[RML] Martians

Ed Romana (erom at earthlink.net)
Fri, 18 Jul 1997 22:13:21 -0700 (PDT)

A few months ago after the weekly Saturday morning water
change the rainbows spawned but the eggs ware quickly eaten,
specially by the males. A few weeks later when the same thing
happened again I was prepared and netted some eggs. I kept
the net near the water surface.

After 10 days, July 4th, the day the Martian lander rolled
Soujourner off on to the surface , 1 fry appeared in the net,
the next day 13 more.

One black egg remained at the bottom of the net.
With an eye dropper I removed the egg and observed
it under a microscope. I could see inside the semi transparent
egg a heart betting at about once a second. I put the egg back
in the net and over night the following day it had hatched.

I transferred the fry to a ten gallon aquarium, with a sponge
filter at low air flow, and fed the fry Liquifry No 1 from Interpet.

In a beaker with one liter of water and 20 grams of salt,
and with an air stone bubbler Brine Shrimp hatched in 24 hours.
With the air stone removed and a flash light beam illuminating
the mid depth of the beaker, after a few minutes shrimp gather
on the beam and are easily removed with a large eye dropper
and can then be filtered trough a paper coffee filter.
The little Martians love to eat shrimp!

When I feed the shrimp dissolved dehydrated yeast solution
they all died over night, the water was slightly cloddy.

My questions to the List:
* How soon after hatching should brine shrimp be feed?.
*What are shrimp foods?
I also tried ground flakes on another batch but the shrimp died in hours.
* Do brine shrimp need filtered water?
* How long do shrimp take to grow so they can be feed to adult Rainbows?
* Is there a shrimp FAQ at some site?