) hatchery. To me they look complicated, and weird, and possibly gross. But knowing that it could really help my chance at success with these little guys, I just have to give it a try! The credit for this tip goes to my husband. While I was nervously fiddling with my bottles and airline tubing this morning (read: clumsily knocking the empty bottles over repeatedly), he suggested putting rocks in the bottom bottle. I had some glass beads from a previous tank setup, so I used those - it works perfectly! Who wants to spill a batch of bbs all over the place? You could use whatever you have on hand, rocks, beads, sand... Anything to lower the center of gravity and keep the hatchery from being so top heavy. I thought I would share this tip! It has made me much more comfortable with my own hatchery, and I hope it will help take some of the scariness out of making a bbs hatchery for other beginners. Oh, the glamour...