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Grow instruction

for

Triops

This instruction is intended to provide a aquaculture with min. effort and max. success. Adri guarantees that in compliance with all steps, 90-100% of hatched Triops grow old and big.

Preparation
Things you need:

  • 2,6 gallon tank (optimal, also here bigger is better)
  • Sand (riversand f.e.)
  • Destilled water
  • Conditioner/Detritus (triops.com f.e)
  • possibly a heater 25W
  • pipette/turkey baster to remove dirt
  • Syringe/hose to change the water
  • food: JBL NovoPrawn (optional vegetables and bloodworms f.e)
  • Light (UV lamp optimally; but all other lamps are ok too)


First you should fill the dry sand in the tank –that much that the tank is evenly covered with 0,3-0,4 inch sand. Then wash the sand thoroughly with tapwater.

Now place the tank on the place you provided and fill the tank with distilled water completely. Install and plug in the heater. Now set the temperature that the heater is expected to create in the water. Also put the three conditioners in the water and leave them for 24h. If the temperature is constant after the 24h, remove the conditioner. Now you're fully prepared.


Starting
When everything is ok you put the eggs in the water. Switch on the light and keep it on for 12-16h per day.
After 24h there should see tiny twitching drop-shaped dots. Those are the freshly hatched larvae. The most important thing is now: Leaving it alone! Neither feeding nor doing anything else in the tank. he On the Third day after they hatched you feed a little of powdered NovoPrawn .
The first days:
It's important not to feed too much. By a size of 0,5cm you should feed 2 powdered NovoPrawn pellets per day. When the Triops is 1cm in size you should feed 1 crushed pellet per Triops, when it's 1,5cm in size you should feed 2 crushed pellets per Triops.


Adulthood
At a size of 2cm you feed 2 non-crushed pellets also you can offer 'snacks' like bloodworms, vegetables or flies.
At this siz the triops ususally starts laying eggs. Those you can remove with a pipette/turkey baster or a spoon with little sand to let it dry.
From now on you should remove the feces, food particals and skins. In spite of all hygienic arrangements the tank gets dirty. Either you change 50% of water each week or you buy some daphnia. These water fleas clean your tank firstly and secondly they're live food for your triops. They breed so fast that your triops will always has food and simultaneously they clean your tank.

Death
The life expectancy varies from species and temperature. The life expectany is 60-70 days averagely.

Additional information
This instruction is usable for any triops species. Only the temperature differs. To determine the temperature you need, I recommend reading the various articles about hte dirfferent species.