Take a 2 liter soda bottle and cut off the bottom of the bottle (right where it starts to curve inward).
Turn the bottle upside down and screw it into the Hatchery base.
Attach one end of the airline tubing to the bottom of the base and the other end to an air pump. To prevent pump damage during a power failure use a check valve (found at your local pet/fish store) or place pump above water surface level.
Fill the bottle with 1 liter (about 1/2 full) of dechlorinated water.
Plug in air pump to start aeration.
Add one packet of Hatch Mix™ (if you are mixing your own eggs and salt; use a teaspoon of eggs and 1 tablespoon of aquarium rock salt or synthetic sea salt).
Place a light source about 8 inches away from the bottom of the bottle.
Temperature should be about 80-82 degrees F; pH should be maintained above 8.0.
Eggs should hatch in 24-36 hours
Harvesting the baby brine shrimp
Unplug air pump (keep pump above water surface)
Wait approximately 5-10 minutes for babies to swim towards the light at the bottom of the bottle and for the shells to float to the top.
Remove airline tubing from pump (keeping above water surface).
Slowly lower tubing over a brine shrimp net to strain babies from water.
Rinse babies under cool tap water to remove salt.
Feed to your fish.
Dump hatching water from bottle
Remove bottle from Hatchery
Clean bottle and Hatchery with hot tap water and rinse well (you can also use a commercial aquarium cleaner)
NEVER USE HATCHING WATER MORE THAN ONCE. ALWAYS USE A CLEAN BOTTLE.
Hatchery Base, 3 Hatch Mix™ Packets (Brine Shrimp Eggs, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride), 3 Ft. Air Line Tubing.
Brine shrimp contain beta carotene a natural color enhancer, high levels of lipids and essential unsaturated fatty acids required for biological processes.
There are a variety of quality prepared foods currently available that satisfy the nutritional needs of both fish and invertebrates. However, supplementing the diet with live food can provide additional nutritional benefits.
With the wide variety of commercial foods
available, it is sometimes difficult to determine
which type of food to feed your fish. When
choosing a food, the first thing you need to know
is what type of diet is natural to your fish.
Fish need protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately few foods contain all or enough of these essential nutrients. Therefore, the best way to ensure all their nutritional prerequisites are met is to give them a varied diet.
Good nutrition is a must for healthy aquarium inhabitants and a healthy ecosystem. Every year, thousands of fish become diseased or die because of malnutrition. Poor nutrition affects the fish's immune system, making them more susceptible to disease.